Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of UVM alumni, parents, and friends, a number of scholarships are available to incoming first-time, first-year undergraduate students whose experiences and backgrounds promise to enrich the larger university community. While many of these scholarships are based on a combination of need and merit, several scholarships are offered exclusively on the basis of academic achievements and potential for success at UVM. For more information, visit the Scholarship Information website. Samples of scholarships available to new students include:

Dean’s Merit Scholarship

Students who apply as external transfer students will be automatically considered for the Dean’s Merit Scholarship. Recipients typically have earned at least a 3.10 cumulative grade-point average in all prior college work. For students who earned less than twenty-one college credits, both the college and high school records are reviewed to determine eligibility. Dean’s Merit Scholars receive a merit scholarship for four years (eight semesters) or until graduation (whichever comes first) providing that they maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade-point average, full-time enrollment, and continue to make satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of their degree requirements. Award amounts are $3,000/year for Vermont residents, and $6,000 - $7,000/year for out-of-state residents.

Green and Gold Scholars Program 

Recognizes the highest-achieving Vermont resident at each eligible high school with 4-year, full tuition scholarships, currently valued at over $62,000. At the end of the academic year, the principal of each eligible school submits a nominee who has completed the 11th grade. Selection criteria will be determined by each eligible high school, and should not be limited to standardized testing. If approved, Green and Gold nominees are awarded a four-year full tuition scholarship upon admission to the university. The scholarship is renewable annually provided that the recipient maintains a minimum cumulative grade point average of a 3.0 along with full-time enrollment.

International Scholarships

Several scholarships are available for qualified international students who are admitted to the University of Vermont, including US Pathway Program (USPP) and UVM Global Gateway (GGP) students. Applicants for admission are automatically considered for these scholarships based on their application materials. Eligibility for the scholarships is based on academic merit. More information about available international scholarships is available on the Merit Scholarships for International Undergraduate Students web page.

Justin Morrill Scholarship

This scholarship is designated for Vermont residents of strong academic quality who typically rank within the top 25% of their graduating class and have a 1160 or higher SAT EBRW/M or 24 or higher ACT composite. Recipients are selected based upon review of the admission application and are awarded a merit-based scholarship of $2,000 annually for four years (eight semesters) or until graduation (whichever comes first). A minimum cumulative 3.0 grade-point average and enrollment in twelve or more credits per semester is required for renewal.

Patrick Scholarship

The scholarship is designated for Vermont residents of high academic quality who typically rank within the top 25% of their graduating class and have a 1260 or higher SAT EBRW/M or 26 or higher ACT composite.  Recipients are selected based upon review of the admission application and are awarded a merit-based scholarship which ranges from $4,000-$5,000 annually for four years (eight semesters) or until graduation (whichever comes first). A minimum cumulative 3.0 grade-point average and enrollment in twelve or more credits per semester is required for renewal.

Presidential Scholarship

Out-of-state students who demonstrate the highest academic performance are eligible for consideration for the UVM Presidential Scholarship. Recipients are selected based on the application for admission.  Presidential Scholars receive a merit scholarship for four years (eight semesters) or until graduation (whichever comes first), providing they maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade-point average and enrollment in twelve or more credits per semester. Scholarship values range from $15,000-$18,000 annually.

Trustees Scholarship

Out-of-state students who demonstrate outstanding academic performance are eligible for consideration for the UVM Trustees Scholarship. Recipients are selected based on the application for admission.  Trustee Scholars receive a merit scholarship for four years (eight semesters) or until graduation (whichever comes first), providing they maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade-point average and enrollment in twelve or more credits per semester. Scholarship values range from $8,000-$13,000 annually.

UVM Community Service Scholarship

Vermont and out-of-state residents who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to community and public service may apply for the UVM Community Service Scholarship. Community Service Scholars are awarded $2,500 annually. Recipients must maintain at least a 2.50 cumulative grade-point average, enroll in 12 or more credits per semester, perform 80 hours of community service annually while at the university, and enroll in two one-credit seminars across each of the first and second academic years. Students selected for this scholarship will live in the Dewey Collective for Community Engagement, a residential living and learning community, during their first year. Community Service Scholars will be selected by the UVM Community Service Scholarship Program committee.

Vermont Scholars

This scholarship is designated for Vermont residents of the highest academic quality who typically  rank in the top 15% percent of their graduating class and have a 1260 or higher SAT EBRW/M or 26 or higher ACT composite. Recipients are selected based upon review of the admission application and are awarded a merit-based scholarship which ranges from $6,000-$7,000 annually for four years (eight semesters) or until graduation (whichever comes first). A minimum cumulative 3.0 grade-point average and enrollment in twelve or more credits per semester is required for renewal.

How to Apply for UVM Scholarships

There is no separate application process for most UVM-based scholarships. First-year and transfer applicants are considered for most UVM scholarships simply by submitting the UVM admissions application. The wealth of information provided in the admissions application is used in matching students with available scholarships. Additionally, students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be considered for need-based scholarships. For more information, including details on scholarships that do require separate applications, visit the Scholarship Information website.

Other Scholarship Resources

  • VSAC (the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation) offers a guide to scholarships for Vermont students. Contact VSAC toll-free at (800) 798-8722 or visit the VSAC website.
  • The Army ROTC Program offers an opportunity for students to earn a degree of their choice and possibly qualify for an officer’s commission. For ROTC Scholarship information, visit the GoArmy website.
  • The Air Force ROTC, through a dual enrollment agreement between UVM and Norwich University, offers an opportunity for students to earn a degree of their choice and possibly qualify for an officer’s commission. For Air Force ROTC Scholarship information, visit the U.S. Air Force ROTC website.
  • Veterans are encouraged to consult the UVM registrar’s office and to visit the Information for Veterans website regarding G.I. Bill benefits for education, including the Yellow Ribbon Program.
  • Many organizations within home communities offer a wide range of scholarships to needy and deserving students. Check with schools and communities for these opportunities, along with our Scholarship Resources Outside of UVM web page.