Promising Scholars Program

  • The Promising Scholars Program at IUP allows the Admissions Office to give exceptional incoming students who reside in Pennsylvania priority consideration for one of the most rewarding scholarships available at the university. Students compete for the Board of Governors Scholarship, with award amounts ranging from $2,000 to full in-state tuition every year.

    IUP Promising Scholars Program Details

    The Promising Scholars program is designed for Pennsylvania students who have demonstrated their academic excellence throughout high school. It provides and fosters academic and social support to help students thrive from their first days on campus through graduation.

    The benefits you receive as a promising scholar are more than just monetary rewards. The three components of our program help awardees thrive throughout college:

    1. An interview designed to select each year’s Promising Scholars
    2. An overnight visit to IUP for all selected scholars, introducing you to IUP.
    3. A retention program that focuses on mentorship and collaboration throughout your time at IUP.

    Promising Scholars Interview Details

    Once you apply to become a promising scholar, you will need to participate in an interview with an IUP representative. Each November, we host interviews in both the Pittsburgh area (held on the IUP campus) and in Philadelphia.

    The interview outcome, coupled with the strength of your high school curriculum, demonstrated leadership qualities, and active participation in extracurricular activities, will inform our consideration of selecting promising scholars. During the interview, students and their parents attending can gain valuable information from university officials about IUP’s academic programs, admission requirements, scholarship and grant opportunities, and much more. 

    Application Requirements

    Space is extremely limited. Only 30 students will be selected to participate at each interview location. To become one of the first 30 students near your home, you will need to apply and be admitted to IUP by October 31 while meeting the following requirements:

    • A grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
    • A score of 1,000 or higher on the SAT critical reading and math sections, or a score of 21 or higher on the ACT.
    • Pennsylvania residency.

    After you have been admitted to IUP with these qualifications, please submit the online Promising Scholars application. If you’re one of the first 30 students to do so at your location, we look forward to speaking to you about the program at IUP or in Philadelphia!

    Promising Scholars East Interview Program

    Date and Time: Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 6:00 p.m.

    Location: Courtyard by Marriott, 4100 Presidential Boulevard, Philadelphia, Pa. 19131 

      Promising Scholars West Interview Program

      Date: Sunday, December 8, 2019

      Location: Sutton Hall, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pa. 

      General Agenda

      The interview program should last about three hours. Here's what you can expect during that time:

      Event Presenter, If Applicable
      Registration/Refreshments  
      Welcome Vice President for Enrollment Management
      Video Presentation  
      Panel Discussion IUP alumni and current students
      Student Interview Interview will take place throughout the entirety of the event

      After the panel discussion has concluded, you will be invited to visit our Student Life tables, where you can pick up information on housing, financial aid, and multicultural programs at IUP.