Scholarships are a type of gift aid and do not have to be repaid. Students can be awarded on the basis of academic merit or other criteria such as talent, leadership, community involvement, and financial need.
Here at UWM, there are several scholarship opportunities, ranging from University-Wide scholarships to School/College specific scholarships. Some may require an application. To keep on top of all the scholarship opportunities, be sure to keep checking this page for updates and also like our Facebook page.
Incoming New Freshmen
In recognition of outstanding academic achievement, UW-Milwaukee awards merit-based scholarships to incoming students each year through a competitive scholarship awarding process. Scholarships range from $1,500 to $5,000. Some may be renewable.
What is the Merit-Based Scholarship Process?
Incoming freshmen students who are admitted by December 1st for the upcoming 2017-18 academic year will be considered for incoming freshmen merit-based scholarships. There is no separate application to apply.
What is considered in the scholarship process?
Awarding decisions take into consideration: ACT/SAT test scores, class rank, grade point average, and the college application statement.
When will I hear if I’ve been awarded a merit based scholarship?
Scholarship award notices will be mailed starting mid-December and continue through spring.
New Transfer Students
New transfer students at UWM may be automatically considered for University-Wide scholarships based on their academic profile, admission application essays, extra-curricular and leadership/service activities. New transfer students should also consider filling out applications for scholarship monies that are awarded independently of University-Wide awards. Scholarships range up to $5,000. For more details, please see the transfer scholarship brochure.
Non-Traditional students typically include students who are returning adults looking to complete their education, students with children and/or dependents, and active members of the military or veterans.
- Greater Milwaukee Foundation American Association of University Women-Milwaukee Branch Fund Scholarship– Deadline: June 14, 2017. Valued at $2,500. Open to currently enrolled females grad or undergrad returning to school after a gap. must have junior or senior standing by 6/1/17, a Milwaukee County resident, in good academic standing, with demonstrated financial need. Application.
- The Shorewood Woman’s Club Scholarship– Deadline: June 14, 2017. (2) $1,000 awards available for returning adult/non-traditional females age 25 or older for undergraduates with a minimum of 3.00 GPA. Application.
Out of State Students
UWM is a good value and an even better investment because we’re competitively priced and students qualify for special discount programs that bring your costs close to Wisconsin resident rates—and far below the price tags of private colleges.
University-Wide Scholarships available for current UWM students to apply for
Marian Drake Breskvar Scholarship – Deadline: May 31, 2017. Open to Wisconsin residents who will have junior, senior or Master’s level status in fall 2017; must be enrolled at UW-Milwaukee full-time in Spring 2017 with a 3.00 or higher cumulative GPA. Three scholarships valued at half-tuition are available for 2017-18. Application: Word / PDF
- Sullivan Spaights Scholarship – Deadline: June 7, 2017. Open to graduates of a Milwaukee Public High School who are enrolled full-time, hold a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher, demonstrated financial need (by filing a FAFSA for 2017-18) and demonstrated community leadership. Student must be a member of one of the following ethnic groups: American Indian or Alaska Native, African American or Black, Hispanic or Latino/a, or Hmong/Southeast Asian. Up to five scholarships valued at $8000 are available for 2017-18. Application: Word / PDF
Most scholarship opportunities for graduate students come in the form of Fellowships, Assistantships, and Tuition Waivers and are offered by departments within the School or College. Please visit the Graduate School for more information.
Fellowships, as well as some tuition remissions or waivers, can affect your financial aid package. Teaching, Research, and Project Assistantships (TAs/RAs/PAs) no longer affect your eligibility for federal aid. Although TAs and PAs are no longer considered a financial aid resource, the earnings should be listed as untaxed income on your FAFSA. If you are receiving a tuition waiver or fellowship from the university, and it does not appear in your PAWS financial aid award, please notify our office immediately at email@example.com.
If your other financial aid funds are disbursed prior to your remission/waiver, these will automatically be applied to your tuition account balance. You may not receive any expected refund check until after your tuition remission/waiver has been processed.
Please note that graduate students are automatically assigned a Cost of Attendance that assumes in-state tuition and enrollment in eight or more credits. If you are an out-of-state resident and you do not receive a non-resident tuition remission, you may contact our office to request a review of your financial aid package for a possible revision.
Additional UWM Scholarship Opportunities
All of the UWM schools/colleges offer scholarships to their students.
Please visit their pages for more information. Other areas also offer information about scholarships and their links are listed below.
School of Architecture and Urban Planning
Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business
School of Education
College of Engineering & Applied Science
Peck School of the Arts
College of Letters and Science
School of Freshwater Science
Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health
College of Health Sciences
School of Information Studies
College of Nursing
Helen Bader School of Social Welfare
Center for International Education
Center for Aging & Translational Research
Center for Latin America & Caribbean Studies
Roberto Hernandez Center
American Indian Student Services
LGBT Resource Center
Office of Undergraduate Research
Study Abroad Office
These are scholarships given by donors & organizations not affiliated with UWM. Be sure to notify the Financial Aid Department of the private scholarships you’ve been awarded.
Looking for other scholarships? Check out these private scholarships. Please note that these scholarships are not offered by UWM but rather by an outside source. UWM does not endorse any of these sites, companies, missions, scholarship applications or processes that require students to pay a fee or try to sell a product or service. Questions should be addressed to the contact listed directly.
Most scholarships are awarded solely on the application submitted, without the opportunity of a personal interview.
It is important to present a professional, positive, and accurate application. Be sure to apply only if you are eligible. The following suggestions are offered to assist you with the application process:
- Be thorough and accurate. Incomplete applications do not best represent you and may affect your eligibility.
- Tell your story. This can often be the most important part of the entire application process. This is your only opportunity to share who you are and your unique circumstances. This can help illustrate your financial need and why you deserve the scholarship.
- Recommendation Letters. These can really help boost your application. Be sure to ask those who can positively attest to your character and commitment.
- Meet Deadlines. Be sure your application gets submitted on-time.
- Ask questions. Work directly with the scholarship coordinator for questions or clarity.
Additional Scholarship Resources
Also, just a reminder that you should never pay for scholarship opportunities and be aware of scams.
- Big Future by College Board, a database of more than 2,300 sources of college funding
- FastWEB a personalized search with a database of 1.5 million local, national and college-specific scholarships
- FinAid a comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools with a link to scholarships
- International Scholarships resources for international students and study abroad
- Gilman International Scholarship Program – Aid to undergraduates who wish to study abroad.
- Petersons more than 1.7 million awards
- UniGO helping students find free money for college since 1998
- Scholarships unlimited access to a database of 2.4 million scholarships
- Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
providing scholarship and directory for Latino youth
- Sallie Mae more than 5 million awards