Admissions & Financial Aid

Scholarships for New Students

The table below displays some of the scholarship opportunities available to new incoming freshmen who apply for the fall semester. No application is necessary for these awards and students are automatically considered for merit scholarship aid, students interested in merit scholarships are encouraged to apply for  Early Action Admissions deadline of December 1, as funding is limited. 

SCHOLARSHIP 

AWARD 

TYPE

ELIGIBILITY

Chancellor’s Scholarship
 

Full Tuition and Fees

  • plus invitation to Honors College
  • renewable for up to four years
Merit-Based
  • MA residents only
  • First-time first-year students automatically considered
  • Priority given to early action applicants (submitted by Dec 1)
  • High School GPA of 3.5 or better
  • SAT (Critical Reading and Math) score of 1200 or more/ACT composite score of 27 or better

Out-of-State Merit Scholarship
 

$10,000 – $12,000

  • plus invitation to Honors College
  • renewable for up to four years
Merit-Based
  • Out-of-state students
  • Priority given to early action applicants (submitted by Dec 1)
  • High school GPA of 3.5 or better
  • SAT (Critical Reading and Math) score of 1200 or more/ACT composite score of 27 or better
  • Applicants encouraged to submit the FAFSA financial aid form

Deans’ Scholarship
 

$7,500

  • renewable for up to four years
Need- and Merit-Based
  • MA residents or out-of-state students
  • Priority given to students demonstrating financial need
  • Priority also given to early action applicants (submitted by Dec 1)
  • High school GPA of 3.2 or better
  • SAT (Critical Reading and Math) score of 1100 or more/ACT composite score of 25 or better
  • Applied for financial aid (FAFSA)

Beacon Scholarship
 

$3,000

  • renewable for up to four years
  • additional $2,000 annual incentive for students earning a UMass Boston cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better)
Need- and Merit-Based
  • MA residents or out-of-state students
  • Priority given to students demonstrating financial need
  • Priority also given to early action applicants (submitted by Dec 1)
  • High school GPA of 3.2 or better
  • Applied for financial aid (FAFSA)

Boston City Scholarship

$1,000

  • renewable for up to four years
Merit-Based
  • Boston city resident and valid MA residents only
  • Boston public high school graduate
  • High school GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Accepted for fall semester immediately following high school graduation
  • May combine with scholarships above
  • Must apply for admissions by March 1 of  students senior year
  • “GPA” here is based on a cumulative recalculation of all college prep academic courses and considers weighting for honors, AP and IB courses on a 4.0 scale.
  • Full-time enrollment is a requirement for all scholarship awards.
  • Transfer students do not qualify for the scholarships above, but we encourage you to review the criteria for the Foster Furcolo Scholarship.
  • Each Scholarship has individual GPA requirements that must be met in order to renew.

Nomination Scholarship Programs

    The William M. Bulger Award and Scholarship Program
    The Foster Furcolo Scholarship Program

Requirements

  •     Massachusetts residency required (see above for full details)
  •     Must be nominated by community college presidents, high school headmasters, principals, or others
  •     Contact your school guidance office or the office of your community college president for consideration
  •     Not all nominees will be offered scholarships, only finalists
  •     Nominees will be notified by the university
  •     Nominations are recommendations only. Scholarship awards must come from UMass Boston only.

The William M. Bulger Award and Scholarship Program

    Provides four years of tuition and most mandatory fees annually to one outstanding high school graduate from a public or private high school in the city of Boston.

    Established in honor of William M. Bulger for many years of devoted service to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a state representative, senator, and senate president; and as the past president of the University of Massachusetts.

    Recognizes and encourages an outstanding student who exemplifies President Bulger’s philosophy of perseverance in pursuit of educational and personal goals.

Nomination Procedure

  •     Each headmaster and high school principal must submit the required documents to the Office for Merit-Based Scholarships
  •     Only one graduating senior per school allowed

Requirements

  •     one letter of recommendation from the nominating headmaster or principal
  •     a typed essay of 500-1,000 words addressing the topic: “The Value of a College Education” by the nominee
  •     Massachusetts residency (see above for full details)

Deadline: May 1st


The Foster Furcolo Scholarship Program

Awards two-year scholarships covering tuition and most mandatory fees to one graduate of each public community college in Massachusetts.

Established to honor Foster Furcolo served as governor of Massachusetts from 1957 to 1960. He was instrumental in the creation of the system of public community colleges in the Commonwealth .

Nomination Procedure

  • Each community college president may select one student for recommendation and submit a letter describing the nominee’s qualifications for the Furcolo Scholars to the Office for Merit-Based Scholarships.  The letter may come from the transfer and/or advising officer at each community college.
  • Final selection will be determined by UMass Boston. Not all nominees will be offered scholarships.

Eligibility

  •     must exemplify the success of the community college system in accomplishing the educational mission envisioned by Governor Furcolo
  •     earned an associate’s degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5
  •     a Massachusetts resident (see above for full details)
  •     must be a first time,  full-time student enrolling for fall semester immediately following graduate from the community college
  •     must graduate from your community college in the spring preceding fall entrance at UMass Boston
  •     not available to applicants from community colleges graduating in the winter term
  •     nominated students may not have attended UMass Boston in the past

Deadline: May 1st

 

Donor Scholarship Opportunities for New Students

Students who apply for early action admission are automatically considered for these scholarships, no application is necessary.

Please note many students may meet the eligibility requirements for an award but due to the limited number of scholarships available may not be selected for a particular award.

The Mark Atkins Scholarship

Alumnus Mark Atkins created this scholarship for newly entering freshman students who are longtime residents of the city of Boston.

Eligibility

Open to applicants who 

  • have lived in Boston for ten or more years; Massachusetts residency (see above for full details),
  • have demonstrable financial need,
  • have strong academic potential, and
  • have an entrepreneurial spirit.

The Samuel Brehm Scholarship

Awards up to $5,000 each to several recipients who are graduates of the Boston or Chelsea public school system. The award can be renewable.

Dr. Harold and Mrs. Ella Brehm established this scholarship program in 1987 in honor of Dr. Brehm’s father to encourage its recipients to pursue a four-year college education.

Eligibility

  • must be a graduate of Boston or Chelsea public high schools 
  • have demonstrated strong academic potential,
  • are in need of financial assistance, and
  • are entering UMass Boston full-time as freshmen or transfer students
  • Massachusetts residency (see above for full details)
  • a valid Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), with information released to UMass Boston

The Stephen J. Sweeney Scholarship Program

Provides up to $2,700 for up to three students who have shown the potential for academic success. 

Established to honor, preserve and extend the legacy of Stephen J. Sweeney, the former chairman and CEO of the Boston Edison Company. His outstanding achievements in business reinforced his commitment to give generously of himself to the community. 

Eligibility

  • open to applicants who have participated in school activities or community service
  • graduates of a Boston public high school (Admissions Guaranteed Program [AGP] preferred)
  • in need of financial assistance
  • entering as freshmen
  • a valid FAFSA with information released to UMass Boston
  • Massachusetts residency (see above for full details)

The Bernard R. Sneed Scholarship Program

Provides a $500 award, based on academic achievement and financial need, to one entering freshman annually.

Established by the UMass Boston Alumni Association to honor Bernard R. Sneed, community activist and graduate of UMass Boston who, as director of UMass Boston’s Columbia Point Field Office, played an important role in establishing the neighborly relationship between the university and the nearby community.

Eligibility

  • open to applicants who are residents of the Harbor Point community or the surrounding neighborhood, and
  • members of an ethnic group historically underrepresented in higher education
  • a valid FAFSA, with information released to UMass Boston
  • proof of Massachusetts residency (see above for full explanation of Massachusetts residency)

The Michael A. Ventresca Scholarship Program

Provides the recipient(s) with awards ranging from $2,000 to $4,000 annually. Awards may be renewable.*

Established to honor Michael Ventresca’s spirit of public service and his belief in the promise of democracy.

Michael A. Ventresca, president of UMass Boston’s first graduating class in 1969, was a political idealist, activist, and lawyer who died tragically in 1985. 

Eligibility

  • open to applicants who graduated from a Massachusetts high school; Massachusetts resident (see above for full details)
  • shows evidence of concern for others and an interest in public service through extracurricular activities or community service
  • demonstrates the potential for academic success and the prospect of continuing in public service upon graduation
  • a valid Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), with information released to UMass Boston

Depending on funding levels and the number of students renewed, new scholarships may not be awarded every year.

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