Scholarships for Freshmen

The information below reflects merit scholarships for incoming freshman of fall 2018 semester. Students are automatically considered for merit scholarship aid based on their admissions application. Merit scholarships are competitive and, thus, not guaranteed. Preference is given for students who apply by the early action admissions deadline of November 1. 

Merit Scholarships for Freshmen
  High School GPA SAT or ACT Scores Massachusetts Resident & New England Regional Range Out-of-State Student Range  
Chancellor's Scholarship 3.6 or better SAT: 1270 or higher 
ACT: 26 or better
$10,000 - 13,500 $15,000 - $25,000
  • Renewable for up to 4 years with a minimum sustained GPA of 3.2
Dean's Scholarship3.4 or better

SAT: 1170 or higher

ACT: 24 or better

$5,000 - $9,000$10,000 - $14,000
  • Renewable for up to 4 years with a minimum sustained GPA of 3.0
Beacons Merit Scholarship3.4 or betterN/A$3,000$4,000
  • Renewable for up to 4 years with a minimum sustained GPA of 3.0
Boston City Scholarship3.0N/A$1,000 
  • MA residents only (graduates of a Boston public high school)
  • Renewable for up to 4 years with a minimum sustained GPA of 3.0 
  • May be combined with other listed scholarships
  • “GPA” here is based on a cumulative recalculation of all college prep academic courses and considers weighting for honors, AP and IB courses on a 4.0 scale.
  • Scholarships are available to U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and eligible Non-Citizens only.
  • Full-time enrollment is a requirement for all scholarship awards.
  • The specific number and amounts of scholarships offered each year are based on available funding. Scholarship offers and award amounts will be determined by a holistic review of the application for admission including a thorough evaluation of the rigor of coursework, high school GPA, standardized test scores, letters of recommendation, and a demonstrated commitment to leadership, community service, and/or employment.
  • For merit scholarship purposes New England Regional Students will only be eligible for in-state scholarship ranges.
  • Students who are conditionally accepted to UMass Boston are not eligible for scholarship aid with the exception of the Boston City Scholarship.

We also encourage you to explore Outside Scholarships.

Nomination Scholarship Programs

The William M. Bulger Award and Scholarship Program

  • Provides four years of tuition and most mandatory fees annually to one outstanding high school graduate from a public or private high school in the city of Boston.
  • Established in honor of William M. Bulger for many years of devoted service to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a state representative, senator, and senate president; and as the past president of the University of Massachusetts.
  • Recognizes and encourages an outstanding student who exemplifies President Bulger’s philosophy of perseverance in pursuit of educational and personal goals.

Nomination Procedure

  • Each headmaster and high school principal must submit the required documents to the Office for Merit-Based Scholarships
  • Only one graduating senior per school allowed
  • Contact your school guidance office for consideration
  • ​Not all nominees will be offered scholarships, only finalists


  •     one letter of recommendation from the nominating headmaster or principal
  •     a typed essay of 500-1,000 words addressing the topic: “The Value of a College Education” by the nominee
  •     Massachusetts residency

Donor Scholarship Opportunities for New Students

Students who apply for early action admission are automatically considered for these scholarships, no application is necessary.

Please note many students may meet the eligibility requirements for an award but due to the limited number of scholarships available may not be selected for a particular award.

The Mark Atkins Scholarship

Alumnus Mark Atkins created this scholarship for newly entering freshman students who are longtime residents of the city of Boston.


Open to applicants who: 

  • have lived in Boston for ten or more years; Massachusetts residency,
  • have demonstrable financial need,
  • have strong academic potential, and
  • have an entrepreneurial spirit.

The Samuel Brehm Scholarship

Awards up to $5,000 each to several recipients who are graduates of the Boston or Chelsea public school system. The award can be renewable.

Dr. Harold and Mrs. Ella Brehm established this scholarship program in 1987 in honor of Dr. Brehm’s father to encourage its recipients to pursue a four-year college education.


  • must be a graduate of Boston or Chelsea public high schools 
  • have demonstrated strong academic potential,
  • are in need of financial assistance, and
  • are entering UMass Boston full-time as freshmen or transfer students
  • Massachusetts residency
  • a valid Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), with information released to UMass Boston

The Stephen J. Sweeney Scholarship Program

Provides up to $2,700 for up to three students who have shown the potential for academic success. 

Established to honor, preserve and extend the legacy of Stephen J. Sweeney, the former chairman and CEO of the Boston Edison Company. His outstanding achievements in business reinforced his commitment to give generously of himself to the community. 


  • open to applicants who have participated in school activities or community service
  • graduates of a Boston public high school (Admissions Guaranteed Program [AGP] preferred)
  • in need of financial assistance
  • entering as freshmen
  • a valid FAFSA with information released to UMass Boston
  • Massachusetts residency

The Bernard R. Sneed Scholarship Program

Provides a $500 award, based on academic achievement and financial need, to one entering freshman annually.

Established by the UMass Boston Alumni Association to honor Bernard R. Sneed, community activist and graduate of UMass Boston who, as director of UMass Boston’s Columbia Point Field Office, played an important role in establishing the neighborly relationship between the university and the nearby community.


  • open to applicants who are residents of the Harbor Point community or the surrounding neighborhood, and
  • members of an ethnic group historically underrepresented in higher education
  • a valid FAFSA, with information released to UMass Boston
  • proof of Massachusetts residency

The Michael A. Ventresca Scholarship Program

Provides the recipient(s) with awards ranging from $2,000 to $4,000 annually. Awards may be renewable.*

Established to honor Michael Ventresca’s spirit of public service and his belief in the promise of democracy.

Michael A. Ventresca, president of UMass Boston’s first graduating class in 1969, was a political idealist, activist, and lawyer who died tragically in 1985. 


  • open to applicants who graduated from a Massachusetts high school; Massachusetts resident
  • shows evidence of concern for others and an interest in public service through extracurricular activities or community service
  • demonstrates the potential for academic success and the prospect of continuing in public service upon graduation
  • a valid Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), with information released to UMass Boston

* Depending on funding levels and the number of students renewed, new scholarships may not be awarded every year.