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 rage 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.
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
- College of Letters & Science – Access to Excellence Scholarship, $1,000, Deadline: April 1, 2017. This scholarship is given to a full-time student who will have sophomore, junior, or senior standing as of August 31, 2017. Applicants must have demonstrated financial need as shown on the FAFSA, a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher, a declared major or an intended major in the College of Letters & Science. Contact: Deanna Ding, 414.229.7711, email@example.com
- College of Letters & Science – Ethel Sloane Memorial Scholarship, $1,000, Deadline: April 1, 2017. Applicants must have senior status by August 31, 2017, be full-time, and be a declared or intended major in biological sciences, microbiology, biochemistry, chemistry, geosciences, math, physics, atmospheric science, or conservation/environmental science. Applicants with a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher will be considered with a preference for a female recipient. Contact: Deanna Ding, 414.229.7711, firstname.lastname@example.org
- College of Letters & Science – First Generation Scholarship, $1,500, Deadline: April 1, 2017. Applicants must be full-time students who have achieved junior or senior status by August 31, 2017. Applicants also must be the first generation of their immediate family to attend college (Your parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles did not attend college; you can have cousins or siblings who attended college.) Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher is required along with a declared major in the College of Letters & Science. Contact: Deanna Ding, 414.229.7711, email@example.com
- College of Letters & Science – Meadows Fund Scholarship, Up to $2,500, Deadline: April 1, 2017. The Meadows Fund Scholarship is given to an undergraduate with a major or intended major in a program offered by the College of Letters & Science. The student can be an incoming freshman or can be a continuing sophomore, junior, or senior. Applicants must have been in the foster care system, either currently or formerly, and must be a full-time student. Contact: Deanna Ding, 414.229.7711, firstname.lastname@example.org
- College of Letters & Science – Gertrude Eichstaedt Scholarship, Up to $1,500, Deadline: April 1, 2017. Full-time students with sophomore status as of August 31, 2017 and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher can apply for the Gertrude Eichstaedt Scholarship. Applicants must also have a declared major or an intended major in the College of Letters & Science. Contact: Deanna Ding, 414.229.7711, email@example.com
- College of Letters & Science – Jeffrey K. Kunkel Scholarship, $1,000 Deadline: April 1, 2017. Full-time students with a declared or intended major in the College of Letters & Science who have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and demonstrated financial need as shown on the FAFSA will be considered for the Jeffrey K. Kunkel Scholarship. Preference is given for students from a racial/ethnic minority group underrepresented in the UW System (African American, American Indian, Latino/a, Southeast Asian). Contact: Deanna Ding, 414.229.7711, firstname.lastname@example.org
- College of Letters & Science – Martine Darmon Meyer Scholarship, Up to $2,000 Deadline: April 1, 2017. The Martine Darmon Meyer Scholarship is given to a student who will be a full-time sophomore, junior, or senior in Fall 2017. Applicants must have graduated from a Milwaukee Public School system high school and have demonstrated financial need as shown on the FAFSA. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher is required as is a declared or intended major in the College of Letters & Science. Contact: Deanna Ding, 414.229.7711, email@example.com
- College of Letters & Science – Natural Science Minority Academic Achievement Scholarship, Up to $2,500, Deadline: April 1, 2017. Applicants for the Natural Science Minority Achievement Scholarship will be full-time students who have reached sophomore, junior, or senior status by August 31, 2017. They will also have a declared major or a declared intended major in biological sciences, microbiology, biochemistry, chemistry, geosciences, math, physics, atmospheric science, or conservation/environmental science, and they will have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher. Recipients of this scholarship will also have demonstrated financial need as shown on the FAFSA and a preference will be given for students from a racial/ethnic minority group that is underrepresented in the UW System (African American, American Indian, Latino/a, Southeast Asian). Contact: Deanna Ding, 414.229.7711, firstname.lastname@example.org
- College of Letters & Science – Target M.D. Scholarship, Up to $1,500, Deadline: April 1, 2017. The Target M.D. Scholarship is for full-time pre-med students who have junior or senior status by May 31, 2017. Applicants will need a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher as well as a GPA of 3.5 or higher when calculated on all math and science courses. Applicants must also be a Wisconsin resident. Contact: Deanna Ding, 414.229.7711, email@example.com
- College of Letters & Science – William F. Halloran Scholarship, $1,500 Deadline: April 1, 2017. Full-time students with sophomore status as of August 31, 2017 and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher can apply for the William F. Halloran Scholarship. A declared or intended major in the College of Letters & Science is also required. Preference will be given to members of the Honors College, and preference will also be given to students with a major in the humanities (any foreign language, Art History, Communication, English or Philosophy). Contact: Deanna Ding, 414.229.7711, firstname.lastname@example.org
- LGBT+ Chapter Alumni, Ross-Leonard & Helmut W. Hampel Scholarship, $1,000 – $2,000, Deadline: April 14, 2017. These scholarship is designed to support students demonstrating commitment to promoting and securing equal rights for members of the LGBTQIA community or pursuing academic study promoting equal rights. Students are eligible to apply each year.
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
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