Penn State Penn State: College of the Liberal Arts



Political Science students can apply for scholarships through the College of the Liberal Arts. Upon completing the college’s online scholarship application, and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you will automatically be considered for any department or college-level scholarship for which you qualify.

Scholarship applications are due April 1 and recipients will be notified by June 1.

Scholarship Eligibility

While on a scholarship, students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • full-time course load at University Park campus (12 or more credits per semester)
  • declare a major in the College of the Liberal Arts
  • maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • continue to meet the specific requirements of the scholarship, which may include but are not limited to: county/state and country residency; desire to pursue public/community or government services; leadership; internship; study abroad; outstanding academics; or proof of financial need based on the FAFSA

Other Funding Sources

You will need to supplement college or department scholarships with other funding sources such as grants, loans, or work-study. Additional information on those options is available from the Office of Student Aid.

In addition, the University Fellowships Office coordinates scholarships and fellowships funded by sources outside of Penn State. Whether you are majoring in computers, liberal arts, or science, you may be the perfect candidate for one or more of the scholarships listed under “Valuable Other Sources” or for some of the internationally “Prestigious Scholarships.” The office also provides guidance throughout the application process for students interested in applying for these scholarships, fellowships and awards.