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Beinecke Scholarship

The Beinecke Scholarship has no geographical limitations and aims to encourage and enable highly motivated college juniors to pursue graduate opportunities available to them. Applicants must be planning to enter a master’s or doctoral program in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.


  • U.S. citizen or a U.S. national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
  • Junior at time of application
  • Documented history of receiving need-based financial aid
  • Demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement, and personal promise
  • Proposed graduate study cannot be in neuroscience or for professional degrees that emphasize skills and practical analysis such as business, law, public health, public policy, and social work

Office Application Deadline: December 12, 2019

Application Process: The university is required to do an internal review and nomination process, which includes a financial review, so we have an internal deadline listed above. Our nominee will have a chance to revise their materials, if necessary, prior to final submission. To be considered for nomination, applicants must submit the following materials directly to our office via email or hardcopy ( or 321 Boucke Bldg.):

  • Application form (available here)
  • Current CV/resume
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Personal statement of 1,000 words or less describing your background, interests, plans for graduate study, and career aspirations
  • Three letters of recommendation from Penn State faculty members
    • Letters should come directly from your references and can be emailed so long as they are on letterhead and have a signature

The selected nominee will also have to complete a financial data sheet (available here) and submit it directly to Beinecke via email.


Current Status: 
Duration of Award: 
Full Year or More
Graduate Study, Financial Need (including Pell Grant recipient)
Office Nomination
Fields of Study: 
Humanities and Social Sciences, Visual and Performing Arts
Semester of Application Deadline: 
Spring (January – April)

Boucke Building
University Fellowships Office
321 Boucke Building
University Park, PA 16802