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Student Service & Leadership Awards

The following Service and Leadership Awards are available every Spring semester and are awarded at an event in April. Penn State Faculty and Staff may nominate students or students may self-nominate.

Charles and Sharon Bell Scholarship for Citizenship and Leadership

To provide recognition and financial assistance to outstanding undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll at Penn State - University Park who have a proven need for funds to meet their necessary college expense. Preference will be given to students who have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout or Gold Scout.

Craig & Maxine Millar Award

To honor and recognize undergraduate students of at least junior status enrolled at the University who hold a leadership position in a club on campus, have achieved a minimum of 3.3 GPA, have displayed an ability to relate effectively with others, and have made meaningful contributions to student life at the University.

Felsburg/Gohn Leadership Award

The purpose of this award shall be to recognize a Penn State University Park student who has a demonstrated financial need, exhibits integrity and a strong work ethic, and has made valuable contributions to the betterment of the University through service as an officer and/or committee chair of a student organization. 

Jaime Desmond Leadership Scholarship Fund  

To recognize full-time undergraduate students who have made valuable contributions to the betterment of the University through service as an officer and/or committee chair of a student organization and exhibit integrity and a strong work ethic.

Jane Wood Reno Memorial Scholarship

To provide recognition and financial assistance to outstanding undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll at Penn State who provide services to the community and/or who hold a leadership position in any student-run group and have a demonstrated need for funds to meet their necessary college expenses.

John and Veda Black Award

The purpose of this award shall be to recognize a Penn State University Commonwealth or University Park student leader serving in a key leadership position who maintains a minimum GPA of 3.25.

Laurel Award for Outstanding Service

The purpose of this award shall be to recognize a Penn State - University Park student who has made valuable contributions in the areas of service and volunteerism to the Penn State community and its surrounding areas.

Leopard Family Eclipse Award

The purpose of this award shall be to recognize a Penn State Commonwealth or University Park student who has made valuable contributions in the areas of service and volunteerism to the Penn State community and its surrounding areas.

Mary Lee Hobbs Steel Emerging Leader

To honor and recognize outstanding achievement by a sophomore or junior student enrolled at Penn State who has demonstrated leadership within the campus, the community, and the classroom, Has demonstrated creativity, initiative, and continued involvement in the Penn State and surrounding communities.

Partisan Award

The purpose of this award shall be to recognize a Penn State - University Park student who has made valuable contributions in the areas of service and volunteerism to the Penn State community and its surrounding areas.

Rose Cologne Keystone Citizen Award

The purpose of this award shall be to recognize a Penn State University Commonwealth or University Park student who has made valuable contributions in the areas of service and volunteerism to the Penn State community and its surrounding areas.

Smile for Sam

To provide recognition and financial assistance to outstanding junior and senior undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll at Penn State who have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and who have demonstrated past and continuing leadership through community service and/or student organizations.

Stan Latta Dedication Scholarship

To provide recognition and financial assistance to outstanding senior undergraduate students enrolled at Penn State who have demonstrated service to a student organization and the campus community, initiated programming efforts to enhance the out of class experience for students, have been actively involved in a wide array of co-curricular activities, and displayed strong leadership behaviors and encouraged leadership development among others. Must have a minimum 3.3 GPA.

Nominations are now open and are due by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, February 17, 2020. For any questions, please contact Allison Kinsey at ark5230@psu.edu