The scholarship process for all students begins with UWM’s Scholarship Portal. You will need to create a general profile and upload a copy of your transcript.
There are also many scholarships for which there is no additional application beyond the general scholarship application and uploaded transcript; students are automatically reviewed for these types of scholarships, and you will not see any link to “apply.” But, please know that if you have thoroughly filled out the general application, you will be considered for everything you qualify for based on your profile.
You may also see scholarships on your dashboard that you can Apply To. These are scholarships which do require additional information beyond the general application and uploaded transcript.
Sophomore, juniors, seniors, and graduate students may be eligible for a variety of college-wide scholarships as well as awards specific to their major or program of study. The selection process can occur at any time of the year, but most students are selected in February and March, notified in April and May, and paid the following school year.
Students are strongly encouraged to complete the following sections of the UWM general scholarship application. Even though they are not required by the Financial Aid Office, students will need to complete these sections to be considered for most College of Letters & Science scholarships.
- Co-Curricular Activities
- Community Service and Volunteer Work
- Work Experience
- Academic Achievements and Honors
- Academic and Career Goals
New incoming freshmen to the College of Letters & Science are encouraged to review the description for the New Directions scholarship and to apply if they meet the criteria. Successful candidates will be planning a major in the College of Letters & Science and will have a high school unweighted GPA of 3.7 or higher and a standardized test score at the 90th percentile or higher. New Directions is a four-year renewable scholarship up to $3,500 per year. The application process takes place between December and January of your senior year of high school, students are notified in late January and February, and the award is paid the following school year.