First-Year Student Scholarships at Penn State York

Steps to receive scholarship consideration:

  1. Receive an offer of admission to Penn State York. You may submit your admissions application and view your status online.

  2. Submit a 2021–22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The recommended deadline is December 1 or as soon as possible. Students do not need to wait for a decision from their application before submitting a FAFSA. Federal School Code: 003329

  3. Complete Penn State York’s First-Year Scholarship Application once you have an offer of admission to Penn State York. The scholarship application will go live November 1.  

Scholarship awarding will begin in early February.

Most Popular First-Year Scholarships at Penn State York

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Discover Penn State

This newly established award is available to Penn State students from states bordering Pennsylvania (Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, and West Virginia), as well as the District of Columbia and Virginia. Students from these states may be considered for an award of $6,000 in their freshman and sophomore years, and $7,000 in their junior and senior years. The Discover Award will follow a student to another Commonwealth Campus but not to University Park. The priority application date for students enrolling for the upcoming fall is November 30. Submission of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is also required.

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Chancellor Award

The Chancellor Award ranges between $1,000 and $3,000, with a preference for high-achieving students who are the first in their families to attend college and are from Pennsylvania.

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Commonwealth Campus (CWC) Award

The Commonwealth Campus Award is a $2,000 award. This award is renewable for a second year at Penn State York.

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York Endowed Scholarship

Penn State York has many scholarship endowments funded by generous donors. Donors specify whether they want these funds to go to students enrolled in a designated major or from a designated county. Endowed scholarships are educational funds that students do not have to pay back. Eligibility for scholarships is often based on merit, and in many cases, financial need. A majority of York Endowed Scholarships go to York County and Pennsylvania residents. A total of more than $440,000 in scholarships were awarded to 257 students for 2019–20.