Honors and Scholars Programs

Ready to push yourself further? These academic opportunities allow you to go beyond the confines of a set curriculum, allowing you to pursue out-of-class endeavors (for credit!), conduct research, network with prominent corporate leaders and alumni, and define the best academic path for your goals.

Most of these programs require applications to be considered. Please click the “Learn more” to find out how to be considered for each program.

A. James Clark Scholars Program

The A. James Clark Scholars Program at Penn State leverages signature strengths of the College of Engineering to serve the needs of talented engineering students with significant financial need. The Clark Scholars are a visible, cohesive cohort of 40 promising students (10 students entering each year) who — through their high school performance, participation in pre-college STEM programs, and other factors — have shown a drive to succeed academically and a willingness to seize opportunities in their lives and their schooling. Learn more »

Impact Scholars Program

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. The Scholar Community receives invitations to special living options, student engagement activities, and professional development. Learn more »

Engineering Science Honors Program

The engineering science major is the honor program in the College of Engineering. The program is designed for students who excel in many areas of scientific discovery and for those who have interests in developing technologies, which exploit such innovations. The engineering science honors program is distinct from the Schreyer Honors College, and students can be in either program, or they may choose to participate in both. Learn more »

Schreyer Honors College

If you have demonstrated excellent academic achievement, consider the Schreyer Honors College. As a Schreyer Scholar, you enroll in some small honors classes and seminars, work closely with honors advisers, and conduct independent study and research. You also have special library privileges and registration priority. If you are accepted, you may also be eligible to receive a merit-based, renewable scholarship. The Schreyer Honors College website provides information about applying and living the life of a Schreyer Scholar. Learn more »

Penn State Millennium Scholars Program

The Penn State Millennium Scholars Program is open to academically strong high school seniors whose future plans include a commitment to pursuing a doctoral degree in science or engineering. Program information, including the application, is available on the Millennium Scholars website. Learn more »