Scholarships for Continuing Students

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Each year UMass Boston offers hundreds of scholarships to continuing students. Submit a Merit Scholarship Application Today!

While any current UMass Boston student is welcome to submit a scholarship application, competitive applications will typically require applicants:

  • Have a minimum of 24 credits completed at UMass Boston
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.0
  • Be enrolled in a degree granting program

Once you have completed your scholarship application you will be able to view scholarship opportunities that may require additional steps for consideration. Browse these opportunities by clicking recommended opportunities on your AcademicWorks home page and following the Apply Now buttons. Please note priority may be given to students who do not already have significant scholarship aid. 

Check back often as we update the scholarship opportunities available each semester.

Scholarship awards may range from $500 to as much as $4,000.

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

The GRAD Last Mile Scholarship - Deadline: Rolling deadline until funds have been exhausted

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 be an in-state undergraduate student
  • Must be graduating in the fall 2022, spring 2023 or summer 23 semester
  • Must have exhausted all available financial aid, including subsidized/unsubsidized loans
  • Must have a financial road-block that is preventing you from completing your degree (this can include but is not limited to child care, transportation or past due balances)

How to Apply:

Visit www.umb.edu/lastmile to apply for this award. This is the only scholarship application not in our AcademicWorks Scholarship System.

Deadline:

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

The Susan Cunningham Campbell Scholarship - Deadline: Friday, December 9th, 2022

The Susan Cunningham Campbell Endowed Scholarship is a bequest to both the Boston and Amherst campuses of the University of Massachusetts. The endowment was set up in 2003 by the estate of Susan Cunningham Campbell, who had expressed wishes prior to her death to support music at the University of Massachusetts in perpetuity.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a undergraduate Music or Music Education Major
  • Must have a cumulative GPA od a 3.0 or higher

How to Apply:

Complete the opportunity specific application Here and answer the Supplemental Questions as listed below:

  1. Are you a declared freshman music major (0-29 credits), non-freshman music major (30+ credits), or music education major?
  2. What is your major instrument?
  3. Please provide a brief essay (up to 400 words) addressing one of the following: 1. What does it mean to be a music major at UMass Boston? 2. Why is music education important to society? 3. What is “musical excellence?
  4. Please provide a letter of recommendation from a current UMB music faculty.
  5. Please provide an Audition (.mp4) [Departmental juries may be used for this purpose]

The West End Scholarship - Deadline: Friday, December 9th, 2022

To provide annual scholarship support for students enrolled in traditionally College of Public and Community Service majors. Recipients must be enrolled full-time in the award semester. There is a preference for students who have not been enrolled in higher education for 2 years prior to enrollment at UMass Boston. Recipients may not have qualified for a Pell Grant. Additional preference will be given to students who are parenting.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a undergraduate Human Services Major
  • Must have a FAFSA on file for the current academic year
  • Preference for students who are parenting or have are returning to school after a gap in education

How to Apply:

Complete the opportunity specific application Here and answer the Supplemental Questions as listed below:

  1. Have you been out of higher education programs for two or more years prior to your enrollment at UMass Boston?
  2. Are you responsible for parenting a child or children who lives with you?
  3. Please attach a statement or essay discussing and /or describing yourself and your reasons for attending pursuing your major and why you believe you should be considered as a recipient of the West End Scholarship

The Evonne Hill-Shepard Memorial Award - Deadline: Friday, December 9th, 2022

To provide support for students and student related activities and programs in the College of Public and Community Service, including, but not limited to scholarship awards, reimbursement for seminar or conference attendance, support for research and community-based projects.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a undergraduate Human Services Major
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of a 2.5 or higher

How to Apply:

Meet the eligibility criteria above and complete a general application Here by the deadline.

The David G. Terkla Memorial Scholarship - Deadline: Friday, February 24th, 2023

To provide scholarship support to students in their junior or senior year studying Economics and/or Environmental Sciences with financial need, regardless of their immigration status. It is the intention of the Donors that the scholarship will benefit students who face social and economic challenges that threaten their access to higher education, come from traditionally under-resourced communities, and/or are the first generation in their family to attend college

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a undergraduate Economics or Environmental Science major
  • Must be have completed 60 or more credits at UMass Boston
  • Must have expressed financial need

How to Apply:

Meet the eligibility criteria above and complete a general application Here by the deadline.

The Rusty Simonds Award Fund - Deadline: Friday, February 24th, 2023

This scholarship is named for Arthur P. (Rusty) Simonds, an expert in political theory and member of the Political Science Department at UMB for over thirty years.  Rusty was an inspiration and a beloved figure to many in the UMB community.  Named in his honor, this award is given to an outstanding UMB junior or senior who demonstrates an interest in political theory and who intends to pursue an advanced degree.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a full-time degree seeking student
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of a 3.5 or higher
  • Must have completed a minimum of 60 credits

How to Apply:

Complete the opportunity specific application Here and answer the Supplemental Questions as listed below:

  1. Please upload your current resume
  2. Please address why you are interested in political theory, or explain who your favorite political theorist is and why. (500-600 word essay)

The Elizabeth Bussiere Scholarship - Deadline: Friday, February 24th, 2023

This scholarship is named for Elizabeth Bussiere, a political science professor at UMASS Boston, for her dedication and commitment to UMB students.  It is awarded to political science majors on the basis of their outstanding academic performance and their interest in public policy, law, social justice and community service, broadly defined and related to U.S., comparative, or international politics.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a undergraduate Political Science major
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 or higher
  • Must have completed a minimum of 60 credits

How to Apply:

Complete the opportunity specific application Here and answer the Supplemental Questions as listed below:

  1. Please upload your current resume
  2. Please describe a political issue that you feel passionately about and the value you see in using a Political Science approach in order to understand it. (600-800 word essay)

The Jalal Alamgir Memorial Scholarship - Deadline: Friday, February 24th, 2023

The Political Science Department is pleased to announce the Jalal Alamgir Scholarship to be awarded to an outstanding junior-level student in Political Science, International Relations or any other major in the university, who has demonstrated serious interest in and/or intention to pursue further study in the areas of democracy, development, and social justice. Focus on areas of Global South is preferable but not a requirement. These issues were near and dear to the heart of UMass Boston Professor Jalal Alamgir, for whom this scholarship is named in memory.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a full-time undergraduate student
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of a 3.4 or higher
  • Must have completed between 48 and 100 credits

How to Apply:

Complete the opportunity specific application Here and answer the Supplemental Questions as listed below:

  1. Please explain your current or future interest in studying democracy, development and social justice. (600-800 word essay)
  2. Please upload your current resume

The David C. Knapp Political Science Scholarship - Deadline: Friday, February 24th, 2023

This scholarship is named for David C. Knapp, a former Political Scientist and President of the University of Massachusetts whom wished to promote the study of politics and public affairs. It is awarded to a student primarily on the basis of outstanding academic performance, but also considers additional factors such as public and community service, career goals, and personal background.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a full-time undergraduate student
  • Must have taken at least 3 UMB political science classes
  • Must have completed between 30 and 105 credits

How to Apply:

Complete the opportunity specific application Here and answer the Supplemental Questions as listed below:

  1. Have you taken at least 3 UMB political science classes?
  2. Please address any public or community service you have undertaken, or would like to undertake, as well as explain the value you see in in such service from a political science, as well as personal, point of view. (500-600 word essay)
  3. Please upload your current resume

The Roger Feinstein Memorial Scholarship for First Generation Students - Deadline: Friday, February 24th, 2023

Provided by a 1992 alumnus of the University of Massachusetts Boston, The Roger Feinstein Memorial Scholarship for First Generation Students is named for a beloved member of the Political Science faculty. It is intended to provide tuition and fees support for the Fall 2023 semester to students who are the first in their family to attend college. Himself a first-generation college graduate, this scholarship is made possible by a generous alumnus of UMass Boston’s Political Science Department. He continues to support first generation students who intend to contribute to society and their communities by working on important social issues.

This award is for the upcoming 2023/2024 academic year.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be an undergraduate student
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 or higher
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Must be the a member of the first generation of you immediate family to attend a college of university

How to Apply:

Complete the opportunity specific application Here and answer the Supplemental Questions as listed below:

  1. Please provide a short answer (500 words or less) describing some challenges you have overcome, your academic interests, and how your intended career path will improve US society in some way.

The Michael Dukakis Internship in Public Service Award - Deadline: Friday, February 24th, 2023

Endowed in 1995 by a generous gift from former Massachusetts Governor Michael S. Dukakis, the Michael S. Dukakis Internship in Public Service is an annual award made to up to three students who will represent the University of Massachusetts Boston as a "working ambassador" in a government agency which serves the public. The student will be given a monetary award to work for a semester in a state or municipal government office, Students must enroll in a credit-granting internship course at UMB as part of a regular class schedule. This is a prestigious award based on the overall merit of the application and is open to undergraduate and graduate students.

This award is for the upcoming 2023/2024 academic year.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a full-time undergraduate student
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 or higher
  • Must be on track to complete 3 UMB political science courses by the end of the spring 2023 semester
  • Must be on track to complete half of the required credits for your degree program by the end of the spring 2023 semester

How to Apply:

Complete the opportunity specific application Here and answer the Supplemental Questions as listed below:

  1. Will you have completed half of the credits required for your degree program by the end of this spring semester?
  2. Name the city and state of the high school from which you graduated.
  3. What was your date of admission to UMass Boston?
  4. Please provide a brief summary of your proposed internship highlighting your interest in public service and how this internship will foster your career goals. (Note: You do not have to have secured an internship to apply for the Dukakis Award, but you must have one for the upcoming fall semester)
  5. In representing UMass Boston, you will be an ambassador. How will your internship performance reflect well on the University?
  6. Have you completed 3 UMB political science courses by this spring semester?
  • We also encourage you to explore Fellowships Opportunities.
  • For students interested in the U.S. Coast Guard's College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative (CSPI) Scholarship please visit Outside Scholarships.
  • Please check back often for more scholarship opportunities as new opportunities become available throughout the academic year.