Current Student Resources


Thanks to the contributions of individuals and foundations, the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications continues to award a record amount of scholarship support to communications students each year. Most scholarships are awarded by a scholarship committee in May to apply toward the following year's expenses.

Students at the University Park campus interested in applying for scholarships must complete the online application.

Who receives a scholarship?

The typical recipient of a Bellisario College scholarship is a sophomore or junior at the time of application, has a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher and has unmet financial need. All currently enrolled students are eligible to apply. The selection process is extremely competitive.

Are incoming freshmen eligible for scholarships?

There are limited merit- and need-based funds for incoming students. 
2021-22 Scholarship Application for Incoming Students 
Deadline: May 2, 2021, for the 2021-22 academic year.

Application Process / Form to Complete

2021-22 Scholarship Application for Returning Students
Required to be considered for any scholarship from the Belisario College.
Deadline: April 15, 2021, for the 2021-22 academic year.


Recipient selection is based on the pre-set criteria established for each scholarship. While on scholarship, students must continue to meet the eligibility requirements:

  • Declare a major in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at University Park
  • Complete a full-time course load (12 or more credits per semester with a requirement of 30 credits per year)
  • Maintain a respectful cumulative GPA
  • Attend scholarship recognition events as requested

Eligibility Questions

Janet Klinefelter


After the start of classes in Fall 2021, scholarship monies will be awarded to student accounts in the Office of the University Bursar and disbursed as stipulated by the scholarship guidelines. 


Scholarships are not automatically renewable and a new scholarship application should be filed each year.


Scholarship awarding is an ongoing process; however, the majority of the awarding is completed in June before the upcoming academic year. You will be notified by an email to your Penn State address -- and there is a deadline to respond.


If you do not receive a scholarship in the first round, your application will be kept on file for the academic year and will be reconsidered if additional funds become available.


Janet Klinefelter

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