Penn State New Kensington awards scholarship money to new and returning students who show academic promise, leadership qualities, service to the community and/or financial need. Available scholarships include the Blue and White Scholarship program, the Honors Program, ASPIRE, as well as scholarships for returning, adult, and transfer students. These funds were established by generous supporters who understand the importance of keeping a Penn State education an affordable option for our students.

The University also offers scholarships, such as the Provost and Chancellor scholarships, and students are automatically evaluated for these opportunities.

Scholarship Amount  Criteria 
Scholarships at Penn State New Kensington
Blue and White (first-year award, non-renewable)


1050 and above on the SAT or 23 and above on the ACT on one testing date
Honors (first-year and returning award, renewable)


High school GPA of 3.5 and above as well as 1150 and above on the SAT or 25 and above on the ACT on one testing date
ASPIRE (A Scholarship Program Inspiring Responsible Economics)

 $500 - $1,000

Must be enrolled in ASPIRE and attend all scheduled workshops throughout the academic year and graduate from Penn State New Kensington
Returning Student Scholarship (returning award, non-renewable)


Must have high academic merit and financial need

Adult Learning Scholarship (first-year and returning award, non-renewable)

 $750 - $1,500

Must meet University guidelines that define an adult student; must have high academic merit and financial need

Transfer Student Scholarship (non-renewable)


Must meet University guidelines that define a transfer student; must have high academic merit and financial need

How do you apply for Penn State New Kensington Scholarships?

All new and returning Penn State New Kensington students are automatically considered for any scholarships offered by the University upon their acceptance to the University or upon completion of their grade report each semester. All students who wish to be considered for need-based scholarships must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). New students should file prior to February 15, and returning students and transfer students should file prior to April 15 of the year they plan on attending for maximum consideration of financial aid.   

Need Help Searching For Scholarships?

Students interested in additional aid can apply for scholarships from outside organizations such as church groups, community groups, etc. There are various free scholarship search services available through the internet to help students find scholarships that are not offered through Penn State. Below are four links to sites that can help with the search process.