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Scholarships

Empowerment happens in many ways at William Penn University. One way that represents the very cornerstone of our founding mission is helping students overcome financial barriers through scholarships.

We believe anyone who has the ability and motivation to improve their life through higher education deserves access to an exceptional learning experience. Below are the scholarship programs we offer at the traditional campus to ensure that’s what students receive.

Please contact Admissions to see if you are eligible for one of the following scholarships. For a full list of institutional and government awarded scholarships, please visit our Financial Aid Guide.

 

Academic Scholarships

The following scholarships are given based on academic merit and ACT and/or SAT score. Visit Admissions for additional criteria.

Presidential Scholarship

—The Presidential Scholarship is the most prestigious academic award offered by William Penn University. It’s awarded to students who have demonstrated extraordinary academic ability through their high school and/or prior college performance, as well as success on the ACT and/or SAT.

Dean’s Scholarship

—The Dean’s Scholarship is awarded to students possessing exceptional academic ability and potential as evidenced by their high school and/or prior college performance, and their success on the ACT and/or SAT.

Academic Leadership Scholarship

—The Academic Leadership Scholarship is awarded to students possessing outstanding academic ability and potential as evidenced by their high school and/or prior college performance, and their success on the ACT and/or SAT.

Academic Achievement Scholarship

—The Academic Achievement Scholarship is awarded to students possessing strong academic ability and potential as evidenced by their high school and/or prior college performance, and their success on the ACT and/or SAT.

Additional Scholarships

Alumni Scholarship—Alumni scholarships may be awarded to full-time students whose mother and/or father graduated from William Penn University.

Athletic Scholarship—Athletic scholarships may be awarded to full-time students seeking their first bachelor’s degree, with amounts based on athletic ability as determined by the coach and the vice president of enrollment management.

Legacy Scholarships Legacy scholarships are awarded to full-time students whose achievements and financial need are recognized through the Annual and Endowed Scholarship program. These scholarship funds are made possible through the generous financial support of alumni and friends of William Penn University.

Digital Communication Scholarship—Digital communication scholarships may be awarded to full-time students who show outstanding promise in the digital broadcasting area.

Distance Learning—AA Degree Para-Educator Scholarship—This scholarship may be awarded to full-time students who are accepted to the Distance Learning-AA program and employed as a para-educator at the time the student is accepted to the university.

Further Undergraduate Degree Scholarship—This scholarship may be awarded to full-time students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree. Students may not receive other institutional financial assistance.

Humanities Scholarship—Humanities scholarships may be awarded to full-time students who will work on the Chronicle newspaper, Quaker yearbook, KIGC-FM radio station, or the Penn & Ink literary magazine. Students may apply by submitting examples of their work to the humanities division chairperson.

International Scholarship—International scholarships may be awarded to full-time non-citizens with an F1 student visa who are seeking their first bachelor’s degree and show academic promise. The scholarship may not be awarded if other institutional financial assistance is provided.

Iowa Community College Transfer Scholarship—These scholarships may be awarded to full-time incoming transfer students who have their AA degree with at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average, excluding students in the nursing program.

Iowa Pride Scholarship–Iowa Pride Scholarships may be awarded to first time, full-time incoming freshmen who are Iowa residents and have graduated from an Iowa high school with at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average.

Mahaska County ScholarshipMahaska County scholarships may be awarded to first time, full-time incoming freshmen who reside in Mahaska County at the time of their high school graduation with at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average. Schools include Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont High School, North Mahaska Junior-Senior High School, and Oskaloosa High School.

Music Scholarship—Music scholarships may be awarded to full-time students with outstanding vocal, keyboard, or instrumental ability. Auditions are recommended and may be either recorded or in person.

Penn Community Scholarship—Penn Community scholarships may be awarded to first time, full-time incoming freshmen who graduate from an approved list of high schools that are near Mahaska County with at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average. These counties include Jasper, Poweshiek, Keokuk, Wapello, Monroe, Marion, Mahaska, Appanoose, Jefferson, and Iowa.

Penn Recognition Scholarship—These scholarships may be awarded to full-time students who have above-average academic records from high school or prior college who do not qualify for other non-academic merit aid.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship—Phi Theta Kappa scholarships may be awarded to transfer students who have been recognized at their previous two-year college as a Phi Theta Kappa member. Proof of Phi Theta Kappa membership must be submitted to the Admissions Office.

Religious Leadership Scholarship—Religious leadership scholarships may be awarded to full-time students who are interested in developing leadership skills in campus ministries programs. Students must complete the application process and will be supervised by the religious life coordinator. For further information and to apply please go to the Campus Ministries page or contact the Religious Life Coordinator, Professor Ron Bryan, at 641-673-2186 or by email.

Theatre Scholarship—Theatre scholarships may be awarded to full-time students with outstanding theatre talent either in acting or some aspect of technical theatre. Either an audition or a personal interview is recommended.

William Penn Success Scholarship—This scholarship may be awarded to full-time students who have a 2.50–3.49 cumulative grade point average.

William Penn University Scholarship—This scholarship may be awarded to full-time students.

Outside Scholarship—Outside sources of aid are usually awarded by corporations, civic groups, and/or educational groups. You may contact businesses and organizations within your community for possible scholarship funds.

CampusRN Scholarship Program—CampusRN has launched a new scholarship program in conjunction with the creation of the CampusRN state edition network. This nationwide scholarship program is the most comprehensive of its kind for nursing programs and nursing students because it features scholarship winners from six different regions across the country in which CampusRN has launched state edition sites. CampusRN will award six $2,500 scholarships to needy and deserving nursing students, one in each region.