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IST Scholarships

Scholarships are available in the College of Information Sciences and Technology for undergraduate students with an interest in entrepreneurship or open-source coding.

IST has innovative scholarships for innovative students

Do you have a great idea for a start-up company, new application, or other web-based project? Have you made significant contributions to or have experience in open-source development? If so, IST may have scholarship money for you in one of these three areas:

David Rusenko Entrepreneur-in-Residence Scholarship

If you are a junior or senior in the College of IST and have entrepreneurial experience, through this scholarship you can receive $10,000 per year, earn six credits as you work on your business, and have the guidance of an IST faculty member as a mentor. Click here to apply.

David Rusenko Emerging Entrepreneur Scholarship

If you are a full-time freshman or sophomore enrolled in the College of IST with and interest in innovation and thinking outside of the box, this scholarship can provide you up to $5,000 per year. Click here to apply.

Nick and Melinda Berardi Open-Source Scholarship

This scholarship is for any undergrad student enrolled in the College of IST who enjoys open-source development. This scholarship can provide you with at least $2,500 per year. Click here to apply.

The deadline to apply for these scholarships is February 28, 2015. If you have questions, please email

Photographs: Top right: IST Alumnus David Rusenko (left) and Penn State President Rodney Erikson; bottom right: College of IST Dean David Hall and the Nick Berardi family on Penn State's University Park campus.