Scholarships are awards based on academic achievement, but financial need may also be considered.
Scholarships do not have to be repaid, and do not require recipients to perform services to receive them. They are considered gift aid. Scholarships are awarded by various sources such as the university, the state, and individual colleges and departments, and private companies and individuals.
For additional information on academic scholarships administered by other UF offices, go to http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/academic-scholarships/Other UF Academic Scholarships.
For information on scholarships available through individual university departments and colleges, check with your department or college for information. SFA maintains a comprehensive listing of UF college-awarded aid, as well as scholarship from non-UF organizations on our http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/searchScholarship Search Engine.
For information on State of Florida scholarships, go to http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org State of Florida Aid.
If you are a donor or individual responsible for sending a scholarship check from a non-UF organization or agency to the university for a scholarship recipient, please review the http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/pdf/DonorGuidelines.pdfDonor Scholarship Guidelines for instructions and mailing address.
Florida Bright Futures Scholarship
The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program, funded by the State of Florida Departmentof Education, provides scholarships based on high school academic achievement. https://www.sfa.ufl.edu/types-of-aid/bright-futures/More information on Bright Futures Scholarships
The UF Admissions Office also awards merit scholarships. The scholarship review process is holistic and there is no automatic awarding of UF scholarships based on test scores or GPA. Thereis not a separate application for the Admission Scholarships, as all admitted students who apply by the November 1 freshman admission priority deadline are considered. The recipients are selected by a committee each spring and will be notified via email by mid-March. https://admissions.ufl.edu/cost-and-aid/scholarshipsMore information on Admission Scholarships
SFA Awarded Scholarships
SFA awards and/or administers scholarships, non-endowedand endowed. Students are automatically considered if they:
- Apply for financial aid via the FAFSA.
- Have financial need as indicated by the FAFSA
- Have a 3.0 GPA
- Meet the donor-specified criteria
Machen Florida Opportunity Scholarships
Machen Florida Opportunity Scholarships (MFOS) are designed to ensure that those who meet eligibility requirements will not have to work or borrow to attend UF, but rather will have their need fully met with grants and scholarships. Awards are offered to Florida resident first-time-in-college freshmen students and undergraduate renewal students from historically economically disadvantaged backgrounds whose parents have not earned a bachelor’s degree. This program, an initiative of the University of Florida, was supported by the Florida legislature in early June 2006 when it created the First Generation Matching Grant Program.
To be eligible,students must meet the following criteria:
- Be a Florida resident
- Graduate from a Florida high school
- Be admitted as a first-time-in-college freshman to an undergraduate program
- UF must receive your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to Fall term enrollment*
- Have financial need as determined from information provided on the FAFSA
- Neither parent may have earned a bachelor’s degree
- Beginning in the 2022-2023 academic year, for a student to be eligible, parents’, stepparents’, or legal guardians’ combined total income be below $55,000; parents’,stepparents’, or legal guardians’ assets must be below $35,000.**
- Be enrolled for at least twelve credit hours/semester
- Not have defaulted on or owe a refund to any previous aid program
*Although you must be accepted for enrollment at UF before you are considered forfinancial aid, you shouldapplyfor aid before being admitted.Complete the FAFSA athttps://studentaid.gov/fafsastudentaid.gov. You can file a 2022-23 FAFSA as early as October 1, 2021. In order for us to consider you for a financial aid package, you must be a degree seeking student, admitted student.
** These are basic income requirements. Student Financial Aid and Scholarships may choose to complete a more in depth look at family financial circumstances, including home value, business income and losses, other assets, non-custodial parent’s financial situation, etc. to make a final eligibility determination.
Students who are selected for this scholarship must agree to participate in support programs to assist them in a successful transition to UF.
Machen Florida Opportunity Scholarship Renewal Requirements:
- Earned 24 academic credits in previous year
- Maintain 2.0 GPA
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress
- FAFSA received
- Family Income not to exceed:
- 2nd Year: $60,500
- 3rd Year: $66,000
- 4th Year: $71,500
- Attend twoFinancial Literacy Workshops (1styear students only)
- Participate in Peer Mentor Activities (1st year students only)
- Satisfactory Completion of SLS 1102 (1st year students only)
- Attend twoCareer Workshops (2ndyear students only)
- Complete one Life Planning Workshop (3rd year students only)
- Jessie Ball duPont/Alfred I. duPont Scholarship
Established by Mrs. Jessie Ball duPont in memory of her husband. A
guideline excerpt states: “These scholarships are to be given,
not loaned, but the recipients are requested, after their graduation,
when they have earning capacity, to pass a like amount, as they have
received, on to some deserving boy or girl who needs assistance in
acquiring an education. In this way, it will be a permanent chain
for the benefit of our youth.”
- Follett Bookstore Scholarship
The Follett Bookstore provides scholarships in the form of credit
at their main campus bookstores. The credit equals the standard cost
for undergraduate books and supplies (computer hardware not included).
- Gene Wright Scholarship Fund
Support Martin County high school students entering as freshman who meet
both the Gene Wright Scholarship eligibility requirements during their
senior year in high school and the University of Florida admissions criteria.
- Kenneth D. Watson Memorial Scholarship
Support need-based scholarships with preference to graduates of Gainesville
High School. If no eligible recipient from Gainesville High, may be awarded
to eligible graduates of a high school in Alachua County.
- Robert D. and Flora E. Fuhrman Scholarship
This memorial scholarship was established in 1982 from the estate
of Robert D. and Flora E. Fuhrman to help needy students.
- http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/metta-heathcote-fund/Metta Heathcote Scholarship
Established by a trust fund created by Mrs. Metta Heathcote, long-time resident
of St. Petersburg, this scholarship is available to Pinellas
County residents who have graduated from a Pinellas County high school.
Awards are based on financial need with preference given to St. Petersburg residents.
- Ryan McKee Scholarship
Established in 2010, this is a need-based scholarship with preference
to veterans, criminology majors, students in Reserve Officer Training
Corps (ROTC), or graduates of Piper High School. Students must have
a minimum GPA of 3.0.
- Ryan McKee SFA Scholarship
This need-based scholarship is for students employed in the verification
section of the UF Office for Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.
- UF General Scholarship
This scholarship was established from donations to the University’s general scholarship fund.
Endowed Scholarships & Fellowships
For descriptions of the following SFA-Awarded, endowed scholarships and fellowships, see the https://www.uff.ufl.edu/giving-opportunities/ UF Foundation Web site.
- 1990 Student Memorial Scholarship Fund
- Benito Agrelo/Christina Holt Memorial Scholarship Fund
- Erma R. Ayres Scholarship Fund
- Bank of America Scholarship Fund
- Frederick W. and Grace P. Brecht Scholarship Fund*
- Mary Ellen Burnett Endowed Scholarship
- Wen-Hsiang Chai Scholarship
- James Wilmer Crews, III, Tuition Scholarship Fund
- Joseph and Lillian A. Damon Scholarship
- Joseph and Lillian A. Damon Scholarship II
- Sara Lavinia de Keni Scholarship
- Conrad G. Demro, Jr., & Patricia Demro Scholarship
- Alfred I. duPont Scholarship Fund
- Philip I. Eschbach Scholarship Fund
- Gainesville Charitable Foundation, Inc., Masonic Scholarship
- Victor Garnett Campbell Eubank Scholarship
- Margaret C. Fairlie Scholarship Fund
- Floyd Gehan Scholarship
- Paul G. and Harriette C. Franklin Merit Scholarship
- George R. Greene Scholarship Fund
- Nadia Venable Hall Scholarship
- Earl W. Halsey Scholarship Fund
- Coite and Mildred Hill Scholarship Fund
- Hobe and Gertrude Hooser Scholarship
- Hundred Club of Broward County Inc. Scholarship Fund*
- Fin Jorgensen Memorial Scholarship Fund
- Latin Builders Association Scholarship for Ethical Development
- John V. Lombardi Scholarship
- Manatee County Scholarship Fund
- William C. Mason III Memorial Scholarship Fund
- Wilton E. Miller Family Excellence Scholarship
- Lillian P. Mosbacher Scholarship Fund
- Ruth Selby Noble Memorial Scholarship/Fellowship Fund
- David E. and Margaret O’Connor Scholarship
- Winifred Todd Parker Scholarship Fund
- Ruth L. Pugsley Memorial Fund Scholarship
- Reichert House Scholarship Fund
- Stamps Scholarship – A community for exceptional student leaders.
- Steve Rhoden Memorial Scholarship
- John G. Ruge Scholarship
- Jose M. Sanchez Scholarship
- Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club Jimmy Traucht Scholarship
- Dolly and Robert L. Secrist, Sr., Scholarship Fund
- Jim Steiner Endowed Scholarships Fund
- Mr. and Mrs. Warren Trottman Scholarship Fund
- Effie Jackson Vining Scholarship Fund
- Honorable Clyde B. Wells Memorial Scholarship
- Edwin Willinger Trust Scholarship Fund
- Yazdi Scholarship/Fellowship
The Benacquisto Scholarship Program is a merit scholarship for in-state high school graduates who receive recognition as a National Merit® Scholar. Eligible scholars will receive an award equal to the standard institutional cost of attendance for an in-state student minus the sum of Bright Futures and the National Merit® award.
A student who is a Florida resident seeking initial eligibility must:
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
- Earn a standard Florida high school diploma or its equivalency
- Be a National Merit® Scholar
- Enroll full-time in a baccalaureate degree program at a qualifying Florida postsecondary institution
- Initially enroll at the eligiblepostsecondary institution the fall academic term following high school graduation
A National Merit® Finalist becomes a Scholar by receiving on of the following:
- National Merit® $2500 Scholarship,
- Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship®
- College-sponsored Merit Scholarship®
NOTE: “Special” Corporate Scholarships and “Presidential” awards do not qualify a student for the Benacquisto Scholarship. The Benacquisto award is not available to fund summer coursework.
Additional information on theBenacquisto Scholarship can be found on the State of Florida’s Office for Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) websitehttp://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/or by contacting the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships at (352) 392-2244.
Does asking for financial aid hurt your chances of admissions? ›
In most cases, submitting an application for financial aid will have absolutely no impact on your admission chances as the majority of colleges operate within a 'need-blind' agenda. This essentially means that financial need does not play any role in the admissions decisions for low-income applicants.How can I increase my chances of getting a scholarship? ›
- Raise Your GPA for More Scholarships. Many scholarships have requirements surrounding GPA levels. ...
- Raise Your ACT / SAT Score. ...
- Raise Your Class Rank. ...
- File the FAFSA. ...
- Participate in Community Service. ...
- Brush Up on Your Essay Skills.
Odds of Winning a Scholarship
Only about 1 in 8 college students wins a scholarship, and the average amount used to pay for college is about $4,200 a year. Very few students win $25,000 or more in scholarships each year (only about 0.1%). Among the students who win scholarships, 97% win $2,500 or less.
Typically, a school will provide a student with a warning if they slip within the bounds of unsatisfactory academic progress. The student will be placed under a sort of academic probation. If the student is unable to bring their grades up, the school will withdraw financial aid.What can stop me from getting financial aid? ›
- Not Filing the FAFSA. In order to receive federal aid, you must demonstrate financial need. ...
- Certain Criminal Convictions. ...
- Not a US Citizen / Permanent Resident. ...
- No Diploma or GED. ...
- Not Registered With the Selective Service (if You're a Male Student)
Having no credit or bad credit is common for students who are entering college, but it can lead you to be denied for private student loans. Aside from credit, private lenders can also deny you student loans for other reasons. For example, you may be denied based on: Income.What is the easiest scholarship to get? ›
- $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship.
- $2,000 Nitro College Scholarship – No Essay.
- $2,500 Christian Connector Scholarship.
- $5,000 Graduate School Scholarship.
- $2,000 College Repayment Grant.
- Annual Protestant Faith Based College Scholarship.
- Annual Catholic College Scholarship.
For those that want solid numbers, on average, many of the students I work with are applying for anywhere between 3-7+ scholarships, each, per week.Who is most likely to get a scholarship? ›
Learners with a 3.5 or higher GPA (17%) are the most likely to receive private scholarships, followed by those with a GPA of 3.0 to 3.4 (13.1%), 2.5 to 2.9 (10.4%), 2.0 to 2.4 (8.3%), and less than 2.0 (7%) (Kantrowitz, 2019).How are scholarship winners chosen? ›
Once the judges have reviewed the applications, they'll take remaining contenders and compare them against one another. Down in the nitty gritty, judges will compare GPAs, test scores, experiences, essays, in order to see which candidate is most suited for their scholarship award.
What is a good GPA for a scholarship? ›
Some scholarship committees only consider applicants whose GPA meets a certain threshold. Minimum requirements range from around 2.0 on the lower end to 3.75 or higher for competitive academic scholarships. Generally speaking, a 3.0 GPA or higher will give you a decent shot at qualifying for a variety of scholarships.How often do students win scholarships? ›
Over 1.7 million scholarships are awarded annually. However, only 7% of college students will receive a scholarship. The U.S. Department of Education awards an estimated $46 billion in scholarship money annually. The average scholarship is worth $7,400.Can a scholarship be rejected? ›
1) You may not be eligible for a scholarship
Failing to meet the academic standards for your scholarship Is a way to lose a chance in acquiring a scholarship. With this in mind, it is recommended that students achieve and maintain a 7 out of 10 academic GPA.
If you failed one class, but received strong marks in the rest of your courses, you should be fine. Each institution has its own satisfactory academic process, but for the most part, you should maintain a “C” average to continue receiving aid. If one “F” doesn't bring you below that average, your aid won't change.What happens to leftover scholarship money? ›
What happens to leftover scholarship money. If you earned scholarships and grants that amount to more than your total cost of attendance, your school may send you a refund of the leftover scholarship money. Keep in mind, you may have to pay taxes on that amount.Can colleges reject you because of financial aid? ›
Financial aid is allocated to the most competitive students first, so if a student is in need of financial aid, but is not amongst the most competitive applicants, it may lead to a rejection.Can you use financial aid for whatever you want? ›
Even though college financial aid may seem like free money, you can't spend it on anything you want. You can only spend your federal financial aid money on purchases that are necessary for you to continue your studies. These necessary purchases may be defined under your school's itemized cost of attendance.What are three ways you can lose your financial aid? ›
- Your grade point average is too low. ...
- You dropped below half-time enrollment. ...
- Your family is making more money. ...
- Your parents didn't file federal taxes. ...
- You forgot to file the FAFSA every year. ...
- Your aid was only available freshman year. ...
- You've defaulted on previous student loans. ...
- You were convicted of a drug-related offense.
You're not making satisfactory academic progress at your school. You've defaulted on an existing federal student loan. You owe a refund on any previous federal grants. You're enrolled in an academic program that makes you ineligible for funding.How much money will disqualify you from FAFSA? ›
What is the income limit for FAFSA 2022? In 2022, the income limit for an automatic zero expected family contribution is $27,000. But this is based on the previous tax year, which would be 2021. There is no income limit for submitting the FAFSA.
How do I pay for college if I am denied financial aid? ›
- Address your eligibility.
- Consider filing a financial aid suspension appeal.
- Apply for grants and scholarships.
- Take out private student loans.
- Work your way through college.
- Ask for help.
- Plan ahead. Don't procrastinate! ...
- Talk about your accomplishments. Be clear and to the point. ...
- State your need. What is your financial situation? ...
- Keep it simple. Don't use unnecessary words (i.e., don't use three words when one will do) ...
- Make it easy on your reader.
How hard is it to get a full ride scholarship? Less than 1 percent of students get full ride scholarships, showing just how difficult it is to earn one. However, with the right background, proper planning and by knowing where to look, your chances of landing a full ride scholarship can increase.Can you accept 2 scholarships? ›
beginning of content: There's no limit to the number of scholarships a student can apply for or receive.Can a student get 2 scholarship? ›
You can apply for multiple scholarships but will get only one in a year if you get selected.How much scholarship money can I get? ›
Most students can expect to receive $5,000 to $10,000 in scholarships, but that varies widely based on the cost of attendance at the college and how hard the student works on the application process.What is the most popular scholarship? ›
|Name of Scholarship||Maximum Award||Deadline Month|
|Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest||$5,000||December|
|Harry S. Truman Scholarships||$30,000||February|
|Luce Scholars Program||All Expenses||October|
|Marshall Scholarships||All Expenses||October|
Scholarship providers usually only start reviewing applications once the deadline passes. They then usually choose a winner within 3 months of the deadline. If you've won, they'll contact you by phone or email, and explain to you how you'll receive your scholarship prize money.What makes you the best scholarship applicant? ›
Bring up something that makes you stand out from other students, especially if it's related to the scholarship you're applying for! Whether it's winning awards or competitions, being president of an organization, graduating at the top of your class, or anything else that enhances your application.How long does it take to receive scholarship money? ›
When you receive the scholarship money depends on the scholarship you won. Sometimes you get the money in one chunk before school begins, and in other cases, the money is distributed in installments. Sometimes a scholarship may be paid out in the middle of a semester.
What GPA can get you into Harvard? ›
It is tough to get into Harvard. The university receives applications from more qualified applicants than they can accept, and most applicants have at least a 4.18GPA. Meeting GPA and SAT/ACT requirements (although these are now optional) will help you get through the first round of filters.What is the highest GPA you can get in high school? ›
The commonly used 0-4 scale (also known as an unweighted scale) caps the highest score at 4.0, but weighted scales like the 0-4.5 or 0-5 scale make higher GPAs possible. Typically, high schools that use weighted GPAs opt for the 0-5 scale that makes 5.0 the highest possible grade.What requirements are needed to get a scholarship? ›
- Certificates of your previous education (first degree, school leaving exams etc.)
- Letters of recommendation (work/academic)
- Language certificate (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS)
- Motivation letter.
- Curriculum Vitae (resume)
Too Many Scholarships Affect Financial Aid
You're required to report any sort of outside scholarships or financial aid to your college, so your institutional aid can be adjusted accordingly. Basically, the more outside scholarship money you get, the less money the school itself will give you.
They are often considered “use it or lose it” and must be used during that particular award year. Many times if the student has not enrolled in classes during those 12 months, it expires. In almost all cases, scholarships are put directly towards your college's tuition and expenses, rather than a check sent to you.What to avoid when applying for scholarships? ›
- Paying for scholarship assistance. ...
- Failure to meet the application deadline. ...
- Failure to follow directions. ...
- Failure to send in a complete application. ...
- Failure to write legibly. ...
- Failure to proofread their application.
Whether you're receiving scholarships, grants, or loans, a failed class could impact whether you qualify for your aid or need to repay your provider anything. The specifics of your academic and financial situation impact your best course of action, so contact your financial aid provider for personalized options.Do I have to pay back scholarship if I fail? ›
Usually, the answer is no. Scholarships are a form of nonrepayable gift aid, much like many federal grants. Student loans, unlike grants and scholarships, are borrowed money that must be paid back with interest. Scholarships are considered free money because there are no expectations for repayment.What happens if you fail 3 classes with financial aid? ›
Failing or taking an incomplete grade in courses can impact your financial aid in multiple ways. The 3 main impacts may be owing money back for the current term, losing federal aid eligibility for future terms, and not meeting the renewal criteria for scholarships and institutional aid. Q1.Is D passing in college? ›
At most schools, a D is the lowest passing grade. That means students who earn a D or higher receive credit for the course. However, some schools set special policies around D grades.
What happens if I fail all my college classes? ›
If you don't raise your grades, you'll likely face academic suspension. Often, you'll be forced to sit out a semester. At this point, you can't take classes, but you're still officially a student at the university. After you've completed academic suspension, you may be allowed to enroll in classes again.Can you buy a car with scholarship money? ›
Some scholarships may allow you to put the money towards transportation costs on campus. But, having a car is not one of them. You might feel tempted to use your scholarship money for personal expenses. But remember, when you win a scholarship, you are signing a contract with the scholarship provider.Can you turn scholarship money into cash? ›
Unfortunately, turning scholarship money into cash is not allowed. Despite being considered free money, scholarship funds are financial aid awarded for an intended purpose. That specific purpose is to pay educational expenses like college tuition, student fees, and other college costs.How many scholarships go unclaimed every year? ›
The National Scholarship Providers Association reports that as much as $100 in million in scholarships also go unclaimed each academic year.› Blog ›
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This means when the admissions officer is sitting down to judge your application, they can also see your financial aid application and glean some insight into your family's financial situation.
Financial aid is allocated to the most competitive students first, so if a student is in need of financial aid, but is not amongst the most competitive applicants, it may lead to a rejection.Does asking for financial aid hurt chances of admission Reddit? ›
So applying for financial aid will not change your chances of admission. Need-Aware, schools that are need-aware take your ability to pay into consideration when making decisions. This doesn't mean that you will not get in if you have financial need though.Is it easier to get into college if you don't need financial aid? ›
The answer is: it depends. When looking at a school's admission policies it's important to see if the school is “need-blind” in their admission decisions. If so, then your financial need or lack thereof will have no effect on your opportunities for admission.Do colleges look at parents income? ›
Student and parent income are big factors when colleges hand out financial aid. But only some income counts. Here's what you need to know about how your and your family's income can affect your financial aid eligibility.
How do I know if I got accepted for financial aid? ›
You can also check the status of your FAFSA form by contacting the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243). To check on the status of financial aid being disbursed (paid out) to you or your account, check with your school's financial aid office.How does a college determine how much you receive for financial aid? ›
The financial aid staff starts by deciding upon your cost of attendance (COA) at that school. They then consider your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). They subtract your EFC from your COA to determine the amount of your financial need and therefore how much need-based aid you can get.Why do colleges reject good students? ›
If they've already accepted people who fill out certain niches and you fill that same niche, you might get rejected because your app was read after someone else's. Other factors that can influence your admission include the state that you are from, the high school you attended, and/or your economic background.Does financial aid give you a warning? ›
Yes, during the Financial Aid Warning semester, you can be awarded federal financial aid for which you have applied and are otherwise eligible. You may be granted financial aid during your 'warning' status for only one semester. You are not allowed to receive consecutive “warning” semesters of federal aid.Should I accept all of my financial aid? ›
Accept Your Financial Aid
It's important to know that you're under no obligation to accept all the federal student loan money that's made available to you. You can accept all, some or none of the federal student loans you're offered.
Fortunately, students can usually turn down an ED offer if the financial aid is insufficient. “If the net cost of the college is completely unaffordable, you can ask the admissions committee to release you,” said Shirag Shemmassian, founder of Shemmassian Academic Consulting.Will my parents savings account affect my financial aid? ›
You may also be wondering if your parents' savings account will affect your financial aid, yes it may, as cash savings are also counted on FAFSA when calculating your EFC.How do colleges decide who gets off the waitlist? ›
So if you're ranked highly, you're more likely to be accepted off the waitlist. Nevertheless, most colleges don't rank waitlist applicants and instead make their admissions decisions based on other factors such as what majors they want to have represented and which applicants will be most likely to attend if admitted.How rich do you have to be to not qualify for financial aid? ›
What is the income limit for FAFSA 2022? In 2022, the income limit for an automatic zero expected family contribution is $27,000. But this is based on the previous tax year, which would be 2021. There is no income limit for submitting the FAFSA.What happens if you get FAFSA money and don't go to school? ›
Yes, aid will be canceled if a student does not enroll in classes within the term or year that aid is offered.
Do some people not qualify for financial aid? ›
If your family has a high income, you may not qualify for these need-based types of aid, such as grants or subsidized student loans. However, you can still qualify for federal unsubsidized student loans, and many colleges offer scholarships that are strictly merit-based.