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Multicultural Resource Center

The Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) provides individual counseling and educational services for undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds at University Park and assists students in meeting the challenges associated with education and attaining a degree at a major research institution. MRC counselors work with students on a variety of issues, and the staff is dedicated to helping students succeed and graduate from Penn State.

Office of Veterans Programs

The Office of Veterans Programs at the University Park campus is organized as a comprehensive, direct service unit for veterans and Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) benefits recipients. The office is staffed by five full-time professionals and approximately twenty student veterans who work part-time under the provisions of DVA work-study. The staff and students provide services in three major areas: Outreach, Certification, and General Counseling.

Office of Scholars Programs

The Office of Scholars Programs manages four scholars programs within the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity: the Bunton-Waller Fellows, Lenfest Scholars, Maguire Scholars, and Milton Hershey Scholars. These four programs have the broad and shared goal to enhance the inclusion efforts at Penn State, and provide support to underrepresented and underserved students in higher education. We offer support and resources for Scholars students, including an Educational Equity Scholars Special Living Option, the Scholarship and Community seminar, academic coaching, and ongoing support for Scholars’ academic progress and success.

Student Disability Resources

This site is designed to offer information regarding services for students with disabilities at The Pennsylvania State University.

Talent Search Programs (McKeesport, University Park, York)

We believe that education is the best pathway to economic parity and social equality. We encourage and support students from families where educational attainment, finances, or other resources may limit opportunities to achieve their educational goals beyond high school. We strive to ensure that through our services and support, students will be successful against personal odds. 

TRIO Training Academy

The TRIO Training Academy provides a variety of professional development opportunities for TRIO professionals and others who advocate for marginalized and underrepresented populations across the nation. As one of the Federal TRIO programs, the TRIO Training Academy hosts Priority 4: Financial Aid, Financial Literacy and Admissions trainings, as well as a variety of other programs and resources.

Upward Bound Programs

Upward Bound is a federally funded program that helps high-school students gain academic skills and motivation to continue their education beyond high school. At Penn State, the Upward Bound Program serves at least 116 students each year from six target high schools in five counties - Clearfield, Dauphin, Huntingdon, Mifflin, and Perry.

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