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 Undergraduate Admissions Office 

To get started a training video and orientation is all you need! 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.

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