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Penguin Random House Scholars Program
Deadline to apply: December 31, 2019 3:00 pm CT

Penguin Random House has established a scholarship program to assist eligible employees’ dependent children who plan to continue their post-secondary school education. Scholarships are offered for one year for full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school of the student’s choice.

This scholarship program is administered by Scholarship America┬«, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or disability.

Evaluation and selection of the recipients is made solely by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or any employee of Penguin Random House or any of its shareholders play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

Applicants to the Penguin Random House Scholars Program must:

  • Be dependent* children, age 24 and under, of PRH US or PRH Canada regular full or part-time employees (scheduled to work 20 hours or more per week) who have a minimum of one (1) year of employment with the company as of the application deadline date and are employed by the company at the time recipients are selected
  • *Dependent children are defined as natural, legally adopted children, stepchildren or children of a same-sex domestic partner living in the employee’s household or primarily dependent on the employee for support.

  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent)

U.S. Applicants must be high school seniors or graduates who plan to enroll or students who are already enrolled in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year.

Canadian Applicants must be secondary school students in the final year of school, or secondary school graduates who plan to enroll or students who are already enrolled in full-time university level undergraduate studies at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year.

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive:

  • a $2,500 award issued in U.S. currency
  • up to twenty-five (25) awards will be granted each year

Awards will be granted in direct proportion to the number of applications received from each location and every effort will be made to grant at least one award per location, as long as there are qualified applicants.

Receipt of a scholarship is conditional upon the student’s enrollment and of the Penguin Random House employee being actively employed at the time the award is granted.

The value of the award is considered non-taxable income to the employee or the recipient.

Awards are not renewable, but students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Notification

Applicants will be notified by mid-June.

Selection of recipients:

For U.S. applicants: Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, a statement of goals and aspirations, unusual personal or family circumstances, and an outside appraisal. Financial need as calculated by Scholarship America must be demonstrated for the student to receive an award.

For Canadian applicants: The academic evaluation of Canadian applicants will include a review of the grade/mark average and a review of the results of academic examinations, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, a statement of goals and aspirations, unusual personal or family circumstances, and an outside appraisal. Financial need as calculated by Scholarship America must be demonstrated for the student to receive an award.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any family member of George H. Boomer, Sr. play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of Penguin Random House. Payment is made in U.S. currency by check/cheque in one installment on August 1. The check/cheque is mailed to each recipient’s home address and are made payable to the school for the student.

Application Information

Interested students must complete the application in English and mail it along with a current, complete transcript of grades to Scholarship America postmarked no later than
May 1, 2019. Grade reports are not acceptable. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grade and credit hours earned for each course, and term in which each course was taken. Applicants will receive acknowledgment of receipt of their application. If an acknowledgment email is not received within three weeks, applicants may call Scholarship America to verify that the application has been received.

Applicants are responsible for gathering and submitting all necessary information. Applications are evaluated on the information supplied; therefore, answer all questions as completely as possible. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated. All information received is considered confidential and is reviewed only by Scholarship America.

Application Instructions

Open the Printable Application Form (This will open in a new window)

Use the PDF fill-in-the-blank feature to complete the form:

  1. Save a copy of the form to your personal data storage device
  2. Type in your responses using the Tab key to move between fields
  3. You may save the file while in progress and return to complete or revise it later
  4. When finished, print the completed form

Applicants must print the page(s) of the application containing the Applicant Appraisal and Transcript Information sections (if part of the application) and submit to the appropriate individuals for completion (if applicable). These sections cannot be completed electronically.

Mail the completed application form (including the completed Appraisal and Transcript sections if part of the application, and any other required documents) to Scholarship America by the program’s application postmark deadline: May 21, 2019. The mailing address is on the application form.

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Questions? Contact us:

Email: support@scholarshipamerica.org
Phone: 507-931-1682 and ask for the Penguin Random House Scholars Program

Questions regarding the scholarship program should be addressed to:

Penguin Random House Scholars Program
Scholarship America
One Scholarship Way
Saint Peter, MN 56082