Scholarships

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The UWM Panther Scholarship Portal is your one stop to find and apply to the majority of scholarships offered at UWM! There is one General Application to complete, and the majority of your application carries over to the next awarding cycle, so you simply have to make minor updates and sign and date your application to resubmit it each 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! For more information about the portal, please read the Panther Portal FAQs.

If you are attending the UWM-Milwaukee or UWM-Waukesha campuses, you can get started by logging into the portal using your ePantherID and password that you use to access your PAWS account.

If you are attending the UWM-Washington County campus, you will need to visit the Washington County Campus Foundation to apply for scholarships.

If you previously submitted the General Application and/or the School/College/Department Application, many of the answers you included will be carried forward to the next awarding cycle. However, 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 starting October 4, 2021. 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.

Most scholarships for the current academic year have already been awarded. Scholarships for the upcoming 2022-23 awarding cycle, including admission scholarships for new freshmen and transfer students, will open October 4, 2021. Be certain to log into the portal periodically to see if there is anything open that you might be eligible for as well as to review the private scholarships that are listed under Opportunities > Other > External Opportunities.

To contact the Office of Student Scholarships, please email schlrshp@uwm.edu. Be certain to include your campus ID number in the message. In addition, if you have a question about a specific scholarship, please 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 continue to fax or mail us the necessary documents. If you email documents, please make sure to replace your social security number with your campus ID number.

 


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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 the UWM-Milwaukee campus may use the Portal for scholarships once they have applied for admission to the UWM-Milwaukee campus.

UWM-Waukesha Campus

UWM-Waukesha Scholarships

Students may use the Panther Scholarship Portal to apply for the 2022-23 awarding cycle scholarships.

For Incoming New Freshmen

Incoming New Freshmen

We are pleased to introduce Chancellor’s Merit Scholarships, a renewable scholarship for new freshmen admitted for the upcoming fall at the Milwaukee campus. Awards are based on an unweighted high school GPA. The Chancellor’s Merit Scholarships are renewable for up to four years if students have continued full-time enrollment pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at the main campus and remain in good academic standing.

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

Incoming New Freshmen attending the UWM-Milwaukee or the UWM-Waukesha campuses are encouraged to visit the UWM Panther Scholarship Portal for additional scholarship opportunities!

For New Transfers

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 enrolling for Spring 2022 should plan on being admitted by December 1st to be considered for University-Wide scholarships.

The following Schools and Colleges offer scholarship opportunities to incoming transfer students:

School of Architecture and Urban Planning
Peck School of the Arts
Sheldon B. 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 County campus will need to visit the Washington County 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! Graduate students 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 the Office of Student Scholarships as soon as possible 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 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.)

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

Additional UWM Scholarship Opportunities
Private Scholarships

Private Scholarships

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

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.

Looking for other scholarship opportunities? These are scholarships given by donors and 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 the Office of Student Scholarships. 

**NEW!** Private scholarships are now located within the UWM Panther Scholarship Portal! You do not need to log in to view these opportunities. Simply access 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 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

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? 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 to submit your application 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!

Remember, you should never pay for scholarship opportunities. Be mindful of potential scams!

  • Big Future by College Board is a database of more than 2,300 sources of college funding.
  • FastWEB is a personalized search with a database of 1.5 million local, national and college-specific scholarships.
  • FinAid is a comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice, and tools with a link to scholarships.
  • International Scholarships provide resources for international students and study abroad students.
  • Gilman International Scholarship Program provides aid to undergraduates who wish to study abroad.
  • Petersons offers more than 1.7 million awards
  • Scholarships offers unlimited access to a database of 2.4 million scholarships.
  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute provides scholarships for Latino youth.
  • Sallie Mae offers more than 5 million awards.
  • Pathway to Science (Undergraduates) has a searchable database of 650+ summer research programs in all STEM disciplines.
  • Pathway to Science (Graduates) includes funding opportunities and professional development programs and resources.
  • Pathway to Science for Postdocs includes programs and resources for prospective and current STEM postdoctoral researchers including postdoc positions, postdoctoral fellowships, travel awards, and professional development opportunities.
  • APWA_LakeScholarship-FullTimeStudentForm2021 is available for FULL-TIME students whose major course of study encompasses the field of Civil or Environment Engineering, Traffic Engineering, Public Works Administration or other programs within the public works field.
  • APWA_LakeScholarship-PartTimeStudentForm2021 is available for PART-TIME students whose major course of study encompasses the field of Civil or Environment Engineering, Traffic Engineering, Public Works Administration or other programs within the public works field.
  • AURORA LAKELAND MEDICAL CENTER ASSOCIATES is available for students in a healthcare program and in their junior or senior year of a bachelor’s degree program or entering their final academic year of a technical, certificate, or associate degree program.
  • Rhonda LP Hoffmann Scholarship Fund is available for students with demonstrated artistic ability who are pursuing postsecondary education in creative fields.
  • Scholarship Foundation_Friends 2022-23 is available for students pursuing medical, nursing, and other healthcare-related careers.
  • Koenigs_Scholarship_Application_2022 is available for sophomore students and above, who has a home residence in Sheboygan County and is majoring in a Natural Resource-related field with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater on a 4.0 scale.

The following resources are for DACA and Dreamer students: