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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 January of each year. Old information does not present you in the best light!

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 and the L&S 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 L&S application. More information will be requested when you click Apply.

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: Applications accepted in October, November and early December of a student’s senior year of high school. Students selected in December and January, notified in January and February, and paid in September of freshman year of college.
  • Current UWM sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students: Applications accepted in January. Students selected in February and March. Students paid in September and October

What information should I provide?

Students should particularly focus on the following sections of the UWM general scholarship application. Even though they may not be marked as required fields, the information in these sections is considered for most College of Letters & Science scholarships.

  • Co-Curricular Activities (this includes any research projects)
  • Community Service and Volunteer Work
  • Work Experience
  • Academic and Career Goals

In addition, students should carefully compose their answers. A lot of grammatical mistakes and spelling errors can be disqualifying factors for L&S scholarships.

Are there scholarships for incoming freshman into L&S?

  • been admitted to UWM for the following Fall freshman class (e.g. apply in November 2023 if you are starting at UWM as a freshman in Fall 2024)
  • 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 $1,000 and $2,500 per year. The application process takes place between October and December 10 of your senior year of high school. Applications are reviewed in January and February, and students are notified in February or March. Late applications will be accepted and will be considered in February if funding is available.