Impact Scholars Program

Impact Scholars

Impact Scholars are selected by the Penn State College of Engineering to contribute in specific and meaningful ways to the inclusive academic community within the college and university. In this program, scholars develop peers and allies to support academic success and build a social network within engineering. The Scholar Community receives invitations to special living options, student engagement activities, and professional development. The College of Engineering makes specific effort to connect scholars to activities that have been proven to help students achieve higher levels of academic success. This program is designed to help students: (1) achieve the required grade point average for scholarships; (2) become community leaders in engineering; and (3) successfully enter their desired majors. Many of these activities are managed through our Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion.

Impact Scholars Program Details

Impact Scholars maintain enrollment in a College of Engineering degree program; maintain full-time status each fall and spring semester (12 credits minimum per semester); and maintain a satisfactory record of personal conduct as outlined in Penn State’s Code of Conduct.

Impact Scholars also participate in a special engineering orientation program, an Impact Scholars-specific first-year seminar, and three co-curricular activities per semester.

Special engineering orientation programs (in addition to the University New Student Orientation):

Co-curricular program activities: These activities are held during the semester and include Impact Scholars Dinners, Multicultural Engineering Program events, and/or Women in Engineering Program activities.

Other opportunities: Impact Scholars are also encouraged to participate in the wide array of programs and organizations to support academic, social, and civic endeavors within Penn State and beyond.

Contact info:

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The Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion assists women and multicultural students in the pursuit of their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Our support system of faculty and staff encourages current students to become involved with our programs and student organizations.

Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion

College of Engineering

112 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-4287