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Academic Scholarships

Scholarship awards are valuable for the contribution they make toward reducing a student's tuition expense and they are important for the recognition and honor they confer on the recipient. HFA scholarships are typically in the range of $300 to $4,000 and are made possible by the generous support of UMass Amherst alumni and friends and by the Dean's Office.

The academic scholarships described on this pages have been moved to AcademicWorks, the university's online scholarship application and management site. Students who have declared a primary major in the College of Humanities & Fine Arts are invited to apply.  We encourage you to check for additional opportunities in your department.

Questions? Email scholarships@hfa.umass.edu.


Scholarships for all HFA Majors

The Class of 1945 Merit Scholarship

The Class of 1945 Scholarship was established in 1997 and is supported by class members' generous contributions.

Eligibility requirements: Applicants must be a current sophomore, junior, or first-semester senior; have a minimum of thirty (30) graded hours in residence at UMass Amherst; have a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average; and have declared their primary major in a College of Humanities & Fine Arts department. Preference will be given to students who are members of the Marching Band.

The Henry and Jean Hall Humanities and Fine Arts Scholarship

The generosity of Henry and Jean Hall led to establishment of this scholarship, which is an expression of their interest in UMass Amherst and its students.

Eligibility requirements: Applicants must be a current sophomore, junior, or first semester senior; have a minimum of thirty (30) graded hours in residence at UMass Amherst; have a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average; have declared their primary major in a College of Humanities & Fine Arts department; and have demonstrated financial need.

The Edward G. & Maureen Tracy-Venti Scholarship

This award was created by Marueen Tracy-Venti and her husband. Maureen was an active and engaged alumna of the College who contributed to it in numerous ways.

Eligibility requirements: Applicants must be a current sophomore or junior; have a minimum of thirty (30) graded hours in residence at UMass Amherst; have a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average; have declared their primary major in a College of Humanities & Fine Arts department; and have demonstrated financial need.

HFA Dean's Achievement Award

Alumni and friends of the College of humanities and Fine Arts contribute to two funds in the Dean's Office that provide these merit-based awards.

Eligibility requirements: Applicants must be a current sophomore, junior, or first semester senior; have a minimum of thirty (30) graded hours in residence at UMass Amherst; have a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average; and have declared their primary major in a College of Humanities and Fine Arts department.


Scholarships for Foreign Language Majors

Class of 1933 Scholarship

The Class of 1933 Scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in a foreign language. It is funded through an endowment created by the Class of 1933 in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

Eligibility requirements:  Applicants must be a current Junior or first semester Senior, have a minimum of thirty (30) graded hours in residence at UMass Amherst; have a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average. Their primary major must be in HFA.  The foreign language major may be primary or secondary.

Luise Bronner Scholarship

The Luise Bronner Scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in a foreign language. It is made possible by an endowment established by the estate of Luise Bronner.

Eligibility requirements:  Applicants must be a current Junior or first semester Senior, have a minimum of thirty (30) graded hours in residence at UMass Amherst; have a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average. Their primary major must be in HFA.  The foreign language major may be primary or secondary.


Scholarship for Majors in Fine Arts and Drama

The Frank Prentice Rand Scholarship

The Frank Prentice Rand Scholarship is made possible by the 50th Reunion gift of the Class of 1924. It is awarded to undergraduate students whose primary major is in one theprograms in the Departments of Art or Theater.

Eligibility requirements:  Applicants must have a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average. Undergraduate students must have declared their primary major in Departments of Music & Dance or Theater.


Scholarships for History and English Majors

John and Donna Farrelly Scholarships

John (BA History) and Donna (BA English) Farrelly established these scholarships to support students enrolled in the departments of their respective majors. 

Eligibility requirements:  Applicants must be a current sophomore, junior, or first semester senior; have a minimum of thirty (30) graded hours in residence at UMass Amherst; have a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average; have declared their primary major in English or History; and have demonstrated financial need.


Students who complete the HFA conditional application will be considered for all the awards listed on this page for which they are eligible.