Recognition Reception

Financial Aid, Grants, and Scholarships

Undergraduate students

Department of Geography
Undergraduate student scholarships include:

  • The Jeff Gockley Memorial Award
  • The Balmat Family Scholarship in Geography
  • The G.D. Richardson and Kathy LaSauce Undergraduate Scholarship in Geography, in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
  • E. Willard Miller Award in Geography

Other sources of financial aid

Graduate students

Graduate students in the Department of Geography are funded in a variety of ways. Funding is limited to two years M.S. students, to four years for Ph.D. students, and to five years for five-year Ph.D. students. Graduate assistantships consist of either teaching assistantships (TAs) or research assistantships (RAs). During the fall and spring semesters, the assistantships are 18 weeks in length each semester, with duties beginning one week before classes begin and concluding one week after the last day of class. TAs and RAs work 20 hours per week on average. Read more about graduate assistantships and funding in the Graduate Student Handbook.

Department of Geography
Graduate student grants and scholarships include:

  • E. Willard Miller Award in Geography
  • E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller Distinguished Graduate Fellowship in Geography
  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award
  • Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Award
  • Geography Alumni Scholars Graduate Student Award

Other sources of financial aid

All Students: Penn State Student Aid

Penn State offers many sources of financial aid. An excellent website for understanding the financial aid system, as well as for private scholarship databases is the Penn State Office of Student Aid.