Scholarships

Scholarships

BUBU EmergencyPASSHERTSSROTCMiscellaneous

 

A scholarship is a form of financial aid that does not need to be repaid. Scholarship eligibility may be need-based as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or merit-based.

Bloomsburg University Scholarships

Students are advised to review the complete list of Bloomsburg University Scholarships.  The scholarship application period for the 2019-2020 academic year is as follows:

  • Incoming freshmen and incoming transfer students should apply early for priority consideration.
  • For currently enrolled students scholarship applications are available beginning January 1, 2019.  The deadline is March 1, 2019.

Bloomsburg University Scholarships are mostly designed for undergraduate students who have been enrolled full-time at Bloomsburg University during the fall semester 2018 and who will continue full-time enrollment at Bloomsburg University in the 2019-2020 academic year.  Unlike other aid programs, grades and extracurricular activities are considered foremost.  Most of these scholarships range in value from $100 to $1,500 per year.  Scholarships are available for students in many academic programs of study as well as in music or athletics.  Awards are also offered to students who reside in certain communities or who meet other special criteria. 

BU Emergency Scholarship

The purpose of the BU Emergency Scholarship is to provide funding for qualified students who are confronted with an emergency financial need that, if not met, could result in an inability to complete classes. Poor use of financial aid funding, credit card debt, enrollment in summer/winter, or receiving a small amount of grants does not constitute an emergency. This scholarship is not intended to supplement a student’s financial aid package!

Students who will be considered for this scholarship should fall within one of the following categories:

  1. Students who have exhausted all financial aid resources (including student loans & parent loans) and an outstanding balance still remains on the student’s account.
  2. Students who are confronted with an unexpected personal crisis that has caused them to become unable to meet their college financial obligations (examples: change in family income/support, loss of a job, death of an immediate family member, pending eviction or home foreclosure, burglary, or fire).  If there has been a loss of income you must also submit a “Special Condition” form (available online at http://intranet.bloomu.edu/aid-forms) to have your financial need reviewed.

Eligibility requirements:

  • GPA 2.0 or greater
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Completed a FAFSA (www.fafsa.gov)
  • Completed a PHEAA application if a PA resident (www.pheaa.org or 1-800-692-7392)
  • Accepted your Federal Direct Student Loans
  • Applied for additional funding such as Federal Direct Plus Loan or Private Alternative Educational Loan.

You must submit the BU Emergency Scholarship Application to apply.  The deadline varies based on the availability of funding.

PASSHE Scholarships

There are various scholarships available through the PASSHE (Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education) Foundation.  Information regarding these scholarships may be found at www.thepafoundation.org.

Ready to Succeed Scholarship (RTSS)

The Ready to Succeed Scholarship (RTSS) is administered by PHEAA.  With the exception of financial need, students must meet all other Pennsylvania State Grant eligibility requirements with three additions:

  1. Demonstration of outstanding academic achievement by attaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 as of the time that the student’s school checks academic progress for the Pennsylvania State Grant Program (Spring for Bloomsburg University).
  2. Completion of at least one academic year—defined as having earned at least 24 credits or its equivalent—by the time that the student’s school checks academic progress for the Pennsylvania State Grant Program (Spring for Bloomsburg University).
  3. Proof of total annual family income not in excess of $110,000.

There is no separate student application for the RTSS program.  Students will be nominated for award eligibility by approved, participating institutions.  In order to be eligible, students must have completed the FAFSA and Pennsylvania State Grant forms.  If any additional information is needed, the student will be contacted by PHEAA.

Students may receive up to three years of full-time RTSS awards.  This can occur in conjunction with the Pennsylvania State Grant award counter, meaning that a student eligible to receive up to four years of Pennsylvania State Grant funding may also receive up to three years of RTSS funding. The receipt of a RTSS award does not impact Pennsylvania State Grant eligibility.  This means that a student who has exhausted the RTSS counter, but not the Pennsylvania State Grant counter, may still receive Pennsylvania State Grant funding so long as s/he meets Pennsylvania State Grant eligibility requirements.  However, students who have exhausted their Pennsylvania State Grant counter are not eligible to receive RTSS funds.  It should be noted that receipt of a bachelor’s degree automatically ends a student’s RTSS eligibility, even if their RTSS counter has not been fully exhausted.

The maximum combined annual award amount for RTSS and Pennsylvania State Grant is $2,000 for a full time student. If that student receives more than $1,500 in Pennsylvania State Grant funds, they will not receive any RTSS funds.  If, however, that full time student only receives $1,500 in Pennsylvania State Grant funding, they may be eligible to receive up to $500 in RTSS funds.

ROTC Scholarships

The Army ROTC Scholarship, which is available on a competitive basis for two-year, three-year, and four-year periods, pay tuition and fees, a semester stipend for materials and books (approximately $300), plus a monthly allowance for the duration of the scholarship.  Recipients are obligated to serve four years on active duty as a second lieutenant and four years in the military reserves after graduation.  For more information, call the Army ROTC Office on the Bloomsburg campus, 570-389-2123, or contact the Army ROTC Instructor Group at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, at 570-577-1013/1246.  Office hours are held from 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

The Air Force ROTC program also offers financial aid opportunities.  For more details, contact the Air Force ROTC Office on the Bloomsburg campus 570-389-2196 or in Wilkes-Barre 570-408-4860 or 1-800-945-5378, ext. 4860.

Miscellaneous Scholarships

Miscellaneous scholarships from various off-campus sources are available.  Students are encouraged to explore scholarship opportunities with high schools, religious, civic, and community organizations.  Questions regarding miscellaneous scholarships should be directed to the particular organization.  Students are reminded that any monies received must be reported to the Office of Financial Aid. Be sure to avoid scholarship scams!  Never pay for a scholarship!  Learn more about ways to protect yourself and identify at https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/pay-for-college/grants-and-scholarships/how-to-avoid-financial-aid-scams.