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The Arts and Architecture Alumni Society Scholarship

Alumni Society Scholarship Information for Students: APPLICATION PERIOD FOR 2020 IS FEBRUARY 20-MARCH 27

If you are an Arts & Architecture undergraduate student with an anticipated graduation date of December 2020, May 2021 or August 2021 with a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA, and some amount of leadership or service in at least one of the following areas, you are eligible to apply:

  • Participation in extracurricular activities, such as clubs or student government
  • Maintaining an employment schedule (work study or off-campus)
  • Community service, or service to the academic department, school, or college.

The scholarships are $1,000. Up to seven will be awarded across the college. Each recipient will get half of the money in Fall 2020 and the other half in Spring 2021 (December 2020 graduates will receive the full amount in Fall 2020).

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. March 27, 2020. No exceptions.

The fill-and-complete application form is available here. Once complete, email it as an attachment (along with essay) to Joyce Hoffman.  No other materials, like resumes, will be accepted--only the form and your one-page essay. When saving your application, please name the file (using YOUR last name) like this: Hoffman_AAScholar_Application. Save your essay using a similar naming convention, like: Hoffman_AAScholar_Essay

If you are selected, you will be notified by email during the latter part of March. Those not selected will be informed as well. Winners will be asked to attend the College of Arts and Architecture Spring Awards Ceremony to be formally recognized. The date for the 2020 ceremony is Wednesday, April 15 at 4:00 p.m. in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art.


Click here to view the recipients from past years.

For Alumni

With generous donations from alumni and friends of the College, the Alumni Society Board has successfully raised nearly $270,000, exceeding the initial goal of $150,000. We have our sights set on an eventual goal of $350,000 which should allow us the opportunity to award up to seven scholarships per year across the College, at $2,500 each.

You can help us get to the next level with a gift of any amount and know that you are helping the next generation of leaders in the arts and design.

How do I give?

Checks payable to Penn State can be mailed to the College of Arts and Architecture Advancement Office, 107 Borland Building, University Park, PA 16802. Or, online gifts may be made here.

Interested in a multi-year pledge, or a future bequest that will benefit the Alumni Society Scholarship? For more information, contact Don Lenze.