Scholarships

First-year and transfer applicants are considered for most UVM merit scholarships simply by submitting the UVM application for admission. The wealth of information provided in the admissions application is used to determine eligibility for available scholarships. Additionally, students should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be considered for any need-based scholarships that may be available through the generosity of donors. A sampling of merit scholarships for which students are considered automatically based on the application for admission are listed below. For more information, including details on scholarships that require separate applications visit the UVM Scholarship page.

Dean’s Merit Scholarship

The Dean's Merit Scholarship is awarded to the most academically talented transfer students (from another institution) admitted to UVM. Recipients typically have completed 21 college credits earning at least a 3.1 cumulative grade-point average in all prior college work. For students who earned less than 21 college credits, both the college and high school records are reviewed to determine eligibility. Recipients are selected based on the application for admission. Dean’s Merit Scholars are awarded a 4-year (8 semester) merit scholarship of $5,000 annually for Vermont residents and $7,000 to $10,000 annually for out-of-state residents. Students must be enrolled in 12 or more credits per semester and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Renewal eligibility is evaluated at the end of each spring term.

Green and Gold Scholars Award

This full in-state tuition, 4-year merit scholarship (currently valued at over $67,000) is awarded to select seniors attending eligible Vermont high schools (including public high schools and select private high schools in Vermont, and a number of border high schools). The highest-achieving Vermont resident in each eligible high school at the end of the junior year may be considered. Selection criteria will be determined by each eligible high school. Students must be enrolled in 12 or more credits per semester and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Renewal eligibility is evaluated at the end of each spring term.

Justin Morrill Scholarship

This scholarship is designated for Vermont residents who demonstrate strong academic performance. Recipients are selected based on the application for admission. Morrill scholars are awarded a 4-year (8 semester) merit scholarship of $5,000 annually. Students must be enrolled in 12 or more credits per semester and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Renewal eligibility is evaluated at the end of each spring term.

Patrick Family Scholarship

The scholarship is designated for Vermont residents who demonstrate outstanding academic performance.  Recipients are selected based on the application for admission. Patrick scholars are awarded a 4-year (8 semester) merit scholarship of $5,000 annually. Students must be enrolled in 12 or more credits per semester and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Renewal eligibility is evaluated at the end of each spring term.

Presidential Scholarship

Out-of-state or International students who demonstrate the highest academic performance are eligible for consideration for the Presidential Scholarship. Recipients are selected based on the application for admission.  Presidential Scholars are awarded a 4-year (8 semester) merit scholarship, which ranges from $17,000 to $18,000 annually and up to $20,000 annually for students invited to the Honors College as incoming first time, first-year students. Students must be enrolled in 12 or more credits per semester and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Renewal eligibility is evaluated at the end of each spring term.

Trustees Scholarship

Out-of-state or International students who demonstrate outstanding academic performance are eligible for consideration for the Trustees Scholarship. Recipients are selected based on the application for admission.  Trustees scholars are awarded a 4-year (8 semester) merit scholarship, which ranges from $8,000 to $15,000 annually. Students must be enrolled in 12 or more credits per semester and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Renew eligibility is evaluated at the end of each spring term.

Vermont Scholars Award

This scholarship is designated for Vermont residents who demonstrate the highest academic performance. Recipients are selected based on the application for admission. Vermont scholars are awarded a 4-year (8 semester) merit scholarship of $7,000 annually. For students whose official offer of admission includes an invitation to the Honors College as a first time, first-year students the Vermont Scholars award may be up to $8,000 annually. Students must be enrolled in 12 or more credits per semester and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Renewal eligibility is evaluated at the end of each spring term.

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 application for admission. 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 UVM Scholarship page.

Other Scholarship Resources

  • VSAC (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 U.S. Army ROTC 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 with UVM Veteran Services and to visit the Student Financial Services website for information regarding G.I. Bill benefits for education, including the Yellow Ribbon Program.
  • Many organizations offer scholarship opportunities for deserving students. Check with local schools and community organizations for their offerings, and review information listed on the Student Financial Services website for outside scholarship opportunities.