The scholarship process for all students begins with UWM’s general scholarship application. You will need to create a profile. Following the completion of the general application, you will be able to search for and apply to individual scholarships for which you may meet the criteria.

There are also many scholarships for which there is no additional application beyond the general scholarship application; 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.

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 November and December of your senior year of high school, students are notified in January, and the award is paid the following school year.

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. Some scholarships require just the general application and the bulleted items above. Others will require additional information. 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.

Ryan Nelson
Ryan Nelsen is a senior majoring in biology on a pre-med track. He has received the New Directions scholarship since his freshman year.


Loretha Jack
Loretha Jack, a Conservation and Environmental Science student, received the Hutto-Erdman Conservation Scholarship.


Lueck Christ
Christy Lueck was the recipient of the Martine Darmon Meyer Scholarship, awarded to an L&S student who has reached junior or senior standing and who graduated from a high school in the Milwaukee Public School system.