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. 

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 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 Phillips. Dan has been an executive in five venture-capital-backed startups and is an advisor in the UMass Boston Venture Development Center. Dan will meet with the winner(s) on a regular basis to offer mentorship and assist the student in acquiring the skills necessary to launch their careers. 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 2.75 or higher
  • Be a Junior or Senior in an undergraduate degree program
  • Be currently working and utilizing loans or other financial aid towards your cost of attendance
  • There is a preference for students who are the first in their family to attend college

How to Apply:

To be considered for this opportunity you must complete a general application and the opportunity specific questions found HERE.

Deadline:

To be considered for this opportunity submit your application and the additional opportunity specific questions by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, September, 21st. Late applications will not be considered.

 

The Non-Resident Scholarship

This scholarship opportunity is open to students who are not Massachusetts Residents. Students who are being charged out-of-state tuition who are U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and International Students are eligible to apply. Multiple awards of up to $4,000 will be offered.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a full-time degree seeking undergraduate student

  • Must have completed a minimum of 24 credits at UMass Boston

  • Massachusetts residents are not eligible for this award

  • Must have a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA

How to Apply:

If you meet the criteria above, you only need to complete a general scholarship application to be considered for this opportunity. You can complete a general application HERE.

Deadline:

To be considered for this opportunity submit your application by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, September, 28th. Late applications will not be considered.

 

The Peter and Jackie Berlandi Scholarship

This endowment establishes a scholarship for an undergraduate student who meets the eligibility criteria below.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a full-time degree-seeking undergraduate student
  • Must be a graduate of a Boston public or private high school
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Must have a FAFSA on file with UMass Boston for the current academic year and federally determined financial need
  • Preference may be given for students in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences

How to Apply:

If you meet the eligibility criteria above you can apply for this opportunity by submitting a general application HERE.

Deadline:

To be considered for this opportunity please submit your application by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, October 18th. Late applications will not be considered.

 

The Robert and Jean O'Hara Sheridan Scholarship

This endowment establishes a scholarship for an undergraduate student who meets the eligibility criteria below.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a full-time degree-seeking undergraduate student
  • Must have a FAFSA on file with UMass Boston for the current academic year and federally determined financial need
  • Must be a resident of the City of Boston or Everett, Massachusetts
  • Preference may be given to students who participate in co-curricular activities

How to Apply:

If you meet the eligibility criteria above you can apply for this opportunity by submitting a general application HERE.

Deadline:

To be considered for this opportunity please submit your application by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, October 18th. Late applications will not be considered.

 

The Gina M. Cappello Scholarship

The Gina M. Cappello Scholarship Fund memorializes Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, Gina Cappello, and her constant advocacy for UMass Boston students. The scholarship is intended to support students with outstanding financial need, with preference given to those who face such challenges as homelessness, foster care transition, and food insecurity. Recipients must be a resident of Massachusetts, with preference for residents of Boston or Somerville. This award is worth $1,000 for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a full-time degree-seeking undergraduate student
  • Must currently live in or have been raised in Boston or Somerville, Massachusetts
  • Preference for students who are currently experiencing non-academic hardships such as homelessness, food insecurity, or domestic challenges

How to Apply:

To be considered for this opportunity you must complete a general application and the opportunity specific questions found HERE.

Deadline:

To be considered for this opportunity please submit your application and the opportunity specific questions by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, October 18th. Late applications will not be considered.

 

The Comprehensive Scholarship

The Comprehensive Scholarship is our largest scholarship opportunity for the academic year. We award multiple scholarship awards ranging from $500 to $5,000 through this application process. All awards are one-time for the current academic year and not renewable. The selection process is very competitive for this and all awards. Please make sure to review your essay before submitting your application.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a full-time degree-seeking undergraduate student
  • Must have completed a minimum of 24 credits at UMass Boston
  • Must have a 3.3 or higher cumulative GPA
  • Must be a Massachusetts resident paying in-state tuition

How to Apply:

If you meet the eligibility criteria above you can apply for this opportunity by submitting a general application HERE.

Deadline:

To be considered for this opportunity please submit your application by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 2nd. Late applications will not be considered.

 

We also encourage you to explore Outside Scholarships.

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