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Local Scholars

Guaranteed admission, eligibility for merit-based scholarships, and on-campus housing

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Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, and Mansfield, together as Commonwealth University have signed an agreement guaranteeing admission, eligibility for merit-based scholarships, and on-campus housing at any of its locations for students in 50 area school districts. 

  • Athens Area
  • Bald Eagle Area
  • Bellefonte Area
  • Benton Area
  • Berwick Area
  • Bloomsburg Area
  • Canton Area
  • Central Columbia
  • Clearfield Area
  • Clearfield Alliance Christian School
  • Columbia - Montour Vo Tech
  • Coudersport Area
  • Curwensville Area
  • Danville Area
  • Dubois Area 
  • Galeton Area
  • Glendale
  • Hazleton Area
  • Jersey Shore Area
  • Keystone Central
  • Lewisburg Area
  • Loyalsock Township
  • Millville Area
  • Milton Area
  • Montoursville Area
  • Moshannon Valley
  • Mount Carmel Area
  • North Schuylkill
  • Northeast Bradford
  • Northern Potter
  • Northern Tioga
  • Penns Valley Area
  • Philipsburg-Osceola
  • Sayre Area
  • Selinsgrove Area
  • Shamokin Area
  • Shikellamy
  • South Williamsport Area
  • Southern Columbia
  • Southern Tioga
  • State College Area
  • Sugar Valley Rural Charter School
  • Sullivan County
  • Towanda Area
  • Troy Area
  • Warrior Run
  • Wellsboro Area
  • West Branch Area
  • Williamsport Area
  • Wyalusing Area
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The agreement guarantees admission for graduates from any high school participating in the Local Scholars program who enroll in a bachelor’s degree program and who meet the following criteria:

  • Apply for admission to any location within Commonwealth University no later than December 15 of the student’s senior year.      
  • Graduate from a Local Scholars program participating school district.
  • Qualified students are eligible for four tiers of academic merit scholarships according to the following academic preparedness of the student applicant:
Tier 1
GPA: 3.8 - 4.0 | 95% - 100%
$28,000
($7,000 annually)
Tier 2
GPA: 3.5 - 3.79 | 90% - 94%
$24,000
($6,000 annually)
Tier 3
GPA: 3.0 - 3.49 | 85% - 89%
$16,000
($4,000 annually)
Tier 4
GPA: 2.5- 2.99 | 80% - 84%
$12,000
($2,000 annually)
  • Scholarship recipients must remain enrolled full-time at Commonwealth University for a minimum of 12 credits per academic semester and maintain an overall GPA of 2.50 to remain in good academic standing and therefore eligible for the scholarship.
  • The scholarship is renewable for up to four (4) academic years, or eight (8) consecutive fall and spring academic semesters, if the criteria above are met.
  • On-campus housing at the Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, or Mansfield campuses, will be guaranteed for up to four (4) years of full-time student enrollment.
  • These funds are only available for all new first-year full-time students and will be disbursed equally between the fall and spring semesters. 

Nursing, physician assistant, and other health professions programs remain selective and have additional requirements or capacities. For these programs, it is vital that students apply as early as possible to these majors to receive early consideration for admission.

*Please note that if you already qualify for a tuition waiver benefit or other institutional merit award through Commonwealth University you cannot use this scholarship in addition to the waiver or award. 

Partial tuition waiver employment benefits and other institutional tuition-specific merit awards made through Commonwealth University may be combined, with tuition waiver employment benefits applied first, to cover up to 100% of tuition. Full tuition waiver employment benefits and other institutional tuition-specific waivers or awards may not be stacked with institutional merit awards, and may not be used to cover fees or other costs for Commonwealth University.

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NEW Institutional Scholarships for PA Residents up to $5,000

New scholarships available!

    Remember to file your  FAFSA beginning October 1.

    Use our school codes to submit your information to the campus(es) of your choice!

    • Commonwealth University - Bloomsburg: 003315
    • Commonwealth University - Lock Haven: 003323
    • Commonwealth University - Mansfield: 003324

    For more information, contact campus admissions: