Paying for college can be tough. Thankfully, universities offer scholarships for new and returning students. The University of Massachusetts Amherst has their fair share of financial opportunities. Here is a list of 10 scholarships available to students!
1. Honors-to-Honors Scholarship
The Honors-to-Honors scholarship is a great opportunity for students who are entering the UMASS Honors College and have already attended a Massachusetts community college. This is a great opportunity for honors students to continue their success when they take the next step in their educational journey. Students will be awarded $6000 per year for two consecutive years. There is no hard due date for the award, but you should contact the Admissions office to formally apply.
2. Flagship Award
The Flagship Award is for those students who are applying to UMASS and are classified as low income. There is no application required and the university will reach out to those who qualify. In-state applicants are eligible, and a committee will determine who will receive the award. The amount varies by year, so there is no set amount available at this time.
3. Academic Honors Scholarship
If you were a top-scoring winner at the Massachusetts Science Fair, you may be entitled to the Academic Honors Scholarship if you are an entering student. This is a $5000 scholarship that you do not need to apply for because the university will notify those who are eligible. To be eligible, you must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA and the money is available for up to 8 semesters.
4. F.M Dowd Memorial Scholarship
Freshmen who are going to attend UMASS as a full-time student are eligible to apply for the F.M Dowd Memorial Scholarship. This is for $4000 and you must be majoring in math, engineering or physical sciences. Students can apply at the UMASS academic works website and the deadline is March 31.
5. John and Margaret O’Connell Memorial Scholarship
If you graduated from Norwood High School in Norwood, MA, you can apply for the John and Margaret O’Connell Memorial Scholarship. This is a $5000 scholarship and applicants must contact the Norwood High School Guidance Office to apply. The decision will be based on academic achievement and dedication to attend UMass Amherst. Students must apply for FASFA in order to be eligible.
6. GOLD Class Scholarship
The GOLD Class scholarship is one only available to seniors at UMASS. Students that apply on the UMASS website must have FAFSA and be enrolled full time. The $1000 award is not much compared to the others, but some is better than none. See the financial aid website for more information on how the selection process works.
7. David W. Briggs Scholarship
The David W. Briggs Scholarship is focused toward returning students who make an impact on their hometown through dedicated service. Students must be at least a sophomore and hold a 3.5 GPA. This is a one-time payment where the amount changes every year. Although the amount is undisclosed at the moment, students that are registered with FAFSA and have demonstrated outstanding service in their community. There is no due date as there is only a general application that needs to be completed.
8. James P. Pappas Presidential Scholarship
If you are majoring in political science, you are probably eligible for the James P. Pappas Presidential Scholarship. This is a one-time payment of $1000 and is for a student who both needs the money and deserves it. The applications are through the Presidential and Alumni Scholarships and are due in the summer before the fall semester starts. This is a great opportunity to take advantage of a nice chunk of money.
9. Dr. Elaine Marieb Phoenix Scholarship
The Dr. Elaine Marieb Phoenix Scholarship is a $5000 opportunity that can be spread out over your years on campus. Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA and must prove a break in enrollment because of personal or financial reasons. This ensures that people who receive the money really need it. The deadline is March 31 and students can apply on the UMASS academic works website.
10. Betty and Bill Bonsey Scholarship
If you are a returning student who needs some financial help should apply for the Betty and Bill Bonsey Scholarship. Although you do apply online, the selection process is almost solely based on the FAFSA information. The amount of the scholarship is not set in stone, it will be no less than $500 and not more than $1000. Applications can be submitted online and are due March 31.
Although the amounts of these scholarships vary, anything helps when trying to pay for college. Whether you are a returning student or new to campus, there are plenty of opportunities for you to save some money. Be sure to visit the Financial Aid website for more opportunities!