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 Endeavor Scholars Program

Home-PanoramicUMass Dartmouth is proud to announce our most prestigious endowed scholarship program – the Endeavor Scholarship.

Through the generous gift of an anonymous donor, the Endeavor Scholars Program seeks a diverse group of outstanding students who:


  • Understand that leadership is not innate, but fostered.
  • Believe that women and minorities own a place at the table of change.
  • Appreciate that hard work and scholarship are required for success.
  • Embrace the idea that students can change the world through service.
  • Are committed to sharing their skills and knowledge with the wider community and world.

Designed to attract very talented new students who might not otherwise be able to attend the University, the Endeavor Scholarship is a last-dollar scholarship that provides tuition, mandatory fees, as well as a standard room and a 14-meal plan after the student has been awarded their financial aid. Because it is a last-dollar scholarship, the scholarship amount is subject to change if the student’s financial aid award is changed and/or if the student receives any outside sources of funding.

UMass Dartmouth will award new Endeavor Scholarships each year to students who will be selected based on their academic achievement, their leadership experience, and their dedication to community service.

Recipients will spend significant time together in leadership training and development, innovative community-related coursework, plus service and outreach activities: a cohort experience that nurtures civic-minded responsibility.

Endeavor Scholars Profile

  • There are currently 41 students in the Endeavor Scholars program.
  • Percentage of Endeavor Scholars who are residents of Massachusetts: 88%. All are from the New England area.
  • Average SAT score: 1206 (math and reading)
  • Average high school grade point average: 3.98
  • Our first group of Endeavor Scholars is scheduled to graduate in May 2014. This represents a 76.6% retention rate since fall 2010, which is higher than UMass Dartmouth’s 74% retention rate overall and compares favorably with a 72.2% national average retention rate among public universities.    
  • Endeavor Scholars currently carry an average cumulative grade point average of 3.50 in 20 fields of study distributed across all five UMass Dartmouth colleges.
  • The Endeavor Scholars group is made up of 33 females and 8 males (81% female/19% male), and 15 (42%) have self-identified as students of color. 
  • 100% were actively involved in community service activities prior to attending UMass Dartmouth.