Scholarships

College is a big investment, and UW-Milwaukee is committed to helping students find ways to pay for it. Scholarships can help. Like grants, scholarships are a type of gift aid and need not be repaid. At UWM, all schools and colleges and many academic departments and programs offer scholarships for students based on a variety of factors, including academic merit, leadership, and service. Some require demonstrated financial need, which means the student must submit a FAFSA to be considered.

The Panther Scholarship Portal is your one-stop shop to find and apply to the majority of scholarships offered at UWM. Complete one General Application and the majority it will carry forward to the next academic year. Your School/College may also have a supplemental application which they use along with the General Application to award their scholarships. After completing your applications, you’ll receive a list of scholarships that you may be eligible for.

Panther Scholarship Portal

Access the Panther Scholarship Portal periodically to see if there are any new opportunities available that you might be eligible for. For more information, read the Panther Scholarship Portal FAQs.

Information by Student Type

New Freshmen

In recognition of outstanding academic achievement, UWM awards merit-based admission scholarships to incoming first-year students each year through a competitive scholarship awarding process. Awards range from $1,500 to $5,000, and some may be renewable.

Some scholarships for new freshmen require no action from the student as they are considered automatically through the admission process. Other scholarship opportunities require the student to complete an application in the Panther Scholarship Portal to be considered.

Chancellor’s Merit Scholarship

The Chancellor’s Merit Scholarship is automatically awarded to new freshmen based on an unweighted final high school grade point average (GPA).

Admission Scholarships

How can I qualify for an admission scholarship?

After being admitted, new freshmen students are encouraged to complete the General Application in the Panther Scholarship Portal to be considered for merit-based scholarships.

What is considered in the awarding process?

In addition to the student’s responses on the General Application in the Panther Scholarship Portal, criteria such as high school grade point average, class rank, and ACT/SAT test scores (if provided) may be considered.

When will I hear if I’ve been awarded an admission scholarship?

Scholarship award notices are emailed beginning in late fall and continuing through the spring. Students with questions should contact the Office of Student Scholarships.

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. The $1,000 annual Milwaukee Advantage Program (MAP) award is offered to students from Illinois and Minnesota.

Incoming freshmen are encouraged to visit the Panther Scholarship Portal for additional scholarship opportunities that they may apply to! Use the New Freshman Scholarships filter to see opportunities specific to you.

New Transfer Students

New transfer students at UWM are encouraged to complete the Panther Scholarship Portal General Application to be automatically considered for admission scholarships and others. Use the Transfer Student Scholarships filter to view opportunities specific to you.

New transfer students first enrolling at UWM for the spring semester should plan on being admitted by December 1st to be considered for University-Wide scholarships.

The following Schools and Colleges offer scholarship opportunities unique to incoming transfer 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. The $1,000 annual Milwaukee Advantage Program (MAP) award is offered to students from Illinois and Minnesota.

New transfer students are encouraged to visit the Panther Scholarship Portal for additional scholarship opportunities!

Current Undergraduate Students

Current students are encouraged to visit the Panther Scholarship Portal for scholarship opportunities.

If you submitted the General Application and/or the School/College/Department Application in previous academic years, many of the answers you included will be carried forward each year to the next awarding cycle. There will be a few questions that you are required to re-answer, along with signing and dating your application(s) to submit for the new awarding cycle. If you do not complete these steps, your application(s) will remain in draft status, and you may not be considered for some scholarship opportunities.

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. Visit the Graduate School for more information.

Graduate students are encouraged to visit the Panther Scholarship Portal for other 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, notify the Office of Student Scholarships as soon as possible.

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.

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 non-resident tuition remission, you may contact the Financial Aid 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.)

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. Visit the Panther Scholarship Portal for scholarship opportunities.

Students who previously attended UWM and are planning for re-entry may also be eligible for scholarships.

Additional Resources

UWM Schools, Colleges, and Departments
Private Scholarships

These are scholarships given by donors and organizations not affiliated with UWM. UWM does not endorse any of these companies, organizations, services, or products.

Some private scholarships can be found in the Panther Scholarship Portal. You do not need to log in to view these opportunities.

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, contact the Office of Student Scholarships.

Do I have to report receiving a scholarship to anyone? Yes! If you do not report the private scholarship(s) you receive to the Office of Student Scholarships, you may have to repay federal and/or state aid.

I Have a Private Scholarship to Report

It may take up to two weeks from the time the Office of Student Scholarships receives the check to add and disburse private scholarships to a student’s PAWS account.

Donors or organizations who want to notify the Office of Student Scholarships of a scholarship for a UWM student may do so here:

Donor to Report A Scholarship for a UWM Student

Do you have a scholarship you would like us to post on our site? Complete our Post a Scholarship Form for consideration.

Additional Resources

Tips for Applying

Review our scholarship application tips to put your best foot forward.

External Scholarship Sources

We encourage you to review the following search engines for even more scholarship opportunities! Remember, you should never pay for scholarship opportunities.

DACA & Dreamer Students

The following resources are for DACA and Dreamer students:

Scholarship Impact

Use the links below to learn more about our scholarship recipients.

About the Office of Student Scholarships

Learn more about our mission, purpose, core values, and staff team.

 

Download Scholarship Poster

Contact Us

To contact the Office of Student Scholarships, use this online contact form. If you have a question about a specific scholarship, include the name of the scholarship and the School/College/Department that awarded it to you or administers it.

In-Person Questions:
Mellencamp Hall, Room 162
2442 E. Kenwood Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53211