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The scholarship provides recognition and financial assistance to students enrolled or planning to enroll at Penn State that have officially demonstrated financial need through Penn State’s Office of Student Aid. The chapter has made a commitment to Penn State to annually fund this scholarship for 2018 through 2022 with a maximum award each year of $2500. With continued support and donations we hope to continue to grow the value of the scholarship and make additional commitments to fund the scholarship with the university.

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Scholarship Update

We received this email from our most recent Chapter Scholarship recipient, Kara Miller and we'd like to share it with you:

Dear Central Maryland Chapter,

Thank you so much for awarding me the Central Maryland Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association Annual Scholarship! I am honored to receive this scholarship and it has a tremendous impact on my ability to be a Penn State student and accomplish my career goals after graduation. This summer, I will be interning with the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Ft. Detrick. Growing up in the Central MD region, it has always been my dream to work for the government on biomedical engineering projects, and I'm excited to have an opportunity to experience this dream of mine. This scholarship will allow me to pursue my dream career with less worry about repaying student loans. Especially after the hardships of the pandemic for the past year, this scholarship will allow me to have less financial worries and will open up the possibility of other opportunities I could not afford to consider before.

As I'm finishing my junior year at Penn State, I've been thinking a lot about how quickly my graduation next May is approaching and how incredible the past three years at Penn State have been. From my biomedical engineering classes, working towards my economics minor, my friends in the Schreyer Honors College, my leadership with the Women in Engineering Program, starting my own student service organization, tutoring students at Penn State's Public Speaking Center, or cheering on the Penn State Men's Hockey Team at Pegula, I have enjoyed every second of my time here in State College. I'm excited to treasure my last remaining year here as a student, and then to actively participate in my alumni chapter. While I am sad that this part of my life is coming to an end, I'm excited to return to State College and view Happy Valley through my new lens as an alum. Thank you for your generous scholarship and for the impact that the alumni chapter has provided on my life so far, and I know that role will only strengthen in the future as I become an alum myself. Thank you!


Kara Miller

Hopefully you found this to be as moving as we did and if you did, we'd ask that you join us in helping other future Penn Staters by donating to our scholarship fund. It's very easy - just click on the scholarship link at the top of the page and follow the instructions. Thanks in advance for your generosity - We Are!

Past Recipients

Here's a message from Matthew Gelhard - 2019-2020 recipient:

Dear Central Maryland Chapter Members,

I cannot be more thankful to be chosen for this scholarship. The money received will go towards paying my tuition on my way to becoming a Nittany Lion for life. I hope the Penn State community has been safe during the pandemic, and have kept their spirits high as COVID-19 has changed the daily lives of many. Sadly, thirteen games into my freshman year of baseball, the season was cancelled and we were sent home for the duration of the semester. We all had the challenge to continue our studies. I worked hard and was able to keep my straight A's. This summer I was able to continue baseball with ITD, an organization where I could continue playing and be a coach at the same time. In the future I plan to coach more baseball. Throughout my childhood, coaches have encouraged me with their guidance which furthered my love for baseball and it is only just to pass that same message on to future generations. I continue to work for my father's home restoration company, "J Gelhard & Sons Restorations" and the 10 acre farm my grandparents own. The passion I have for my family and for working hard I continue to carry with me. I will resume the following semester at Penn State Mont Alto and plan to finish the final two at University Park. I will apply for College of Communications, where I can explore marketing, management, journalism, and graphic design to decide what branch of Communications I will follow. My goal is to work in a field where I can improve and advance how people with interact with each other. I have attached a picture for the announcement and cannot be more proud to wear Penn State gear on your page. I know many events have been cancelled due to COVID-19, but getting an opportunity to give thanks at an event in the future would be an honor. With my older brother and I graduating in the next few years, we cannot wait to be a part of PSUAA.

With much gratitude,

Matthew Gelhard