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 Admissions Scholarships: New and Transfer Students

Scholarship

Eligibility

Application

John & Abigail Adams Scholarship

The John and Abigail Adams Scholarship awards a non-need-based, institutionally-supported tuition credit to students who receive this award from the Massachusetts Department of Education.

Eligibility requirements can be found online at the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Office of Student Financial Assistance (www.osfa.mass.edu).

Renewal criteria are as follows:

  • Must be an undergraduate student
  • Must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in all coursework attempted
  • Must be enrolled full time (12+ credits per semester)
  • Must annually file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

This scholarship can be received for a maximum of eight semesters, which must take place within six years after graduating high school.

If the student drops below the required 3.0 GPA, the scholarship is permanently forfeited.

There is no application process for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship. Students who are eligible will be notified beginning in the Fall of their senior year in high school.

 

Forward a copy of your letter from the Department of Education to the University Enrollment Center. If you have misplaced your letter, you may contact the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education at 781.338.3625 or 781.338.3640. You may also contact the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance at 617-391-6070.

 

If you have transferred to UMass Dartmouth from another college/university, please forward a copy of your Adams award letter and copies of your academic transcripts from all institutions attended (unofficial transcripts are permissible) to the University Enrollment Center. 

Chancellor's Merit Scholarship

 

First year applicants who possess a minimum combined SAT I Math & Critical Reading score of 1100 or ACT score of 27; and who have a minimum 3.0 grade point average will automatically be considered for this scholarship.

The scholarship is valid for a total of four years as long as student earns 24 credits per academic year (Fall and Spring semesters) and maintains a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. 

If the student completes fewer than 24-credits per academic year and/or falls below the required 3.0 GPA, the scholarship is permanently forfeited.

Application for admission and subsequent acceptance to UMD will automatically allow students to be considered.

Chancellor's Transfer Scholarship

Students who are graduating from a two-year college (public or private) with a grade point average of 3.25 or higher and have completed their associate degree program by the start of their enrollment at UMass Dartmouth will automatically be considered for this scholarship.

The scholarship is valid for a total of two years as long as student earns 24 credits per academic year (Fall and Spring semesters) and maintains a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

If a student completes fewer than 24 credits per academic year and/or falls below the required 3.0 cumulative GPA, the scholarship is permanently forfeited.

Application for admission and subsequent acceptance to UMD will automatically allow students to be considered.

Community Living Scholarship

First year out-of-state applicants who have a 3.0 GPA or higher, and score 1050 or higher on the SAT will qualify for the Community Living Scholarship. A student must live on campus and be charged the out-of-state tuition and fee rate. Students in a "regional" program, or who choose to live off campus, are not eligible for this award. 

The scholarship is valid for a total of four years as long as student earns 24 credits per academic year (Fall and Spring semesters) and maintains a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. 

If a student completes fewer than 24 credits per academic year and/or falls below the required 3.0 cumulative GPA, the scholarship is permanently forfeited.

Application for admission and subsequent acceptance to UMD will automatically allow students to be considered.

Endeavor Scholars Program

The Endeavor Scholarship is a four-year merit scholarship for new first-year students who have demonstrated both academic success and strong commitment to serving the community.

The Endeavor Scholarship pays for tuition, mandatory fees, and standard room and board. The scholarship is applied after the student has been awarded financial aid and may change if the student's financial award has changed.

The award will be for a total of no more than eight semesters (Fall and Spring semesters only) and is renewable each year as long as recipients meet all of the following requirements:

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in full-time study (12+ credits per semester).

  • Be in good disciplinary standing by adhering to the University's Code of conduct and exemplifying principles of integrity and civility.

  • Participate fully in the academic and co-curricular programs and activities associated with the Endeavor Scholars Program.

  • Apply each year for need-based financial aid (FAFSA) and accept all federal, state, and private grants for which they are eligible.

Students applying to be Endeavor Scholars should expect a rigorous leadership training program and a significant time commitment to service.

To learn more about this program and to apply, please visit the Endeavors Scholarship site.

Application deadline is January 15.

Stanley Z. Koplik Certificate of Mastery Tuition Credit

To be eligible to apply for this Certificate of Mastery, a student must be:

  • Currently enrolled in a MA public high school. (Students who have graduated high school are not eligible to apply.)

  • Be a permanent Massachusetts resident

  • Be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen

  • To qualify as a Candidate for the Certificate of Mastery, a student must score "Advanced" on at least one grade 10 MCAS test subject, and score "Proficient" on the remaining sections fo the grade 10 MCAS.

For additional qualification requirements and how to apply, please visit the MA Department of Education website.

If selected for this tuition credit, student is required to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually. A copy of your Koplik letter and certificate should be submitted to the University Enrollment Center.

University Commonwealth Scholarship

For exceptionally well-qualified students who are residents of Massachusetts and who have shown outstanding academic achievement and potential. Recipients must have:

  • A cumulative weighted grade point average of at least 3.75 after 7 semesters, or a ranking in the top 5 percent of their class;

  • A combined SAT I Math & Critical Reading score of at least 1400 (old SAT) or 1450 (new SAT) or ACT score of 32;

  • Demonstrated through participation in activities and programs a potential to make meaningful contributions to the university, their communities, and society.
This scholarship pays for mandatory tuition and fees.

The University Commonwealth is valid for a total of four years as long as the student maintains a 3.25 cumulative GPA and completes at least 30 credits each academic year (Fall and Spring semesters).

If the student completes fewer than 30 credits per academic year and/or falls below the required 3.25 GPA, the scholarship is permanently forfeited.

Application for admission and subsequent acceptance to UMD will automatically allow students to be considered. 

Valedictorian Tuition Credit

This program allows a high school valedictorian to become eligible to receive a tuition credit at any public higher education institution in Massachusetts.

To be eligible for this program:

  • A student must be designated by a public or private high school in the state as a valedictorian
  • Must be enrolled in a degree program at UMD
  • Must be a permanent legal resident of MA for at least one year prior to the opening of the academic year
  • Must complete the FAFSA annually
  • Must be in compliance with applicable law regarding Selective Service Registration
  • Must not be in default of any Federal or State student loans or owe a refund for any previous financial aid received

Students must submit a letter from the principal or superintendent of their high school certifying that they were the class valedictorian.

More information can be found on the MA Department of Higher Education Office of Student Financial Assistance website.

Note: All Scholarships are subject to change

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