Scholarships

The scholarship process for all students begins with UWM’s Scholarship Portal. In the scholarship portal, you can browse scholarships that currently are accepting applications. Scholarship applications cannot be completed during the month of September as our software is closed for maintenance.

What applications do I fill out and what are the deadlines?

General Application

The “general application” consists of a complete profile about yourself – work history, internships, extracurricular activities, etc. Your answers in the “general application” will carry over from year-to-year for up to four years. Students should add and update their general application at least once per year (and preferably once per semester) and must re-sign it once per year to activate it. It is recommended this be done in October and February of each year. Old information does not present you in the best light when applications are reviewed for various scholarships.

Letters & Science Application

The “L&S application” consists of just one item – upload a copy of your most recent transcript. If you are newly admitted to UWM and do not have a UWM transcript yet, you can upload a copy of your most recent transcript from high school or the last college attended. Your L&S application should be updated each semester when a newer transcript becomes available.

There are many scholarships for which you ONLY need to complete the UWM general scholarship application and the Letters & Science application. Students are automatically reviewed for these scholarships, and you will not see any link to “apply.” If you have thoroughly filled out the general application, you will be considered for everything you qualify for, based on your profile.

Can I apply for specific scholarships?

You might also see scholarships on your dashboard for which you may apply. These are scholarships which DO require additional information beyond the general application and uploaded transcript. More information will be requested when you click Apply.

Featured Letters & Science Scholarship Recipients

Allie HabeckSenior Allie Habeck is in her fourth year of the renewable New Directions scholarship. New Directions is a four-year scholarship given to incoming freshmen in the College of Letters & Science. Allie is a double major in English and Journalism, Advertising & Media Studies. “This scholarship means so much to me because it helps me become one step closer to making my career aspirations of being a copywriter and author come true.”
Grace MussellGrace Mussell is a senior majoring in Art History and a recipient of the Jan and Tom Montiegel Scholarship, an award given to high-achieving students in the College of Letters & Science. “I hope to continue on to graduate school in order to get my master’s degree in museum studies after graduation. I have also become interested in how public history can contextualize an exhibition. I hope to help create impactful exhibitions throughout my career whether that be through curation, research, or other positions.”
Klaudia RixmannKlaudia Rixmann is double majoring in German and Global Studies and a recipient of both the William F. Halloran Scholarship and the Schwertfeger Student Award. The Halloran Scholarship is awarded to high-achieving sophomores in the College of Letters & Science and the Schwertfeger Award is given to outstanding students in the German program. “In the future, I hope to work for international non-profit organizations like Oxfam, Human Rights Watch, Greenpeace, International Institute for Sustainable Development, or the United Nations located in Austria or Germany.”
Keiara UlmerKeiara Ulmer is a sophomore intending to major in physics with an emphasis on astrophysics. She received the Tower View Investment Management Schoalarship, which is awarded to first-generation college students who are members of underrepresented minority groups. “I hope to be able to apply to NASA as an astrophysicist or even become a professor.”
Xeng VangSenior Xeng Vang is a biology major on a pre-med track. He received the Natural Sciences Minority Academic Achievement Scholarship. “After graduation, I will be attending medical school in hopes of becoming an emergency doctor. Using my position as a physician, I will be a sociopolitical advocate for underrepresented minorities to voice our values and concerns.”

When does the scholarship selection process occur?

The scholarship selection process can occur at any time of the year, but most students are selected on these timelines:

  • New freshmen: Selected in December and January, notified in January and February, and paid in September
  • Current UWM sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students: Selected in March, April, and May; paid in September and October

What information should I provide?

Students are strongly encouraged to complete the following sections of the UWM general scholarship application. Even though they may not be marked as required fields, 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

In addition, students should carefully compose their answers to the essay questions. Significant numbers of grammatical mistakes and spelling errors can be disqualifying factors for L&S scholarships.

Are there scholarships for incoming freshman into L&S?

New incoming freshmen to the College of Letters & Science are encouraged to review the description for the New Directions and the Jan and Tom Montiegel scholarships and to apply if they meet the criteria between October and December 10 each year for priority consideration. Successful candidates will have:

  • been admitted to UWM for the Fall 2021 freshman class
  • plans for a major in the College of Letters & Science
  • a high school unweighted GPA of 3.7 or higher
  • a strong writing sample
  • a deep record of extracurricular activities

Both the New Directions and the Montiegel Scholarships are four-year renewable scholarships valued between $500 and $2,500 per year. The application process takes place between October and December of your senior year of high school, students are notified in late January and February, and the award is paid the following school year. The priority deadline is December 10, but late applications will be accepted and will be considered in February if funding is available.

New freshmen entering in Fall 2021 may also be eligible for the Chancellor’s Merit Scholarship. These scholarships are given to all incoming freshmen regardless of major based on high school GPA. More information is at https://uwm.edu/undergrad-admission/scholarships/.