Student Affairs


Recruiting and Assisting Local PSU Students
The Student Affairs committee has several responsiblities in the Chapter:

Administer the Scholarship Fund
The Chapter currently has an endowed scholarship at Penn State that distributes over $20,000 per year to first-year students from our area.  It is the responsibility of the scholarship committee to continue to raise funds for the endowment, to review and select the annual scholarship winners, and to manage the allottment of the endowment funds through the financial aid office at the University.

Assist the DC, MD and VA Alumni Admissions Committees

Penn State employs a full time Regional Admissions Counselor in the Washington DC area, Brett Hoffman, and he can be reached at or 814-876-0405.

We have three very active 'Alumni Admissions Committees' in the DC area.  Contact Brett or the Committee Leaders below if you're interested in helping:

DC: Megan McClean -  or 724-496-5650
MD: Mary Anne Matyaz - or 301-897-2001
VA: Mark Poblete - or 570-337-0609

The main responsibilities of an AAC are: attend College Fairs in the area and staff the Penn State table; participate in LionsROAR, a practice whereby each student that has been accepted to Penn State receives a phone call or email from a trained alumni volunteer to congratulate them and answer any final questions they may have; and occasionally to make high school visits to meet guidance counselors and prospective students.  The AAC volunteers also assist at several functions, including the Student Sendoff, information sessions, and receptions for admitted students.  These functions are planned by Brett.

Student Break Bus Trips
The student charter bus sponsored by the Metro Washington Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association provides safe, reliable, and economic transportation for students traveling from University Park to the Washington, DC metro area over holiday and semester breaks. This is our 19th year of running the bus and we expect this to be an ongoing service we will provide our local students as long as the demand is there to run it in a cost effective manner. For details visit the Student Break Bus Trips page.

Plan an annual 'Student Sendoff'
The annual Student Sendoff is held on a Sunday in early August at a park in the DMV.  First-year students who have paid a deposit toward acceptance of the offer of admission to Penn State from the DC area are invited.  We have a cookout with hot dogs, hamburgers, corn on the cob, and watermelon.  We also have talk sessions with both students and parents, then we wrap it up with some prizes and giveaways.  It's a great way to meet other students from the area and make connections.

Penn State Seeks Intern Sponsors
The Penn State Washington Internship Program would like to hear from chapter members who can provide an internship experience or would like to mentor a student.  The Washington Program brings groups of students to the DC area for the fall, spring, and summer semesters, and are constantly searching for new and exciting internship opportunities for these talented Penn Staters.

If you want to get involved or if you have a social or cultural event that you would like to invite students to attend, please contact program coordinator Scott Colburn at or 215-801-6737