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PennWest Clarion is happy to announce that scholarships are still available for incoming first year students as well as returning students to the university. The PASSHE Foundation's various scholarship opportunities contribute to the success of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education, its 14 member universities, and its students. Go to PASSHE Foundation page for more information.

Additionally, contact the Scholarship Office at to notify us of your interest and/or need for scholarships as you begin or continue your education at PennWest Clarion. 

The goal of PennWest Clarion's Office of Scholarships is to support the academic aspirations of prospective and current students. The office is dedicated to helping students financially access a quality education.  

All students are encouraged to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which increases your odds of receiving additional financial support through grants and other types of financial aid. When researching scholarships, be aware of scholarship deadlines, scholarship contacts and certain preferences established by some donors.

PennWest Clarion is now reviewing incoming freshman for the 2021 academic year for scholarships under a test optional policy. The university now offers both merit and need-based scholarships. Students will automatically be considered for merit scholarships upon admission to the university based upon their GPA (and class rank, if available). If SAT and/or ACTs are available, we do encourage students to submit them, however, they are not required.

Students will be considered for a Clarion Grant (need-based scholarships) upon receipt of their FAFSA form. All students are highly encouraged to submit their FAFSA form for full consideration. 

Find out additional information on scholarship awarding and renewal policies. For more information or any questions regarding scholarships, contact

The types of scholarships available to PennWest Clarion prospective and returning students include:

Merit Scholarships

Merit Scholarships are available to recognize the academic achievement of high school seniors. Please note, those who receive merit scholarships are required to fill out the FAFSA. Merit scholarships also exist for transfer students.

Athletic Scholarships

Athletic awards are selected by coaches of our athletic teams. Some athletic scholarships are endowed.

Endowed Scholarships

Endowed Scholarships encompass awards for specific majors, awards for students from various school districts, awards for student involvement and other criteria.

External Scholarships

External Scholarships are those unique awards given by organizations, non-profits, businesses and philanthropies to help the next generation excel.

Merit Scholarship Appeal Form

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Last Updated 10/10/23