Open Doors Scholarship Match

Open Doors Scholarship Match

YOUR GIFT, PENN STATE'S 1:1 MATCH               


Penn State has a long history and a proud tradition of opening the door to higher education for students from every economic background. Our University was founded to serve the children of farmers and laborers, and as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s land-grant institution, we remain committed to access and affordability. Rising costs and declining state support for higher education have resulted in tuition increases across the nation, and the burden has been especially hard to bear for those students—undergraduates who are among the first in their families to attend college or who come from low-income households and underrepresented populations—for whom a Penn State degree represents the greatest opportunity to change their economic destiny. Ultimately, only 50 percent of students from the poorest households graduate within six years.

To address the financial, academic, and personal challenges that our undergraduates face in earning their degrees, the University has created a range of pilot programs that can help them to succeed. Alumni and friends can help to launch these program and meet the urgent needs of students through their endowed gifts, and Penn State will triple the impact of this support by providing a permanent 1:1 match of donor gifts to the endowment’s principal.

While donors may take up to five years to fulfill their pledges, the Open Doors Scholarship Program shifts funds from the University into new endowments immediately, so that students can begin benefiting from a gift in the semester after the scholarship is established, and your commitment will help undergraduates both right away and far into the future.

To learn more contact:

Jean Wolf
Director of Development
Penn State DuBois
(814) 372-3038 or