Scholarships

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? 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.

Please note that the General and school/college applications are closed for the 2019-20 awarding cycle. These applications will re-open starting October 15th for the 2020-21 awarding cycle. There may also be a few scholarships available for the current year as well.

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 2020-21 awarding cycle scholarships.

For Incoming New Freshmen

Incoming New Freshmen

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

How can I qualify for an Admission Scholarship?

The 2019-20 awarding cycle has closed and the 2020-21 awarding cycle will open in October. Incoming freshmen students who are admitted by December 1st for the 2020-21 academic year 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?

The following are taken 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 an Admission Scholarship?

Scholarship award notices will be emailed starting at the beginning of January and continue through March. Incoming freshmen have until May 1st to accept their offers. After that date, any funds remaining will be offered to other students.

Are international and undocumented students eligible for these and other scholarships?

Undocumented/DACA students are eligible for Admission and other UWM scholarships through the Panther Scholarship Portal. International students are not eligible for Admission based scholarships but are eligible for many others. Both can apply for need-based awards as well by answering the question in the General Application and uploading the Non-FAFSA Need Worksheet, which can also be found on the General Application.

For New Transfer Students

New Transfer Students

New transfer students at UWM are encouraged to complete the Panther Portal General Application to be automatically considered for an Admission and other scholarships. 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 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 schlrshp@uwm.edu.

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.

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!

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.

Tips

Tips

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.