Intercom Online......May 4, 2000

Grant-in-aid helps children
of staff pay room and board

Students who will be full-time freshmen at any Penn State location and who have a parent who is a Penn State employee might consider applying for a scholarship that will pay room and board for one or two years.

The Steve A. Garban Grant-in-Aid will be awarded to students who are children of technical service or staff employees at the University; who have demonstrated leadership and humanitarian qualities through extracurricular activities; and have achieved or show promise of academic success.

"The goal was to enable the children of technical service and staff to have the full college experience," said Kelly Snyder, assistant director for scholarships and special programs, Office of Student Aid. "A lot of these students may have access to the University, but only as commuters. This scholarship, which covers room and board, gives them a more traditional, well-rounded experience."

The Steve A. Garban Grant-in-Aid is an example of the approximately 3,000 endowed active scholarships that Penn State administers. In 1998-99, scholarships like this, along with other forms of institutional aid such as grants, loans and work aid, provided $65.2 million in assistance to students at all of Penn State's locations. This constitutes 18 percent of the total of
$366 million in student aid disbursed to students across the University in the academic year. Other forms of financial aid include federal and state grants, loans and work assistance as well as private grants and scholarships that are awarded directly by the donor and not the University.

Letters of application for the Steve A. Garban Grant-in-Aid will be accepted until May 31, and the awards should be announced in June. Preference is given to entering freshmen, although sophomores may receive consideration. To apply, students should write a one-page essay that illustrates their leadership, humanitarianism and academic merit, and send it to Kevin Musick, student aid coordinator for University scholarships, Office of Student Aid, 314 Shields Building, University Park, Pa. 16802.

Students or staff with questions may e-mail Musick at krm2@studentaid.psu.edu, call (814) 865-6301) or visit the Office of Student Aid Web site at http://www.psu.edu/dept/studentaid/.

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