Hello! The Penny Fellowship & Scholarship Program assists Minnesota State College and University (MnSCU) students financially so that they can participate in unpaid public service internships and continue their commitment to community service. Please help us to share this information with students you work with. Students attending any MnSCU institution (state universities or community and technical colleges) are eligible. The Penny Program is sponsored by the Minnesota State University Student Association (MSUSA), which represents the more than 70,000 students attending Minnesota’s seven state universities.
Timothy J. Penny Federal Public Service Fellowship
The purpose of this fellowship is to provide MnSCU students with the financial opportunity to grow as public servants through participation in federal government internships in the Washington, DC area. Fellowships of $5,000 each will be given out to students for internships in Washington D.C.
Timothy J. Penny State Public Service Fellowship
The purpose of this fellowship is to provide MnSCU students with the financial opportunity to grow as public servants through participation in Minnesota state or local government internships. Fellowships of $2,500 each will be given out to students for legislative internships or an internship in Minnesota at a state agency.
Once a fellowship is granted, the successful applicant has up to one year to implement an internship activity. The Board will require confirmation from the supervisor of the internship before funds will be released. Each successful applicant will be assigned a mentor from the Penny Program Board, who will assist the student in finding an appropriate internship site.
Barbara J. Penny Community Service Scholarship
The purpose of the Barbara Penny Community Service Scholarship is to recognize MnSCU students who have demonstrated a commitment to community service, and to promote their growth as community leaders. The Penny Scholarship monetarily awards two students a year with up to $1,500 each.
Applications are due November 1st and are attached or can be downloaded online. Watch this video to learn more about the program!