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Founders' Scholarship

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Founders' Scholarship

The four-year scholarship covers full tuition and fees, as well as food and housing for high-achieving first-year students from Massachusetts. Learn more about the Founders' Scholarship at UMass Dartmouth.

A new elite scholarship, the Founders’ Scholarship will cover full tuition and fees, as well as food and housing for four years for high-achieving Massachusetts residents. 

Your next steps

  1. Apply to UMassD.
  2. Complete the Founders' Scholarship application (log in using your UMassD application portal credentials) which includes: 
    • your high school transcript
    • a short essay statement on why you're a good candidate
    • a list of your extracurricular activities and accomplishments

Application deadline: December 8


To qualify for this scholarship, you must:

  • be a Massachusetts resident
  • have a cumulative GPA of 4.0
  • score a 1200 SAT or 25 ACT, or apply test-optional
  • live on campus

Not sure if you meet all of the requirements? Submit your application, and we’ll reach out to your school counselor to discuss your eligibility.