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EMS Financial Aid and Scholarships

Through the generosity of our alumni and friends, the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences annually provides financial aid to our students in good academic standing. This is in addition to funds available through Penn State and the various departments.

3 Main Sources of Financial Aid

The college has three primary financial aid sources:

These sources of financial aid are available to all students in the College, regardless of their campus of enrollment.

Emergency Grants

  1. Terry Mohney Emergency Assistance Fund
    Emergency grants are awarded to students who encounter extraordinary events or circumstances that could negatively affect their ability to continue their studies in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. Emergency grants are awarded on a case-by-case basis and can be given to a student no more than once per academic year. Limited funding is available. 

Millennium Scholars

Millennium Scholars are high-achieving STEM students aiming to be leaders in their field with a commitment to increasing diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math disciplines. Millennium Scholars receive scholarship, academic, and advising support and are expected to work hard and study in a collaborative environment, conduct research with a faculty mentor, and maintain an excellent academic record.  If you believe you are ready to give what it takes to be a Millennium Scholar follow the links below:

  1. Learn more
  2. Apply now

Departmental Scholarships

Our departments also offer scholarships. For information about EMS department scholarships, visit the following links:

Academic Award Competitions

The College also has several academic award competitions including the Ellen Steidle Achievement Award, Dean Edward Steidle Memorial Scholar Award, William Grundy Haven Student Paper Competition and the GEMS Diamond Award. 

Penn State Scholarships

Penn State scholarships are awarded to exemplary students and are highly competitive due to limited funding. Scholarships are a form of gift aid that does not need to be re-paid.

Other Opportunities

Penn State offers many sources of financial aid. An excellent website for understanding the financial aid system, as well as for private scholarship databases is the Office of Student Aid. If you have a work study grant, use eLion to see available jobs. If you want an on-campus job but don’t have a work study grant, visit Other Employment Opportunities to locate wage payroll positions.

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