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Application Information

Thank you for your interest in the Maguire Scholars Program at Penn State.
The application for the 2022–2023 academic year is now closed.

The application for the 2023-2024 academic year will open in February 2023.

General Information
The Maguire Scholars Program at Penn State selects students who graduate from a Maguire Foundation partner high school. The Maguire Foundation provides last-dollar scholarship support to up to five students beginning in their first year for a maximum of eight semesters. Scholars must remain in good academic standing and be an active participant in school and their community.

Maguire Scholars at Penn State:

  • Receive support and mentorship from an academic coach in the Office of Scholars Programs
  • Meet monthly with all Maguire Scholars for peer engagement and support
  • Develop and complete community action or service-learning project each semester
  • First-year Scholars will live in the Educational Equity Scholars Special Living Option in Beaver Hall and attend a Scholars Seminar during their fall and spring semesters

Eligibility to Apply

  • Qualify for admission to and attend Penn State University Park
  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by Penn State's Financial Aid Office
  • Graduate from a Maguire Foundation partner high school
  • Have a minimum 3.0 grade-point average or equivalent in high school
  • Be engaged in community action, extracurricular activities, or leadership programs
  • Contribute at least $5,000 per year to tuition, room, and board
  • Complete a Maguire Scholars Program Application
  • Provide a letter of recommendation from a high school teacher, counselor, or community leader
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Recommendation letters
Applications to the Maguire Scholars program need to include a letter of recommendation from a high school teacher, counselor, or community leader who can accurately assess the potential of the applicant to maximize this scholarship opportunity.

Recommendation letters should include:

  • Maguire Scholar applicant's first and last name
  • Recommender's first name, last name, and middle initial (if applicable)
  • Title
  • Name of School/Organization
  • Office Address
  • Cell Phone
  • Work Phone
  • Email address

Submit your recommendation.

Please contact LaShelle Cross ( with questions.

General Information

Scholars Programs
The Pennsylvania State University
323 Grange Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-867-1958