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Giving to Penn State Undergraduate Education

From orientation programs to scholarship support to involvement in research, the services provided by Undergraduate Education engage students in learning on campus and in communities around the world. With your support, students have the freedom to explore and take advantage of these opportunities as they strive to become engaged and responsible leaders.

The breadth and depth of programs in Undergraduate Education offers many ways to support Penn State students with contributions at any level. The Director of Development for Undergraduate Education, Andrea Pagano-Reyes, will be happy to discuss a gift that has meaning for you. Please contact her at or 814-865-7698.

Highlighted below are some opportunities for your gift to have a direct and meaningful impact on students’ lives today and help them succeed far into their future.

Student Engagement Fund

A twenty-first-century college education is dynamic, multi-faceted, and global. It begins in the classroom but does not end there, as students test their knowledge in internships, broaden their perspectives through study abroad, serve their communities through volunteer service, extend their leadership skills through student organizations, launch their own start-up companies, and more. Known as student engagement, out-of-classroom learning accelerates students’ development and enhances their preparation for life after graduation. As we seek to educate students who will be active, responsible citizens in an ever-changing world, we want to make them aware of the many opportunities available to them as they start their journey. The Student Engagement Network (SEN) is Penn State’s commitment to making student engagement a central part of the undergraduate experience and is a comprehensive initiative to promote student engagement across Penn State’s twenty campuses. The SEN is operated in partnership with Student Affairs. Allocation code: XXUSE

ROTC and Military Scholarships

The Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) trains undergraduate students to become commissioned officers in the United States Armed Forces. Students in ROTC must attend service specific ROTC academic classes, which count for college credit, and participate in weekly leadership labs and physical fitness training as part of the program. Students may receive a competitive, merit-based scholarship, covering all or part of their college tuition and fees.

In addition, there are specific military scholarships dedicated to supporting students who demonstrate leadership skills and a commitment to excellence.


Undergraduate Micro-Scholarships

Keeping Penn State accessible for students from every economic background has long been a chief institutional priority for our University. A new approach focuses on a
micro-scholarship program, which provides opportunities for high school students to earn scholarship dollars toward their college education by successfully completing specific academic and co-curricular requirements set by the University.

Penn State’s micro-scholarship program is offered through, a San Francisco-based start-up with Pennsylvania roots. Gifts will be used to directly support student micro-scholarships. While Penn State provides funding, gifts through private philanthropy will increase the impact of these scholarships by making more available to students. Allocation code: XXUMS

Penn State Learning

Penn State Learning offers tutoring services in hundreds of courses across the undergraduate curriculum at no additional cost to students. These services are enhanced by gifts that make it possible for the 150 undergraduate peer tutors and study group leaders to receive advanced training and to attend and present at regional, national, and international conferences.

Lion LaunchPad

Lion LaunchPad is a business accelerator program created to help student entrepreneurs turn innovative product and service concepts into viable startup companies. Lion LaunchPad is part of Penn State’s support of students in all majors who want to develop a stronger entrepreneurial mindset.

Student Orientation and Transition Programs

The Office for Student Orientation and Transition Programs (SOTP) provides a comprehensive learning experience for every Penn State undergraduate student in support of a successful academic, social, and personal transition to the University. These scholarships go towards enhancing programs and supporting the student leaders who volunteer their time throughout the academic year and are employed throughout the summer to assist new students, parents, and family members transition to Penn State.

Erickson Discovery Grant Program

The Erickson Discovery Grant Program supports undergraduate student engagement in original research, scholarship, and creative work under the direct supervision of a faculty member.

If you are interested in funding any of these worthwhile scholarships and programs, or if you would like to establish a new scholarship or award, please contact Andrea Pagano-Reyes, Director of Development for Undergraduate Education, at or 814-865-7698.