PAWS Shut Down 6/23/24 – 7/2/2024
From June 23, 2024, to July 2, 2024, some PAWS functions will be temporarily unavailable. During this period, all online payment capabilities will be suspended, and tuition calculations will be delayed until the maintenance is completed. Our office will remain open for in-person payments Monday to Thursday, 9 AM to 4 PM. As a reminder, payments over the phone are not accepted. We appreciate your understanding and apologize for any inconvenience.

Office of Student Accounts Summer Hours
In-person services: Monday to Thursday, 9 AM - 4 PM
Virtual/online services only: Friday, 9 AM - 3 PM

We understand the importance of finding scholarship assistance for college expenses. Follow the steps below to get started in your search for scholarships at UWM.

Access the Panther Scholarship Portal

When you apply for admission to UWM, you receive your ePantherID and password. You use these credentials to sign in to the Panther Scholarship Portal, UWM’s universal student scholarships platform. Then:

  1. Complete the Panther Scholarship Portal General Application. Completing the General Application is your entry point to being considered for UWM scholarships. Students are encouraged to submit their General Application as soon as it becomes available, but it is helpful to submit it at any point. Take your time answering the question thoroughly to help scholarship administrators get to know you and what you have accomplished and achieved. Review our Frequently Asked Questions for additional help.
  2. Complete your school/college secondary application (if applicable). Some schools and colleges may have a secondary application specific to you, and completing this secondary application is what makes you eligible for scholarships in your major. Most school/college secondary applications are available from November 1 until February 1. If you don’t see an application specific to your school/college, it is likely that your school/college does not utilize a secondary application.
  3. Review your recommended opportunities. The Panther Scholarship Portal provides Recommended Opportunities for you to apply to based on your General Application responses and your academic record.
  4. Search further. Use the Show Filters button on the Our Opportunities page to filter by your major, department, school/college, or other categories.
  5. Note deadlines. Scholarship opportunities have varying deadlines or closing dates that generally fall between December and May. Keep close track of these! The most widely adopted application deadline is February 1.
  6. Track your status. You can track the status of your applications and offers via the My Applications dashboard. A status of Submitted means your application is still being considered.
  7. Apply early and check back often. Scholarships for next year are typically awarded by April 1, so you must be ahead of the game! Application submission deadlines typically fall during the winter months, and new opportunities are posted throughout each academic year.
Review the Scholarships Timeline

The most common time to apply for scholarships for next year is between November 1 and February 1.

Review our Scholarships Timeline to get a better understanding of important steps in ensuring you will be considered.

Understand the Types of Scholarships

Once a student submits their Panther Scholarship Portal General Application, they will automatically be matched with scholarships they may qualify for, as follows: 

  • Auto-Match Scholarships do not have any additional questions beyond the General Application, and you are matched automatically if you satisfy the qualifications. No further action is required! You will not be able to see these matches in your Recommended Opportunities, but your profile information will be forwarded to the committee(s) administering each scholarship. About 85% of UWM’s scholarships are auto-match opportunities based on the General Application and/or a school/college secondary application.
  • Apply-To Scholarships require additional questions or items (like a resume or reference) for you to be considered. When you’re signed in, apply-to scholarships will appear in your list of Recommended Opportunities, and an “Apply” button will be available under the Actions column. You must submit a scholarship-specific application to be considered. About 15% of UWM’s scholarships are apply-to opportunities.

Private scholarships are awarded to students outside of the Panther Scholarship Portal by external organizations like community non-profit organizations or local businesses.

Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Many scholarships at UWM are need-based, and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a requirement for consideration. We recommend submitting your FAFSA as soon as possible each year. Most scholarships require that a student’s FAFSA has been received by UWM prior to the scholarship application submission deadline for the student to be considered.

If you are ineligible for the FAFSA, you can complete and submit UWM’s Non-FAFSA Need-Based Worksheet to be considered for need-based scholarships. A copy of the worksheet is available for download in the Panther Scholarship Portal General Application.

Consider Our Tips for Applying

Most scholarships are awarded solely on the application submitted, without the opportunity of a personal interview. Read our Tips for Applying to ensure you put your best foot forward.

Looking for more? Expand your search to private scholarships.

Contact Us

To contact the Office of Student Scholarships, use this online contact form. If you have a question about a specific scholarship, include the name of the scholarship and the School/College/Department that awarded it to you or administers it.

In-Person Questions:
Student Financial Service Center
Mellencamp Hall, Room 162
2442 E. Kenwood Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53211