A scholarship is money received for educational purposes that does not have to be repaid. Generally, scholarships are based on merit. Some scholarships also require that the student has financial need; therefore, need-based scholarships require a student to complete the financial aid application process. There are 3 types of scholarships that a student may receive.
Financial Aid Office Scholarships: The UWF Financial Aid Office awards a limited number of need/merit scholarships. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required. A minimum 3.00 GPA is required for award and retention, unless otherwise noted in an award letter. Some scholarships are renewable, however, the majority are one-time awards. Many have specific criteria for awarding. Please review the list of Foundation Scholarships awarded by the Financial Aid Office and complete the Scholarship Application to apply for these scholarships.
Office of Undergraduate Admissions Scholarships: Admitted students are automatically considered for scholarship awards using the material provided in the application for admision to evaluate academic merit. Some scholarships will also require the submission of the FAFSA to be eligible. The vast majority of scholarships are awarded to students entering during the fall semester; however, scholarships are available for spring term entrants on a limited basis. The scholarship values may vary by student based on the academic qualifications of those students who are selected. Some scholarships are renewable and others are one-time awards. To be considered for any award, freshmen students should be admitted prior to January 1. For those scholarships that consider financial need, please plan to have submitted a FAFSA by the Financial Aid Priority Deadline of March 15. Please visit the Paying for College site and click on Freshman and Transfer Scholarships for more information.
Financial Aid and Admissions Scholarships - Renewal Policy: Generally a 3.0 cumulative UWF GPA is required for renewal. If there is a higher minimum standard and/or credit hour requirement, it will be included in the award notification. Renewable UWF scholarships require continuous, full-time enrollment (excluding summer) at UWF. Students must remain in good academic standing. Once lost due to academics, a scholarship will not be reinstated if GPA improves.
Some academic departments award merit-based funds. These scholarships are awarded directly by the department. Contact the Dean's Office in your College for additional information and application procedures. Graduate students may also contact the Graduate School for information on scholarships.
University Foundation Departmental Scholarships can be accessed at www.uwf.edu/foundation/scholarships.cfm.
Athletic scholarships are awarded by the coach of each individual sport. Contact the Athletics Department for information on scholarship availability.
State of Florida scholarships can be found on the State's website. Each scholarship has specific eligibility requirements and application procedures.
We are notified of your Bright Futures eligibility when you complete the Florida Financial Aid Application, however you must list UWF as the institution you plan to attend . You may add or update this information on the State's website or by calling the State at 1-888-827-2004.
Florida Bright Futures - Merit-based scholarship for Florida residents who graduate from a Florida high school. Contact your high school guidance counselor to determine your eligibility.
Florida Academic Scholars - 2012-13: $100 per credit hour
Florida Medallion Scholars - 2012-13: $75 per credit hour
Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars - 2012-13: RENEWALS ONLY - $75 per credit hour
State legislation requires that a student complete the FAFSA; valid results must be on file with the school before Bright Futures can be disbursed. Students are also required to repay the Bright Futures award for any course withdrawal.
For additional information on Bright Futures, please review the State's Florida Bright Futures Brochure.
Private scholarships come from various sources. These may be awarded through your high school, local community, employer, or through diligent research on your part. There are several websites that allow you to search for scholarships that you may be eligible for. UWF does not encourage you to ever pay for this service because there are quality sites that are free of charge. Please remember that these searches do not guarantee results, but are simply a tool for you to use.
College Scholarships www.CollegeScholarships.com
Fast Web www.FastWeb.com
Military Scholar www.MilitaryScholar.org