Maguire Scholars Program

Prepares students to make a positive contribution to society.

The Maguire Foundation provides scholarship support to up to five students at Penn State beginning in their first year for a maximum of eight semesters. The Maguire Scholars Program selects students who graduate from a Maguire Foundation partner high school. High academic achievement and continuous leadership through service of the community are the program’s foundations for building a system of success.

Maguire Scholars are part of the Penn State Educational Equity Scholars community, a group of students who bring diverse perspectives, identities, and interests to Penn State. Maguire Scholars join a cohort of their classmates in a living-learning program in their first year and receive support from the Office of Scholars Programs. Maguire and the Educational Equity Scholars program reflect Penn State’s commitment to academic excellence and human advancement by valuing the learning and growth that comes from engaging with a diverse and inclusive community.


  • 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


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

Program Contact

Morgan H. Okello, Director, Office of Scholars Programs