Our annual scholarship is offered to current Penn State students at any of the 24 campuses from Hampton Roads. We award between $1,000 to $2,000 scholarships each year. Our scholarship committee chair is Donna Anderson Bell, daughter of the late Rose Marie Anderson.
Eligibility – A student must live in Hampton Roads, attend a PSU campus, be a member of the sophomore classification or higher, and be in good standing. Scholarships will not be granted to the same student in consecutive years.
Criteria– Applications are reviewed on three criteria. 1) Student's GPA, 2) activities on and off-campus, including community service, and 3) an essay.
Early June – The Chapter's Scholarship Chair contacts eligible students (determined by the University)
End of June - Application Due
Mid July - Application Review
End of July - Recipients are notified
Scholarship winners are encouraged to attend our Annual Picnic / Student Send-Off in early August to be recognized.
Our scholarship was originally funded through an endowment contributed by the Anderson family. It's sustained by member contributions.
Please donate to our scholarship by PayPal (below), check, chapter fundraisers, or Amazon Smile (by selecting Penn State Hampton Roads).
Contributions are tax-deductible!
Our chapter is a 501c3 non-profit organization.
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Adria, who dreams of becoming an astronaut, is a sophomore Aerospace Engineering major and expects to graduate in 2022. She was as a mentee in the Women in Engineering Program Orientation and now serves an an envoy and participates in “WEP Wednesdays”, the LionTech Rocket Lab and Pep band. She also volunteers with Fresh START as a team leader and is involved in fundraising and the outreach board for E-house-THON.
The most significant impact on Adria’s academics and student involvement actually came before her very first class. She’d been invited to attend an program called Women in Engineering Program Orientation. The decision to attend the orientation in the days leading up to her first classes led to meeting other freshmen engineering students, team building exercises and being introduced to campus and State College. It also included professional workshops that introduced the students to business practices including resume writing, career fairs, networking with engineering professionals and even dining etiquette. After being seated with a representative from GE Aviation at a networking dinner, she received a job offer, which she accepted.
In her scholarship essay, Adria wrote that because of her continued involvement with the Women in Engineering Program Orientation, “I have been influenced to continue striving towards my dream of being an aerospace engineer and hopefully an astronaut, because giving up would mean losing that dream which could be worth all the hard times of engineering at Penn State.”
Kristen, a sophomore marketing major in the Smeal College of Business, graduated with high honors from York High School’s International Baccalaureate Program. She expects to graduate in 2022.
An avid ice skater, Kristen competed in local and world competitions as a junior skater. She continues to skate with the Penn State Figure Skating Club, which took third place in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s intercollegiate competition. Kristen’s community service includes the Tri-State THON organization where she serves as vice-president this year. She is also involved in intramural sports leagues.
In her application essay, Kristen wrote that the class or program that’s had the most influence on her at Penn State was a sociology class. Admittedly, she took the class to fulfill a general education requirement but never expected it to have a long-lasting effect. While the course covered different relationships within the family, she discovered that many of the themes she learned- especially involving communication- could be applied in the business world as well. She wrote, “if I apply what I learned in SOC 30, I believe that I can connect with people because it would be easier to understand their point of view or perspective… in marketing and business.”
The class had such a profound effect on her that Kristen is considering adding a sociology minor to her marketing major.
Taiylor is a rising sophomore Music Education major who expects to graduate May 2021. She is involved in Jazz Educators Club, Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, PSU Symphonic Band and PSU Saxophone Ensemble. Her volunteer activity revolves around THON- specifically Encore Benefitting THON.
Her Music 40 class, a first-year seminar class for music education students, had the most significant impact on her academics so far. Even though she was confident that she wanted to become a music educator, it was exposure to older students and professors from different emphasis groups plus general and high school music teachers in Music 40 that helped her decide that she wants to teach high school band classes. That decision helped her focus her studies toward reaching that specific goal.
In addition, Taiylor credits the course with not only putting her on a specific career path but also enabling her to develop a network of friends who support each other in their music education endeavors and social life as well.
Taiylor wrote in her scholarship essay, “Being in my Music 40 seminar class and hearing the stories from different professors and students helped solidify the fact that I want to teach and help shape the lives of children through music.”
Kerriana is a rising junior with a triple major in the College of Liberal Arts: Political Science, Criminology, and African American studies. She is the Founder and President of Hope Here Hope Now (August 2017-Present), PSU’s first organization dedicated to combatting sex trafficking, Vice President of the National Council of Negro Women (historian last year) and is Public Relations Chair for the Multicultural Undergraduate Law Association. In the community, she volunteered as a legislative/policy intern for the Virginia Beach Justice Initiative and interned for various local political campaigns.
The biggest impact on Kerriana’s academic career so far comes from her Criminology 012 course. It’s why she added Criminology as a third major. The class brought a new perspective to her thinking about why people commit crimes—in particular, the impact of environment on criminal activity. She initially thought that environment dooms some to failure. She came to understand that doesn’t have to be the case. Kerriana says that understanding changed the way she treats her own relationships. “Just because someone grew up in a bad environment doesn’t mean I can’t be the person to change their scenery,” she wrote.
In her scholarship essay she concluded, “I’m pretty sure I won’t stop all crime with this tactic, but having the skills of understanding, patience, and compassion, will definitely reflect a positive change in you and the people around you. You never really know how much of an influence you might be in someone’s life, so be a good one.”