Scholarships for Continuing Students

Please check this page often as opportunities are posted throughout the academic year.

Scholarships for continuing students range from $250 to as much as $5,000. Students may qualify for more than one.

All continuing student scholarship opportunities are competitive and only a limited number of students are chosen for each opportunity.

If you have any questions about continuing student scholarships please contact us at: merit.scholarships@umb.edu.

 

Submitting a Merit Scholarship Application

We use an online system for our merit scholarship applications. Completing a general application will put you in the running for multiple scholarship opportunities. However some opportunities may require additional steps beyond the general application. For most of our awards students need to have completed 24 credits at UMass Boston. Additionally, in-state students would typically need to have a 3.3 or higher cumulative GPA to be eligible for consideration, while out-of-state students would typically need a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA. To be considered for the most opportunities we encourage qualified students to complete an application at the beginning of the fall semester. All applications require an unofficial transcript, degree audits cannot be used in place of an unofficial transcript. Your can find directions to download your unofficial transcript from WISER HERE.

You may complete a general scholarship application and view a list of all of our scholarship opportunities HERE.

To begin the application, you will need to use the “Sign In” tab and enter your WISER credentials.

(Deadlines and available awards are subject to change)

We encourage you to check back often, as more opportunities arise throughout the academic year. These opportunities will be listed under the Featured Scholarships Section.

 

Featured Scholarships

The GRAD Last Mile Scholarship

The purpose of the GRAD Last Mile Fund is to aid students who have non-academic costs that are preventing them from completing their degree, and to help pay university costs, if no other university-based fund is available. The maximum award for the GRAD Last Mile Scholarship is $2,500.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must have been a resident of the City of Boston for a minimum of two years. Students who live outside of the City of Boston are not eligible for the GRAD Last Mile Scholarship
  • Students must be on-track to graduate in the 18/19 academic year
  • Students must have demonstrated financial need

How to Apply:

Visit www.umb.edu/lastmile to apply for this award.

Deadline:

This award has a rolling deadline until the funds have been spent for this year.

 

 

The Immigrant Achievers Scholarship

 

Tam Tran and Cinthya Felix were nationally recognized immigrant graduate student leaders from Brown and Columbia Universities. They worked tirelessly on behalf of the DREAM Act movement, but their lives were tragically cut short in a car accident in 2011. This scholarship has been created with that in mind, and students who are immigrants or the children of immigrants are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to those who demonstrate a future commitment to community engagement and are in need of financial assistance but are not eligible for federal financial aid.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Immigrated to the U.S. as a minor or has at least one parent or guardian who is an immigrant
  • Eligibility for federal financial aid is not required
  • Has a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of application
  • Is currently enrolled as a full or part-time student at UMass Boston
  • Applicants are not required to have U.S. Citizenship

How to apply:

If you meet the eligibility criteria above you can apply for this opportunity by submitting a general application and completing the additional opportunity specific question HERE.

Deadline:

To be considered for this opportunity please submit your application by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, January 7th. Late applications will not be considered.

 

The Entrepreneur Scholarship

This scholarship is meant to encourage students who are passionate about building their career in the startup ecosystem of Massachusetts. The program is open to juniors and beyond from any major who have a desire to work for a venture capital backed startup, and potentially start their own company someday. In addition to a scholarship, the program includes a mentorship opportunity with Dan Phillps. Additionally, If mutually agreeable, Dan will assist the student with finding a suitable internship through his many industry connections.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be Passionate about an entrepreneurial career
  • Have a cumulative GPA of a 2.75 or above
  • Be a Junior or Senior in an undergraduate degree program
  • Be currently working and utilizing loans or other financial aid towards their cost of attendance
  • There is a preference for students who are the first in their family to attend college

How to apply:

If you meet the eligibility criteria above you can apply for this opportunity by submitting a general application and completing the additional opportunity specific question HERE.

Deadline:

To be considered for this opportunity please submit your application by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 15th. Late applications will not be considered.

 

We also encourage you to explore Outside Scholarships and Fellowships Opportunities.

Please check back often for more scholarship opportunities as new opportunities become available throughout the academic year.