Students Can Now Apply for Fall 2022 Student Engagement Network Grants


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania — Students can now apply for a Student Engagement Network (SEN) grant to support undergraduate engagement experiences in fall 2022 and the upcoming winter break. Engagement experiences can take many forms, and grants can help students cover many types of costs.

The deadline to apply for an SEN grant is Monday, September 5 at 5 p.m. The application and additional information can be found here. Award decision notifications will be sent during the week of September 16, and all engagement experiences in this grant cycle must be completed by January 9, 2023.

Commitment scholarships can be used by students from all campuses

Undergraduate students from all Penn State campuses are invited to apply for the SEN Grant Program. Funded students will receive $1,000 or $2,000 to complete their engagement experience and must complete the SEN Online Canvas course (no tuition, no credit), centered on the student engagement journey. Each student will also be assigned an engagement coach to help them complete their engagement experience. A total of $80,000 in grants will be awarded for fall 2022.

“Engagement outside of the classroom is a hallmark of the undergraduate experience at Penn State,” said Michael Zeman, director of the Student Engagement Network. “Students who complete the scholarship program demonstrate an advanced mindset for personal growth and professional preparation. We encourage students to view the scholarship program as both a facilitator and an enrichment resource. We expect to see more submissions in the coming year.

Projects must comply with federal, state, local, and university policies related to COVID-19 safety.

Below are examples of engagement experiences that SEN will consider for funding. Students and faculty are encouraged to contact SEN staff if they have any questions.

  • community learning

  • creative achievements

  • course with an out-of-class component

  • organizational experiences

  • peer mentoring

  • independent student engagement

  • volunteering

  • job experiences

  • to study abroad / to study abroad

To see examples of previously funded projects, visit Students are encouraged to explore and discover engagement opportunities on the Engagement app. Visit the App Store or Google Play.

The Student Engagement Network is a joint initiative between undergraduate education, student affairs, and online outreach and education. The Student Engagement Network’s mission is to advance the power of participation by connecting students to experiences that empower them to have a positive impact as global citizens and leaders.


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