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Penn State Millennium Scholars Program

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About the Millennium Scholars Program

The Penn State Millennium Scholars program is designed for high achieving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) students who will become leaders in their chosen field and are committed to increasing the diversity of researchers and leaders in STEM fields. Millennium Scholars are students with both the passion and the ability to advance the frontiers of knowledge and change the world.

The Penn State Millennium Scholars are enrolled in one of five of Penn State's academic colleges:


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The Millennium Scholar Experience

Scholar Community

The relatively small number of Penn State Millennium Scholars contributes to a tight community of learners. Penn State Millennium Scholars live and work together in a family-like community of Millennium Scholar peers. Studying in groups is strongly and consistently encouraged with scholars from older cohorts contributing to the success of the newest arrivals.


The Summer Bridge

An intensive six-week bridge program during the summer for all incoming Penn State Millennium Scholars is an integral part of this program. Costs of this program, including tuition for the credits earned, is covered by the program.


During the six-week bridge, the scholars will begin their academic career and build relationships with their cohort that will benefit them through their time at Penn State and beyond.


  • Take rigorous foundational courses and seminars in math, science, engineering, cultural diversity and communication.
  • Receive an introduction to research at Penn State.
  • Learn important life skills, including time management, problem solving, and how to study smart — not hard.
  • Participate in cultural events, field trips to national labs, team building exercises, community service, and social events.


Penn State Millennium Scholars live in an environment designed to enrich their experience and ensure success with peer study groups and tutoring. Scholars have housing in dedicated living/learning areas. As students advance through their sophomore to senior years, they will do it as a member of a family of Millennium Scholars.

Financial Aid

In addition to the summer bridge program, all Scholars receive a minimum millennium scholarship of $15,000 renewable for up to four years which may be combined with any other scholarships up to the total cost of tuition, room and board at Penn State University.

Academic Advising and Counseling

Penn State Millennium Scholars receive personalized attention from an academic and administrative team dedicated to scholar success. Program advisers help scholars navigate their curriculum and life at a large research university.


The team also provides resources and contacts to help scholars obtain summer internships and opportunities to work in research laboratories on campus during each academic year. Penn State's world-class faculty offer scholars an engaging and interactive learning environment in their research labs. Scholars will complete a research thesis, which will help prepare them for graduate school and future research.


As scholars approach graduation, they will receive additional counseling on how to get into the best graduate schools and will have the opportunity to use the networks the program has built to matriculate into one of their top choices. Academic advisers and faculty mentors from the scholars chosen college become increasingly involved as scholars focus their studies and research in their chosen field and prepare to move on to graduate study.


The Penn State Millennium Scholars program is not designed just to assure that scholars graduate from Penn State; it is designed to assure that scholars go on to become one of the leaders in their chosen field.

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How To Apply

The Penn State Millennium Scholars program is open to all high-achieving high school seniors who have an interest in becoming a leader in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) field and who are committed to increasing the diversity of researchers and leaders in STEM fields.

Application Guidelines

Millennium Scholars are high-achieving students who performed well on the math SAT, and have a competitive high school GPA with rigorous training appropriate for matriculation into a STEM college program at Penn State.

The Penn State Millennium Scholars program is limited to citizens or permanent residents of the United States, but is open to applicants from all backgrounds, races, and ethnicities.


The successful applicants will be:

  • committed to increasing diversity in STEM fields
  • proactive in community service
  • prepared to work hard, graduate in the top of their class, and make a difference.


If this describes you, then the Millennium Scholars program is where you belong and you should apply now.


We are currently accepting applications for 2016.


The deadline for applications is extended to January 18, 2016.


Application Process

To apply for the scholarship, you will first need a Penn State Access ID (Example: xyx5012), available by creating a MyPennState profile. Once your ID is created, you may then apply for the Penn State Millennium Scholars program.


You must also apply separately for admission to Penn State University Park to pursue a major in one of the five colleges that currently participate in the Millennium Scholars program: the College of Agriculture, the College of Earth and Mineral Science, the College of Engineering, the College of Information Science and Technology, or the Eberly College of Science.


Although it is not required for students to be considered for the Penn State Millennium Scholars program, we encourage you to also apply to the Schreyer Honors College, which may provide additional scholarship and academic support.



Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee consisting of program staff, faculty, and deans from the participating colleges. We will look carefully at academic records, but also at the essays provided and the two letters of recommendation from STEM teachers.


Applicants selected by this committee will be invited to bring their families, visit our University Park Campus, and participate in the Millennium Scholars interview weekend February 26 and 27, 2016.


The finalists for the program will be chosen by a second selection committee following the interviews and offers will be sent in late March with an acceptance deadline of May 1, 2016.


The successful finalists will then join the fourth cohort of Millennium Scholars and arrive on campus June 12 for our six week, summer bridge “boot-camp”, the next step in their career as a leader in a STEM field.

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