Hungry for scholarship money? Finding scholarships at UWM just got a whole lot easier!

Introducing the UWM Panther Scholarship Portal! No more time spent filling out multiple applications asking the same questions. Now you can just fill out one General Application and your School/College’s supplemental application (if applicable). Afterward, you’ll get a list of scholarships that you potentially match to! For more information about the portal, please read Panther Portal FAQ.

Sounds Great, doesn’t it? Get started by logging into the portal below with the same ePantherID credentials that you use to log into your PAWS account.

Panther Scholarship Portal

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For Incoming New Freshmen

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 2019-20 academic year will be considered for merit-based scholarships. There is no separate application, however, students are encouraged to visit the Panther Scholarship Portal and complete the application process to learn what other UWM opportunities they potentially match to in addition to Admission Scholarships.

What is considered in the scholarship process?

Awarding decisions take into consideration: ACT/SAT test scores, class rank, grade point average, in addition to the answers submitted on the scholarship application found in the Panther Scholarship Portal.

When will I hear if I’ve been awarded a merit-based scholarship?

Scholarship award notices will be both emailed and mailed starting at the beginning of January and continue through spring.

Are DACA students eligible for these and other scholarships?

Yes! DACA students are eligible for these and can also apply for other UWM scholarships through the Panther Scholarship Portal. Students will be asked if they are either international or DACA students. In addition, they can download a Non-FAFSA Worksheet to determine the level of financial need in order to be considered for need-based scholarships.

The following is a scholarship that cannot be found on the Panther Portal:

University-Wide: Kessler Student Leadership Scholarship for New Freshman

Through a generous gift from State Representative Frederick P. Kessler and Court of Appeals Judge Joan F. Kessler, three scholarships valued at $1,500 will be available for the 2019-2020 academic year to be used toward tuition and other educational expenses. These are one-time scholarships intended to encourage student leaders to consider future public service. An external scholarship committee will select the recipients from all completed applications submitted by the deadline date. Successful recipients may be able to reapply for this scholarship in subsequent years at UWM if sufficient funds are available.

Deadline: June 3, 2019.

For New Transfer Students

New Transfer Students

New transfer students at UWM may be automatically considered for University-Wide scholarships based on their academic profile and Panther Portal General Application. New transfer students enrolling for Fall 2019, should plan on being admitted by March 1st to be considered for University-Wide scholarships.

A list of the Schools and Colleges that offer scholarship opportunities to incoming transfer students:

School of Architecture and Urban Planning
Peck School of the Arts
Lubar School of Business
School of Education
College of Health Sciences
School of Information Studies
College of Nursing
Helen Bader School of Social Welfare

For Non-Traditional & Military Students

Non-Traditional & Military Students

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. Please be sure to visit the UWM Panther Scholarship Portal for scholarship opportunities!

For Out of State Students

Out of State Students

UWM is a great 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.

For Current Students

Current Students

Current students are encouraged to visit the UWM Panther Scholarship Portal for scholarship opportunities! The following are opportunities not found in the scholarship portal:

University-Wide: Ronald E. McNair Program
Paid Summer Internship. The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is offering a paid summer internship for low-income, first-generation, or underrepresented minority college students with at least a 2.75 GPA. Must be a junior or senior and interest in pursuing a PhD. This is an 8-week paid research opportunity open to all disciplines. website.

University-Wide: Kessler Student Leadership Scholarship for Current Students

Through a generous gift from State Representative Frederick P. Kessler and Court of Appeals Judge Joan F. Kessler, four scholarships valued at $1500 each will be available for the 2019-2020 academic year to be used toward tuition and other educational expenses. These scholarships are intended to encourage current UWM undergraduate students with a history of leadership to consider future public service. An external scholarship committee will select the recipients from all completed applications submitted.

Deadline: June 3, 2019.

For Graduate Students

Graduate Students

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.

*NEW! Graduates are encouraged to visit the UWM Panther Scholarship Portal for scholarship opportunities!

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

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.  This may allow you to borrow additional loans (usually in the form of a Federal Direct Grad PLUS or a Private Alternative Loan.)

Additional UWM Scholarship Opportunities
Private Scholarships

Private Scholarships

These are scholarships given by donors & organizations not affiliated with UWM.

 Do I have to report receiving a scholarship to anyone?

Yes! If you do not report scholarships you receive to the Financial Aid Office, you may have to repay federal and/or state aid.
I Have a Private Scholarship to Report

Donors or Organizations who want to notify us of a scholarship for a UWM student can submit here:
Donor to Report A Scholarship for a UWM Student

Looking for other scholarship opportunities? These are scholarships given by donors & organizations NOT affiliated with UWM. UWM does not endorse any of these companies, organizations, services or products. We encourage you to use caution when providing personal information, and you should never have to pay or purchase products or services in order to be eligible for a scholarship. If you have any concerns or negative experiences regarding any of these listed scholarships, please contact our office.

Private Scholarships

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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:

  1. Be thorough and accurate. Incomplete applications do not best represent you and may affect your eligibility.
  2. 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.
  3. Recommendation Letters. These can really help boost your application. Be sure to ask those who can positively attest to your character and commitment.
  4. Meet Deadlines. Be sure your application gets submitted on-time.
  5. Ask questions. Work directly with the scholarship coordinator for questions or clarity.
Additional Resources

Additional Scholarship Resources

We encourage you to check these search engines for even more scholarship opportunities!

Also, just a reminder that you should never pay for scholarship opportunities and be aware of scams.