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Thank you for taking the time to explore a Schreyer Honors College gift. Your gift can change lives and make an Honors College education possible for a student who otherwise may not be able to attend. We are incredibly grateful to our current and future donors.

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Existing Funds

Making a philanthropic gift is a very personal decision; therefore, we want to ensure your gift aligns with your values. Schreyer Honors College offers many ways for you to support current and future Scholars. Take some time to explore the stories on this page to better understand the impact of a gift to any of these funds.

Out-of-Classroom Experiences

Schreyer Scholar Cris Kocian working in a lab

These funds directly support out-of-classroom opportunities, a vital part of the honors experience and integral to our mission. Each year, the College awards more than $500,000 in support to current Scholars for national and international travel, research experiences, and internships or co-ops. These funds can help with expenses, such as travel, lab fees, equipment, housing, and more.

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Thrive as Scholars

Schreyer Scholars helping one another in LA 197: Foundations of Scholar Success

It's important to us that Scholars not only excel academically, but also thrive as individuals and members of our community during their time at Penn State. The Dr. Michele “Mitch” Kirsch Fund in Support of Health and Wellness Initiatives provides an important source of funding for programming and support around all the dimensions of wellness. From bringing in speakers and workshops around wellness to optimizing our physical spaces to connecting Scholars with existing campus resources, we recognize that wellness initiatives can take many forms. Another way we are helping Scholars thrive is through our New Scholar Experience. The goal of this program is to build on our SHO TIME orientation to enhance the experience of students entering the Penn State Schreyer Honors College by fostering a meaningful sense of community, identity, and belonging.

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Financial Crisis

Schreyer Scholar Maria Hernandez posing next to the Lion Shrine

The Schreyer Honors College Emergency Fund Scholarship and the Parents and Family Fund are critical tools that allow the College to assist Scholars who require cost-of-attendance support for things like tuition, books, housing, transportation, and food when unexpected circumstances disrupt their intended financial plan. Through these funds the College can support Scholars in times of need and dozens of Schreyer Scholars turn to them each year for relief from financial challenges.

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Scholar Need

A Schreyer Scholar walking back to their seat after receiving their Scholars Medal

Need-based scholarships and the Penn State Fund for the Schreyer Honors College allow the College to ensure your gift gets to where it is most needed. The Penn State Fund provides flexible funding to meet the current and future needs of the College and invest in areas that will have the most impact on Scholars and the longevity of the College. The Schreyer Family Honors Scholarship and the Dean Peggy A. Johnson Educational Equity Honors Scholarship are both need-based scholarships available to Scholars that enter the College after their first year at Penn State and Scholars who contribute to the diversity of the College, respectively.

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Other Ways to Give

Annually Funded Scholarships

These are non-endowed scholarships given to students on an annual basis and must be funded at a minimum of $2,500 per year for five consecutive years, making a minimum gift of $12,500.

Endowed Funds

Endowment donations are invested by the University and a portion of the annual income from the investment is used to fund the endowment's intended purpose, which is specified by the donor in perpetuity. The amount of annual income depends on the value of the endowment. Endowments are an excellent way to permanently honor your family, a mentor, or a loved one. Once you have created an endowment, your gift becomes part of Penn State's heritage and tradition.

Corporate Matching

Corporate matching programs can expand the impact of your philanthropic gift. Explore employers who have corporate matching programs. Even if you don't see your employer listed, ask them about the possibility.

Meet Our Team

Contact Schreyer Honors College Development and Alumni Relations staff to start a conversation about making a gift.

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Schreyer Scholar Ananda Rankin

I want to be able to find something through research that can help the rest of the world. If you find this one thing, that could change the course of everything afterward.

Ananda Rankin ' 20 Microbiology

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