Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the  Financial Aid/MEBO Offices have suspended all in-person services, but we are still working to serve the needs of students, faculty, and staff.

The Panther Scholarship Portal is now open for the upcoming 2021-22 awarding cycle!

If you previously submitted the General and/or school/college-specific application (CHS, SOE, NUR, HONORS, WKSHA FNDTN, L&S), many of the answers you included on these applications will be rolled over to the new cycle. However, there will be a few questions where the answers have been archived and you will need to re-answer them, as well as signing and dating your application(s) for the new awarding cycle. If you do not complete these steps, your application(s) will remain in draft status and may not be considered for some scholarship opportunities.

Most scholarships for the current academic year have already been awarded.  However, there may be new scholarship opportunities or a few that are still open.  In addition, scholarships for 2021-22 new admits are now open. Most schools and colleges begin awarding for the next academic year starting in November.

As always, be sure to log into the portal periodically to see if there is anything open that you might be eligible for as well as checking out the Private scholarships that are listed under Opportunities>Other> External Opportunities.

 To get in touch with the Scholarship Unit: please email us at , be sure to provide your campus ID in the email. In addition, if you have a specific question about a scholarship, please include the name of the scholarship and the school/college/dept that awarded it to you or administers it.

To contact the Financial Aid Office: Use our online contact form or leave a message by calling 414.229.4541. You can also schedule a phone appointment. You can continue to fax or mail us necessary documents. If you email documents, please make sure to replace your social security number with your campus ID#.

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. ***CURRENTLY, THE PORTAL IS CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE AND WILL RE-OPEN OCTOBER 1ST.***

Sounds Great, doesn’t it? If you are attending the UWM-Milwaukee or UWM-Waukesha campuses you can get started by logging into the portal below with the same ePantherID credentials that you use to log into your PAWS account. If you are attending the UWM-Washington campus, you will need to visit the Washington Campus Foundation to apply for scholarships.

Panther Scholarship Portal

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UWM-Washington Campus

UWM-Washington County Scholarships

Students attending this campus are not eligible to use the Panther Scholarship Portal. Instead, they are asked to visit the Washington County Campus Foundation to learn about and apply for scholarships. Students who plan to transfer to UWM- Milwaukee campus may use the Portal for scholarships once they have applied to UWM-Milwaukee campus.

UWM-Waukesha Campus

UWM-Waukesha County Scholarships

Starting in October, students may use the Panther Scholarship Portal to apply for the 2021-22 awarding cycle scholarships.

For Incoming New Freshmen

Incoming New Freshmen

We are pleased to introduce Chancellor’s Merit Scholarships, which are new scholarships for freshmen at the Milwaukee campus starting in Fall 2021. Awarded based on an unweighted high school GPA, Chancellor’s Merit Scholarships are renewable for up to four years, if students remain in good academic standing at UWM.

Students who qualify for a Chancellor’s Merit Scholarship will receive their scholarships automatically upon full-time enrollment at UWM. They will be notified of the award shortly after they are admitted. No scholarship application is required.  Please find eligibility requirements below:


Chancellor’s Merit Scholarships
High School GPA Annual Award Amount 4-Year Award Amount
3.40 – 3.74 $500 $2,000
3.75 – 3.99 $1,000 $4,000
4.00 $1,500 $6,000
For New Transfers

New Transfer Students

New transfer students at UWM are encouraged to complete the Panther Portal General Application to be automatically considered for Admission scholarship and others. New transfer students enrolling for Spring 2021, should plan on being admitted by December 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 Current Students

Current Students

Current students attending the UWM-Milwaukee or the UWM-Waukesha campuses are encouraged to visit the UWM Panther Scholarship Portal for scholarship opportunities! Students attending the UWM-Washington campus will need to visit the Washington Campus Foundation website to apply for scholarships.

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 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, 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.)

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. **New for Fall 2021, the $1,000 annual Milwaukee Advantage Program (MAP) award is being extended to students from Minnesota in addition to Illinois!**

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!

HER UWM Application – Seeks to help women over the age of 35 gain access to economic self-sufficiency and long lasting financial security through higher education.

Additional UWM Scholarship Opportunities
Private Scholarships

Private Scholarships

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

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. **NEW!** Private scholarships are now located within the UWM Panther Scholarship Portal! You do not need to log-in to view these opportunities, simply go to the Portal and click on “Opportunities” and select “External” from the drop-down list.

Do I have to report receiving a scholarship?

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

Do you have a scholarship you would like us to post on our site?

If so, please submit this Post a Scholarship Form for consideration.



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.

The following resources are for DACA and Dreamer students: