The Pennsylvania State University

School of Visual Arts

Financial Aid

University Financial Aid

The University offers a breadth of scholarship and financial aid opportunities for its students.  Students may also be considered for state and federal grants, federal loan programs, and college work-study opportunities.

To be considered for student aid, Penn State students must complete the U.S. Department of Education Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA).  To apply, go to: The application serves as the single application for financial aid at Penn State.  Although students can complete the FAFSA by June 30, we suggest you submit the FAFSA by April 1 to receive maximum consideration for student financial aid.

SoVA applicants whose academic record demonstrates exceptional achievement are also encouraged to apply to the Schreyer Honors College, which provides students numerous opportunities to enrich their educations through honors-level course work and independent study. Information regarding scholarship support from the Schreyer Honors College can be found at

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School of Visual Arts Financial Aid

For incoming students who exhibit exceptional talent, the Penn State School of Visual Arts offers the SIMEON AND ELIZABETH GALLU SCHOLARSHIP.
The late Sam Gallu (’40 B.S. Arts and Letters) established this scholarship in memory of his parents, Simeon and Elizabeth Gallu. Sam became a writer and producer for television, radio, and a playwright whose credits include Give ‘Em Hell Harry. Consideration will be given to incoming first-year students possessing outstanding and exceptional talent, dedication to their goal of a professional musical, theatrical, or artistic career, and display total dedication to this goal.

A portfolio submission is required for consideration for this award.

Click here for application instructions. Submission deadline is March 24.

After students have matriculated through their first year, additional scholarship opportunities are available through an annual merit-based application process. The spring scholarship competition is for returning undergraduate students, with one-year scholarships awarded for the following year. The fall competition is part of SoVA's Annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition and recognizes those students whose submissions have been selected as best in show.

Questions regarding SoVA's Scholarship application process should be directed to 814.863.5349 or email