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UMass Amherst Scholarships
As part of our commitment to access in higher education, UMass Amherst awards hundreds of scholarships each year. The UWW Degree Completion Program alone awards thousands of dollars in scholarships each semester. Explore what opportunities are available to you and apply.
You can apply for UWW Degree Completion Program scholarships through the UMass Amherst scholarship system. You can also apply to other scholarships, and in some cases, you may even be auto-matched with a scholarship that does not require any additional application materials. Here is a list of our program's scholarship funds.
Rute Avelar Scholarship
Established by Celso Avelar, a long-time friend of UWW, this scholarship honors the memory and spirit of his beloved niece Rute Avelar who passed away in 2003 at the age of fifteen. This scholarship will be awarded at least once a year to a student in the UWW Degree Completion Program who demonstrates financial need, is in good academic standing, has an area of concentration in Human Services, Mental Health, Applied Psychology or another related field, and whose career goal is to work with people in crisis. Special consideration will be given to applicants who currently work in or whose career goal is to work in the field of suicide prevention.
Rute’s mother wrote the following remembrance: “Rute was very sweet and generous and had a special care for nature, animals and the elderly. She loved to study and did very well in school. She was shy but still very active in school, participating in theater and church. She loved the church and had great faith in Jesus. She was sometimes sad but always wanted to be around cheerful people who liked to make jokes.”
Misty Catherine Bassi Memorial UWW Scholarship
In the spirit and memory of 2009 graduate Misty Bassi, this scholarship is awarded to a student in the UWW Degree Completion Program who demonstrates financial need and is in good academic standing.
UWW Faculty Student Scholarship Fund
Established to honor the dedication and passion of the UWW faculty, past and present, this scholarship is awarded to a student in the UWW Degree Completion Program who demonstrates financial need and is in good academic standing.
Friends of UWW Scholarship
Started by the Friends of UWW alumni group, this scholarship is awarded to a student in the UWW Degree Completion Program who demonstrates financial need and is in good academic standing. Preference will be given to UWW students who are first-generation or from underrepresented groups.
Edward J. Harris Lifelong Learning Fund
Named in honor of a founding director of UWW, this scholarship is awarded to a student in the UWW Degree Completion Program who demonstrates financial need and is in good academic standing. Preference will be given to a parent of a dependent child.
Jeffrey C. Taylor Educational Opportunity Fund
Established by and named after Jeffrey Taylor, UMass UWW alumnus and founder of Monster.com, this scholarship is awarded to a student in the UWW Degree Completion Program who demonstrates financial need and is in good academic standing.
To apply for fall 2020 UWW Degree Completion Program scholarships, please complete and submit an application in the UMass Amherst scholarship system by August 24 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. You will then be considered for all available UWW Degree Completion Program scholarships for which you qualify, and will have an opportunity to apply for others. Here's how:
- Go to the UMass Amherst scholarship system and click on the maroon sign-in button.
- Log in with your NetID and password.
- Complete and submit the General Application.
- In the list of Recommended Opportunities, click on the University Without Walls Scholarship Application.
- Complete and submit the University Without Walls Scholarship Application. After you complete this step, you will be considered for all available UWW Degree Completion Program scholarships for which you qualify.
- Apply to any other UMass Amherst scholarships that you wish to in your Recommended Opportunities.
You are required to submit an essay of no more than 750 words as part of your UWW Degree Completion Program scholarship application. This essay should tell your story and explain why receiving a scholarship will be important for your education. It should also describe how you meet any special criteria of the scholarships you want to be considered for.
Because the scholarships are need-based, your financial need will be confirmed by Financial Aid Services. If you have not done so already, please be sure to complete the 2020-21 FAFSA. If you are not eligible to complete the FAFSA for whatever reason, or if there is any additional financial context that you would like to have considered, please include it in your scholarship essay.
If you are awarded a scholarship, you may be asked to submit a thank you letter and to answer a series of questions which will be featured on our website as a student spotlight.
Have questions? Need help? Contact the UWW scholarship committee. The application for spring 2021 UWW Degree Completion Program scholarships will open on November 1.
The University Without Walls offers two additional scholarships specifically available to students taking classes through UWW.
David A. Cole Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is available for UWW students who are making career changes, demonstrate financial need, and are in good academic standing. Awards are made four times per year.
Miriam Williford Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is available for degree-seeking UWW students who demonstrate financial need, are in good academic standing, and can demonstrate a life-long history of active involvement in learning and non-traditional education. Awards are only made during spring semester.
UMass Amherst Microgrants
If you are experiencing an unexpected financial emergency such as a loss of income or increase in expenses, resources may be available to you through the Dean of Students Office. We encourage students in this situation to apply for a microgrant of up to $500.
If you'd like to let us know that you applied and what the response was so we can get a better idea of how many UWW Degree Completion Program students are benefitting, please email us at @email (optional and confidential).
Early Childhood Educators Scholarship Program
You may be eligible for the Early Childhood Educators Scholarship Program if you live in Massachusetts and work as an educator or provider in an early education and care program or out of school time program that is licensed or authorized by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). The UWW Degree Completion Program has one of the highest number of recipients of this scholarship in the state.