Scholarship/Grant Information

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Endowed Scholarships and Awards

The Office of Financial Aid at the University of Mary Washington coordinates more than 300 different scholarship and grant programs that include general scholarships and scholarships for specific majors*.  A majority of the funds awarded through the Office of Financial Aid are need based and require valid results from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in addition to the new Online Scholarship Application (available soon!). The FAFSA preferred filing date is March 1  for all UMW students.

Current scholarship recipients are evaluated for renewal after grades post in May with remaining scholarships awarded to new applicants by a selection committee in June.  Many scholarships may be renewed provided that students meet academic requirements, and the FAFSA filing date.

Merit-Based Freshman Scholarships

Apply for admission and  you automatically become eligible to be considered for select scholarships. Shortly after your admission, the Admissions Department will notify you of your scholarship eligibility. Scholarships for freshmen applying for fall 2015 are based on criteria regarding GPA and SAT or ACT scores. Check out our Washington and Alvey Scholarships for information on our full-ride opportunities.

Academic Departmental Scholarships

Most academic departments award a variety of scholarships each year. They select recipients from students who have declared majors in their specific discipline.  Since the process is different for each department, it is important to contact the department or visit their individual websites.

Scholarships for Employees’ Children 2015-2016

Students who received awards in 2014-2015 will be considered again.  All new students must contact the Office of  Financial Aid ( by May 1 to be considered.  Be sure to include the student’s name, the UMW employee name, and the dates that the employee has been employed at UMW.  The basic criteria are listed below.  Students will be notified no later than mid to late June.   The actual amounts of the scholarships are dependent upon the number of qualified students.

Recipients must be full-time students at UMW with a minimum 2.000 cumulative grade point average and meet satisfactory academic progress requirements.  A dependent child is defined as an unmarried, biological or legally adopted child or step-child of the employee, less than 23 years of age at the time the semester begins, who is living full-time with the employee and who is claimed as a dependent on the employee’s federal tax return.

The Arrington Scholarships

  • Dependent children of full-time faculty/staff who have been employed at UMW 5 years
  • Funds awarded first to students with demonstrated need
  • Remaining funds disbursed evenly among other eligible recipients
  • Amount not to exceed tuition and fees

Faculty Children Scholarships

  • Dependent children of full-time faculty members
  • Funds disbursed evenly among eligible recipients

Michael Houston Memorial Scholarships

  • Dependent children of classified employees
  • Funds disbursed evenly among eligible recipients

Virginia College Transfer Grant

Newly admitted transfer students that attended a Virginia Community College are notified of their potential eligibility. Students must meet all requirements set forth by  SCHEV (State Council of Higher Education of Virginia.

If you meet the criteria for this grant, please email the UMW Financial Aid office at