2019 Science Leadership Camp Scholarship Process

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In partnership with Science-U, Penn State’s Center for Nanoscale Science has created a scholarship opportunity for motivated high school students from diverse backgrounds to attend Science Leadership Camp. Applications are due January 10th, 2019!

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Selection Criteria:

  • Sincere interest in learning about Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Math (STEM)
  • Demonstration of leadership potential, a positive attitude, and strength of character
  • Academic achievement and motivation to learn
  • Entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in Fall 2019

This scholarship program seeks to attract diverse individuals.  Applicants from populations that are underrepresented and/or underserved in STEM are encouraged to apply.



  • All materials are due by January 10, 2019.
  • Scholarship applications will be reviewed by the Science Leadership Scholarship Committee.
  • Applicants will be notified by January 25, 2019, which is before Science-U registration opens on February 5th, 2019 at 10:00a.m.

  • Instructions for Applicants:


    1. Complete the Application Form (fillable PDF Format), which includes a 1-2 page essay, and submit as described below by January 10th, 2019. The 1-2 page essay must answer the following questions:

    • What areas of science interest you the most and why?
    • Why are you motivated to become a leader in science?
    • How will you attendance at Science Leadership Camp benefit you and your community?

    2. Ask a teacher from a previous or current science, mathematics, engineering, or technology class OR a STEM Mentor (adult who you have worked with in a STEM club or activity, excludes family members) to complete the STEM Teacher/Mentor Recommendation Form (fillable PDF Format).  (Remind them to submit before the January 10th, 2019 deadline!)

    3. Submit your Application Form and essay in one of the following ways:

    • Mail:

    Science-U Summer Camp Program

    Science Leadership Camp Scholarship Committee

    201 Ritenour Building

    University Park, PA 16802

    • Email: 


    • Fax: 



    For paper registration forms, questions, or more info, contact the Science-U office at (814) 865-0083 or email sciencecamps@science.psu.edu


    Camp Description

    July 21-26      9:00am – 5:00pm       Grades 10-12

     Do you think the world needs more leaders in science? The Science Leadership Camp is designed to prepare participants to successfully build futures that combine science with their desire to make a difference. During this experience, campers will be challenged to think about issues in their communities and articulate a vision for how they can make a difference with their leadership and scientific abilities. They will also learn from the leadership experiences of Penn State science students and faculty, explore cutting-edge scientific research, and engage in activities that will challenge them to think innovatively and creatively. Come join us at University Park for an experience you can take with you through high school, college, and beyond! (Note: The first full day of camp is Monday, July 22nd, but all campers will check in for an opening ceremony the evening of Sunday, July 21st. Please also note that the camp includes a moderately strenuous hiking experience and a canoe experience at Bald Eagle Creek or Black Moshannon State Park.)


    *High school camps that have residential spots may have evening activities scheduled that are open to and recommended for all campers! These evening activities will be communicated to registered campers as soon as possible and flexible arrangements can be made for day campers if they are unable to stay for evening activities.