We know families carefully consider the value of the investments they make, and education is no exception. Penn State New Kensington prides itself in partnering with students and families to help meet their needs, from academics to student engagement and affordability.
Students may qualify for financial aid programs that ease the financial burden associated with completing a college degree. There are many University-wide awards and scholarships, as well as New Kensington specific scholarships, that help make a Penn State New Kensington education affordable. In fact, up to 85% of Penn State New Kensington receive some form of financial aid. In 2019, Penn State New Kensington awarded $300,000 out of its endowments to 120 students. With other University-wide scholarships and awards given, 237 students received a total of $920,000.
Your application for admission to Penn State is the application for consideration for scholarships and awards.
This newly established award is available to Penn State students from states bordering Pennsylvania (DE, MD, OH, NJ, NY, and WV), as well as the District of Columbia and Virginia. Students from these states may be considered for an award of $6,000 in their freshman and sophomore years, and $7,000 in their junior and senior years. Students who transfer from a community college to Penn State New Kensington may be considered for an award of $6,500 a year for three years to help them earn a bachelor’s degree. The Discover Award will follow a student to another Commonwealth Campus, but not to University Park. The priority review date for students enrolling for the upcoming fall semester is November 30; please have your Penn State application complete and submitted by this date. This award also requires a FAFSA sent to Penn State to be considered; the priority date for submitting your FAFSA is December 1.
The Provost Award is dedicated to Pennsylvania residents and out-of-state students who do not qualify for The Discover Penn State Award. The Provost award ranges between $5,000 (for freshmen and sophomores) and $7,000 (for juniors and seniors). The Provost Award follows a student if the student transitions to another Commonwealth Campus or to University Park.
The Penn State New Kensington Honors Program is designed for stronger students in all majors. Our program seeks applicants with a record of academic achievement and a commitment to scholarship. Penn State New Kensington Honors students work closely with professors and fellow honors students in honors courses and independent study, conduct independent research and present it at the annual Research and Creative Expo, attend cultural and academic activities, earn honors credits which appear on Penn State transcripts, and receive a $3,500 honors scholarship each year that they remain at Penn State New Kensington.
The Honors Scholarship Program is by invite only.
Candidates will be invited to fill out an application that must be submitted by March 13 for consideration.