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The following is provided to answer general questions about scholarships offered by the College of Information Sciences and Technology.

If you have any questions regarding scholarships in the College of IST, please email scholarships@ist.psu.edu. For additional information, visit the Penn State Office of Student Aid website.

At this time, the College of IST uses a scholarship application for the David Rusenko Entrepreneur in Residence Scholarship. An application is not required for consideration of other awards in the college, assuming all eligibility criterial have been met.  

Yes. You can still receive the scholarship if you are studying abroad at a Penn State approved or affiliated program and are taking a full course load (twelve or more credits).

No, you will only receive half of the scholarship amount. 

Yes, you are still eligible for consideration, however, many scholarships and awards have a higher minimum GPA criterion. In such cases you would need to meet the minimum GPA requirement to be considered for these particular awards. Other factors that will affect your chances of receiving a scholarship are:

  • the total number of eligible students
  • the average GPA of eligible students
  • and the level of financial need of each eligible student (as determined by completion and submission of the FAFSA). 

Because these numbers change from year to year, receiving an award is not a guarantee that you will be eligible for the same and/or new awards in subsequent years.  

Most scholarships are made by mid-summer. On rare occasions, new scholarships may become available during an academic semester. In such cases, awards will be made when the funds are available. When an award is made, the funds are visible in LionPATH on the student's account.

No, only students who have been selected for an award will receive e-mail notification.

Not necessarily. No award is automatically renewed at IST unless the donor has specifically requested this as part of the scholarship guidelines when the award was established. Renewed awards are always contingent upon the recipient meeting the minimum criteria of the award.

Other factors that will affect your chances of receiving a scholarship are:

  • the total number of eligible students
  • the average GPA of eligible students
  • and the level of financial need of each eligible student (as determined by completion and submission of the FAFSA). 

No.  However, it is highly recommended that you file a FAFSA each year no later than February 15th. 

Information from your FAFSA is used to determine awards that are based on financial need. Therefore, if you do not have a FAFSA on file with the University's Financial Aid Office, you will not be considered for any award that has a need-based criterion.

You need to file your FAFSA form at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. The recommended filing date is February15. but we encourage you to apply as soon as you can after October 1. To be considered for a need-based scholarship, you must complete a FAFSA; otherwise you only will be considered for merit-based scholarships.