Scholarships

The Panther Scholarship Portal is your one-stop website to find and apply to the majority of scholarships offered at UWM. Complete one General Application and the majority of your application carries over to the next awarding cycle. 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.

Access the Panther Scholarship Portal periodically to see if there are any new opportunities available that you might be eligible for. And review the Private Scholarships we publicize, as well. For more information, read the Panther Scholarship Portal FAQs.

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New Freshmen

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).

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 will be emailed starting at the beginning of January and continuing through the spring. Students with questions should contact the Office of Student Scholarships.

UWM at Waukesha & Washington County Students

Students attending UWM at Waukesha utilize the Panther Scholarship Portal to apply for scholarships.

Students attending UWM at Washington County must visit the Washington County Campus Foundation to apply for scholarships. Students who plan to transfer to the UWM-Milwaukee campus may use the Portal for scholarships once they have applied for admission to the UW-Milwaukee campus.

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 freshmen are encouraged to visit the Panther Scholarship Portal for additional scholarship opportunities!

New Transfer Students

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. 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 Minnesota and Illinois.

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

Current Undergraduate Students

Current Undergraduate Students

Current students attending the UWM-Milwaukee or the UWM-Waukesha campuses 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.

UWM at Waukesha & Washington County Students

Students attending UWM at Waukesha utilize the Panther Scholarship Portal to apply for scholarships.

Students attending UWM at Washington County must visit the Washington County Campus Foundation to apply for scholarships. Students who plan to transfer to the UWM-Milwaukee campus may use the Portal for scholarships once they have applied for admission to the UW-Milwaukee campus.

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. 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 Department of Financial Aid 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 & 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.

Additional UWM Scholarship Opportunities
Private Scholarships

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.

Tips for Applying

Tips for Applying

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 may 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. Seek solid 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 to submit your application on time.
  5. Ask questions. Work directly with the scholarship coordinator for questions or clarification.
Additional Resources

Additional Resources

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

The following resources are for DACA and Dreamer students:

To contact the Office of Student Scholarships, email schlrshp@uwm.edu. Include your Campus ID number in the message. In addition, 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.

To contact the Department of Financial Aid, use this online contact form or leave a message by calling (414) 229-4541. You can also schedule a phone appointment. You can fax or mail us any necessary documents. If you email documents, replace your social security number with your campus ID number.