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 ABSN Fuld Scholarship - Deadline: Friday, October 7th, 2022

This scholarship program is to assist Accelerated Nursing students who due to their degree start date may be otherwise ineligible for scholarship consideration.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a full time, undergraduate Accelerated Nursing Student
  • Must be in good academic standing

How to Apply:

Accelerated Nursing majors can the general application Here by the deadline to be considered for funding.

The Non-Resident Scholarship for Out-of-State and International Students- Deadline: Friday, October 14th, 2022

This scholarship opportunity is open to students who are not Massachusetts Residents, students who are being charged out-of state tuition. U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and International Students are eligible to apply. This is a one-time award for the 2022/2023. Decising are expected in late October and recipients can expect awards of up to $3,000.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Has a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA
  • Is a degree seeking undergraduate student enrolled for 6 or more credits
  • Has completed 24 credits or more at UMass Boston

How to Apply:

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

The Dr. Jebediah Gaffney Endowed Scholarship Fund - Deadline: Friday, October 14th, 2022

The purpose of the Fund will be to award an annual Dr. Jebediah Gaffney Scholarship to a full-time undergraduate student with 30 credits or more who is pursuing a degree in Psychology. The student should be a Massachusetts resident, with a 3.0 GPA or better, and have financial need. Preference will be given for students pursuing careers in addiction or substance abuse counseling.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be a full-time undergraduate Psychology major
  • Has a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA
  • Must be an In-State student
  • Has completed 30 credits or more at UMass Boston
  • Has a FAFSA on file for the current academic year

How to Apply:

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

The Rev. Dr. J. Theodore Klein Scholarship - Deadline: Friday, October 28th, 2022

The purpose of the Rev. Dr. J. Theodore Klein Scholarship is to aid students studying Philosophy and Ethical Philosophy. The Philosophy Department is honored to host this legacy, which memorializes Professor Klein’s scholarship on the ethics of care, service to his community, and dedication as an educator.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be a undergraduate student enrolled in one of the following majors: Ethical, Social, Political Philosopy (BA); Phil. & Public Policy (BA), Philosophy (BA)

How to Apply:

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

The Comprehensive Scholarship - Deadline: Thursday, November 1st, 2022

The Comprehensive Scholarship Application will put students in the running for many scholarships that the Merit Scholarship Office offers.
Any student awarded a scholarship from this process will have the funds posted towards their student account for the spring 2023 semester as a one-time award. Decisions are expected to be announced in mid-December with awards of up to $3,000.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be an In-State Student
  • Degree seeking undergraduate student (6 credits per semester minimum)
  • Have completed a minimum of 24 credits at UMass Boston
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher
  • Not graduating in the fall 2022 semester

How to Apply:

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

Dr. Kin-Chung Lam Scholarship Fund for Immigrant Success - Deadline: Thursday, November 1st, 2022

The Dr. Kin-Chung Lam Scholarship Fund for Immigrant Success will provide two scholarship awards of $2,500 per student, per year, to full- or part-time undergraduate students in good standing, regardless of their residency status. Recipients will be pursuing a degree after a prolonged pause in their educational pursuits, and preference will be given to students parenting minor children.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be an undergraduate degree-seeking student enrolled for at least 6 credits
  • Have completed a minimum of 24 credits at UMass Boston
  • Preference for students who are continuing their studies after a gap in education
  • Must have financial need indicated in their personal statement

How to Apply:

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

  1. Did you Immigrate to the U.S. as a minor or do you have at least one parent or guardian who is an immigrant?
  2. Did you have a gap in your education history prior to enrolling at UMass Boston? A gap can include time between high school and college, having to take time off to work or attend to family obligations.

Talita Guerrero You CAN Scholarship - Deadline: Thursday, November 1st, 2022

Scholarship support to full- or part-time undergraduate students in good standing, regardless of their residency status. Recipients will be pursuing a degree after a prolonged pause in their educational pursuits, and preference will be given to students parenting minor children.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be an undergraduate degree-seeking student enrolled for at least 6 credits
  • Have completed a minimum of 24 credits at UMass Boston
  • Preference for students who are continuing their studies after a gap in education
  • Must have financial need indicated in their personal statement

How to Apply:

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

  1. Did you have a gap in your education history prior to enrolling at UMass Boston? A gap can include time between high school and college, having to take time off to work or attend to family obligations.

The Peter and Jackie Berlandi Scholarship Fund - Deadline: Thursday, November 1st, 2022

This endowment establishes a scholarship for any undergraduate student, of any major and academic year, attending the University of Massachusetts Boston in any given major and/or academic year.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a graduate of a public or private high school in and a current resident of an urban community within the Metropolitan Boston area.
  • Have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher.
  • Must have completed a minimum os 12 credits at UMass Boston
  • Students with federally determined financial need may be given preferred consideration.
  • Preference may be considered for students in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

How to Apply:

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

The Robert and Jean O'Hara Sheridan Scholarship Fund- Deadline: Thursday, November 1st, 2022

The Sheridan Scholarship was established to assist undergraduate students who meet the eligibility criteria below:

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a full-time, in-state, undergraduate student
  • Must have a FAFSA on file for the current academic year
  • Must have completed a minimum os 12 credits at UMass Boston
  • Be a resident of the City of Boston, or Everett, Massachusetts.
  • Preference will be given to a student(s) who participate in co-curricular activities.

How to Apply:

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

The Edward Shapiro Scholarship - Deadline: Friday, November 11th, 2022

This scholarship is intended to award a Chemistry major each academic year.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a undergraduate Chemistry major
  • Must be in good academic standing

How to Apply:

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

The Dr. Berkeley W. Cue Endowed Scholarship Fund in Chemistry - Deadline: Friday, November 11th, 2022

To make an annual scholarship award to one or more Chemistry or Biochemistry majors who have completed their sophomore year at UMass Boston.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be an undergraduate Chemistry or Biochemistry major
  • Must have completed 48 credits at UMass Boston
  • Must be in good acadmic standing

How to Apply:

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

The Ethel and Herman Rosansky Scholarship Fund - Deadline: Friday, November 11th, 2022

To provide a scholarship to a student who is need of funds to complete his/her degree in undergraduate degree in Chemistry.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a undergraduate Chemistry major
  • Must be in good academic standing

How to Apply:

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

The Entrepreneurship and Diversity Scholarship - Deadline Thursday, November 17th, 2022

Founded by Dan Phillips, the Entrepreneurship & Diversity Scholarship is meant to encourage students from diverse backgrounds who are passionate about pursuing careers in the startup and growth technology ecosystem of Massachusetts. The program is open to sophomores and beyond from any major who have a desire to work in the technology sector, and potentially start their own company someday. In addition to a scholarship, the program includes a mentorship opportunity with Dan Phillips or another appropriate mentor in the technology sector.
 *To be considered for the award students must be interested in the scholarship and mentorship opportunity as listed above and meet the following criteria:*

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Passionate about pursuing an entrepreneurial startup/growth technology career
  • Currently working, utilizing loans, and scholarships to pay for tuition
  • Have an unmet financial need
  • Acceptance to the Hack.Diversity program is preferred
  • First generation in family to attend college is preferred
  • Must be available for an interview by the Scholarship Committee

How to Apply:

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

  1. Are you interested in pursuing a career in the startup/technology growth industry?
  2. If yes, why?
  3. Have you applied or are you accepted into the Hack.Diversity program?
  4. Are you interested in having a mentor to help guide you through your education/internship/career journey?
  5. If yes, why?
  6. How are you funding your tuition?
  7. Please upload your current resume

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 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.