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The Office of Veterans Programs (OVP) currently administers several scholarships for student veterans, actively serving military members and military dependents. Information regarding OVP guidelines, descriptions of the scholarships, and an online application form can be found below.

Scholarship Applications MUST be received by midnight on Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

Review all of the scholarship criteria prior to submitting the application. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Veterans Programs at 814-863-0465 or . The link to the online application can be found below.

Office of Veterans Programs Scholarship Procedures:
In order to be eligible for scholarships through the Office of Veterans Programs students applying must meet all of the criteria outlined below: 

A. Eligibility Criteria for All Scholarships Administered by OVP:
Students must meet the academic requirements and military affiliation requirements as outlined in the scholarship guidelines in order to receive a scholarship award. The military affiliation of all scholarship recipients will be verified by the Office of Veterans Programs prior to the scholarship award.

B. Application Deadline:
The Office of Veterans Programs will accept applications for scholarships until May 31, 2017, at midnight. Applications must be submitted no later than midnight on May 31. Applications received after the May 31 deadline will not be considered by the scholarship committee.

C. Financial Aid Information:
In addition to completing the OVP scholarship application, applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for determination of financial need for each academic year. This application can be obtained from the Office of Student Aid or the student aid representative at any Penn State campus. The application can also be obtained at the following website: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA application is critical in the scholarship review process. Scholarships will not be reviewed or awarded unless a current FAFSA has been submitted.

All scholarships are competitive in nature. Penn State uses the results of the FAFSA to determine demonstrated financial need. Students who have an expected family contribution lower than Penn State's cost of attendance demonstrate some degree of financial need. Although all students demonstrating need are considered for need-based scholarships, donors intend that students with substantial financial need will be given first consideration.

D. Scholarship Application Criteria:
Students must meet all of the criteria set forth in the scholarship guidelines in order to be eligible for a specific scholarship. Guidelines for the scholarship criteria are clearly indicated by the donor. Descriptions and guidelines for scholarships available through OVP are included below.

Scholarship applications submitted during the spring semester are awarded for the fall and spring semesters of the following academic year. That is, award amounts are distributed by placing half in the student's account in the fall semester and half in the student's account in the spring semester. Awards are not given in one lump sum for any one semester. Awards are not given for summer sessions.

On the application form, students must indicate the scholarship(s) for which they are applyingIt is not necessary to submit a separate application for each scholarship.

E. Notification to Scholarship Award Recipients:
Students awarded scholarships will be notified by the Office of Veterans Programs after the scholarship committee has met, and prior to the fall semester. Scholarship awardees are asked to write a "Thank You" letter to the scholarship donor.

Descriptions of Scholarships Available Through the Office of Veterans Programs

The Betty H. Gofus Trustee Scholarship in Educational Equity
The purpose of this scholarship shall be to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll at The Pennsylvania State University who have demonstrated need for funds to meet their necessary college expenses.

Eligibility: Consideration for this scholarship shall be given to all undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll at The Pennsylvania State University who have demonstrated financial need. The Office of Veterans Programs is responsible for identifying the eligible pool of students for the Office of Student Aid. First preference shall be given to students from the eligible pool who are veterans.



The Jerry and Jacquelyn Grossman Scholarship for U.S. Military Veterans
The purpose of this scholarship shall be to provide recognition and financial assistance to the outstanding undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll at The Pennsylvania State University who are veterans of the United States military and who have demonstrated need for funds to meet their necessary college requirements.

Eligibility: Consideration for this scholarship shall be given to all full-time undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll at The Pennsylvania State University who are veterans of the United States military and who have a demonstrated financial need.  First preference shall be given to students enrolled in the Smeal College of Business and majoring in Finance. Second preference shall be given to students enrolled in the Smeal College of Business. Third preference shall be given to students enrolled in the College of the Liberal Arts and majoring in Economics. Fourth preference shall be given to students enrolled in either the College of Engineering or the College of Information Sciences and Technology.



The George W. and Joanne T. Rauchfuss Scholarship for Veterans
The purpose of this scholarship shall be to provide recognition and financial assistance to the outstanding undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll at The Pennsylvania State University who have demonstrated need for funds to meet their necessary college expenses and who are veterans (as defined by the U.S. Department of Education) or a documented dependent of a veteran.

Eligibility: Consideration for this scholarship shall be given to all full-time undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll at The Pennsylvania State University who have achieved superior academic records or who manifest promise of outstanding academic success; who have demonstrated financial need; and, who are veterans (as defined by the U.S. Department of Education) or a documented dependent of a veteran.



Rehab Club Memorial Scholarship
The purpose of this scholarship shall be to provide recognition and financial assistance to outstanding students enrolled or planning to enroll at The Pennsylvania State University who have a proven need for funds to meet their necessary college expenses.

Eligibility: Consideration for this scholarship shall be given to all full-time undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll at The Pennsylvania State University who have achieved superior academic records or who manifest promise of outstanding academic success, have good character and who have a proven financial need. First preference shall be given to lineal descendants of World War I veterans. Second preference shall be given to veterans with service-connected or nonservice connected disabilities.



Veterans Special Needs Endowed Scholarship
The purpose of this scholarship shall be to provide recognition and financial assistance to the outstanding graduate and undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll at The Pennsylvania State University who have demonstrated need for funds to meet their necessary college expenses and who are veterans (as defined by the U.S. Department of Education) or a documented dependent of a veteran.

Eligibility: Consideration for this scholarship shall be given to all full-time graduate and undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll at The Pennsylvania State University who have achieved superior academic records or who manifest promise of outstanding academic success; who have demonstrated financial need; and, who are veterans (as defined by the U.S. Department of Education) or a documented dependent of a veteran.


Scholarship Application
 

Scholarship Applications MUST be received by midnight on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Review all of the scholarship procedures prior to submitting the application. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Veterans Programs at 814-863-0465 or .