Academic Scholarships

Academic scholarships are available through departments and offices other than SFA and through individual colleges and schools within the university. For instance, the UF Admissions Office awards academic scholarships to qualified incoming freshmen, and the Office of Overseas Studies administers financial assistance to enrolled students matriculating abroad.

Please keep in mind that if you apply for aid through SFA, SFA takes your academic achievement scholarship awards (including tuition fee waivers and reductions) into consideration, and counts them as part of your official aid package.

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Office of Admissions

Office of Admissions
201 Criser Hall
PO box 114000
Gainesville, FL, 32611
(352) 392-1365
Contact: freshman@ufl.edu

The Office of Admissions awards academic scholarships to selected incoming freshman students after admissions decisions are released. To be considered, students must submit their online application by November 1 and complete their application by mid-December (test scores, transcripts, and application fee). There is not a separate application for the Office of Admissions scholarships.

Scholarships are awarded based on residency. The Presidential-tiered scholarships are awarded to in-state and in-state eligible students (students who may attend high school out of state with Florida pre-paid, military home of record in Florida, or a parent living in Florida with residency). The out-of-state scholarships are awarded to students who are classified as non-Florida residents for tuition purposes.

The recipients are selected by a scholarship committee in the spring after admissions decisions are released. While grades and test scores (either SAT or ACT with writing) are a strong part of the selection process, the committee also looks at other factors such as extracurricular involvement, leadership, and community service. Selected students are notified via email and mail around the middle of March each year.

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Office of Undergraduate Affairs

Office of Undergraduate Affairs
PO Box 113175
235 Tigert Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-3175
(352) 846-1761
Contact: undergraduateaffairs@aa.ufl.edu

Florida College Transfer Academic Scholarship (FCTAS)

Deadline: May 1
UF offers two scholarships of $4000 to transfer in-state community college students selected to the All-Florida Academic First Team. Recipients of the award are required to maintain a UF GPA of at least 3.0 and successfully complete 14 credit hours each semester of the award.

In order to qualify, applicants must have a lower division GPA of at least 3.80. Deadline for applying is May 1 each year for a scholarship award for the upcoming academic year.

More information, including the application, can be found at the Undergraduate Affairs website.

Florida College Transfer Scholarship (FCTS)

Deadline: May 1
UF will offer up to ten (10) Florida College Transfer Scholarship (FCTS). Scholarship recipients will receive a one-year scholarship with a value of $1000 to $2000, with the exact amount awarded determined by student need as calculated by the UF Student Financial Affairs Office. (Note: the student will have to submit a completed FAFSA form available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov). Award recipients are required to maintain a UF GPA of at least 3.0 and successfully complete 12 credit hours each semester of the award.

The FCTS is a competitive program for qualified Florida residents, which is awarded on the basis of financial need and/or academic merit, and other selected criteria. In addition to academic achievement, character of the applicant, and whether the applicant has been awarded any other scholarship aid, race/ethnicity will be considered.

More information, including the application, can be found at the Undergraduate Affairs website.

Tuition Exchange Program

Office of the Provost, 238 Tigert Hall,
P. O. Box 113175, Gainesville, FL 32611-3175, (352) 392-4792,
Contact: Ileana McCray, imccray@aa.ufl.edu.

UF is a member of the Tuition Exchange Inc., a non-profit organization with a membership of more than 586 Colleges and Universities in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and the United Kingdom. Membership includes private as well as public institutions, research and doctoral universities, liberal arts colleges and comprehensive institutions of higher education, and specialized schools.

Through Tuition Exchange, employee dependents attend colleges and universities other than their home institution. UF waives in-state and out-of-state tuition for a limited number of children of employees at participating institutions. Students must meet all admission requirements. The number of awards available depends on the number of UF employee dependents accepted by other participating institutions and the availability of funds.

Application and a list of participating institutions are available at the Office of the Provost web site.

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Athletic Scholarships

Students (or their high school coach) interested in athletic scholarships should contact the coaches of the sports in which they are interested. Students should call (352) 375-4683 or write the University Athletic Association, P. O. Box 14485, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32604-2485, for coaches’ names, addresses, and phone numbers. Intercollegiate athletic endowment funds are list at the UF Foundation Web site.

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Dean of Students Office

Contact: Dean of Students Office (DSO),
202 Peabody Hall, (352) 392-1261
Dean of Students Office Website;
Contact Robin A. Henry at robinh@dso.ufl.edu.

  • University Women’s Club Scholarships
    Contact: Dean of Students Office (DSO), 202 Peabody Hall, (352) 392-1261×236
    Eligibility: For information on this endowed scholarship fund, go to the UF Foundation Web site.
    Deadline: February 23 @ 4:30 pm; applications can be obtained from DSO or from the DSO Web site.Value: $1,000
  • Cheryl Ziegert Memorial Scholarship Fund
    Eligibility: female UF students with learning disabilities; enrollment with minimum credit hours in a degree-granting program; minimum 2.0 undergraduate/professional GPA; for criteria and information, visit the Dean of Students Office Web site at www.dso.ufl.edu/scholarships Deadline: October 15 each year  Value: based on available funds

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Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art Scholarships and Fellowships

Contact: Eric Segal, Education Curator of Academic Programs,
Harn Museum of Art, P. O. Box 112700, Gainesville, FL 32611;
(352) 392-9826.

Additional information, applications and instructions for the following three internships can be found on the Harn Museum’s website.

Deadlines: deadlines for all internships are October 15 for the next year’s spring term; March 15 for summer term, and June 1 for the fall term.

  • The Marshall Criser Internship
    Eligibility: UF graduate students and undergraduate seniors in good standing; a writing sample is required. Based on applicant’s suitability for the designated project and strong writing, research and critical thinking skills.Value: $2,500 fall and spring semesters
  • Dixie Neilson Museum Studies Registration Internship
    Eligibility: graduate students earning Master of Arts degrees/certificates
    in museum studies at UF or other institutions, who are selected to participate
    in the internship program in the Harn Museum Registration Department.Value: $1,250 one semester/calendar year
  • E. Robert Langley Internship
    Eligibility: undergraduate and graduate students enrolled full-time in the UF School of Art & Art History can apply; available spring and summer terms; if a project warrants, a student may be eligible for funding for two consecutive terms.Value: spring, $2000 over the 16 weeks;
    summer, $1,500 over the 10 week term

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Housing and Residence Education

Contact: Norbert Dunkel, Director of Housing, UF Department of Housing and Residence Education, P. O. Box 112100, Gainesville, FL 32611-2100; or (352) 392-2161.

  • Randall J. Bodner and Gary W. Faircloth Scholarship Fund For information on this endowed scholarship fund, contact the Department of Housing and Residence Education section of the UF Foundation Web site.
    Eligibility: the scholarship is designed to recognize and reward outstanding leadership and scholarship of a member of of the Inter-Residence Hall Association (IRHA); applicants must be active representatives of the UF IRHA; must be full-time students in good standing; must have achieved a high academic success (minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA upon application); and must be directly involved in residence hall activities an area/hall government.
    Application:
    a committee composed of the Department of Housing and Residence Education professional staff and representatives from Inter-Residence Hall Association will select the recipient.
    Value: $500
  • Cathie Ponikvar/NRHH Award
    Eligibility: undergraduates residing in an on-campus residence hall who reflect strong leadership and maintain the best academic record possible; must be a continuing student and be enrolled the following fall term.
    Deadline: TBA in spring
    Value:
    $500

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Florida Museum of Natural History

  • R. Jerry Britt, Jr., Paleobiology Scholarship
    Candidates should submit applications to Roger W. Portell, Division of Invertebrate Paleontology, Florida Museum of Natural History (portell@flmnh.ufl.edu). Eligibility: advanced undergraduate or graduate students enrolled at UF who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and who are conducting paleobiologic research (especially field studies) in association with the Florida Museum of Natural History. For further information, go to the Florida Museum of Natural History, Division of Invertebrate Paleontology web site.
  • Miss Lucy Dickinson Scholarship in Vertebrate Paleontology
    Candidates should apply to the graduate program of an appropriate department (e.g., zoology, geology, anthropology, or wildlife) at UF and mail a copy of the application cover, along with a letter of intent, to Miss Lucy Dickinson Scholarship in Vertebrate Paleontology, Florida Museum of Natural History, Dickinson Hall, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611-7800. Eligibility: students associated with the Florida Museum of Natural History, working in the area of vertebrate paleontology. Also, go to the Florida Museum of Natural History web site or go to the UF Foundation Web site.

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McNair Scholars Program

Contact: UF McNair Scholars Program, 319 Infirmary Building, P.O. Box 113280, Gainesville, FL 32611-3280;
Office phone: (352) 846-2575; Fax: (352) 392-3773;
McNair Scholars Program Webpage.

The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program is designed to encourage undergraduates to pursue doctoral degrees.

  • Eligibility: UF juniors or seniors (must have three semesters remaining before graduation); a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA; low-income and first-generation college students or a member of a group that is underrepresented and intends to pursue a Ph.D. after graduation; eligibility criteria set by the U.S. Department of Education; for more information, please contact UF McNair Scholar’s office.
  • Application deadline: February 28
  • Value: $2,900 research stipend to be used for research expenses

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Student Health Care Center

One Fletcher Drive, P. O. Box 117500, Gainesville, FL 32611-7500;

  • Gareth Kerr Memorial Scholarship
    Contact: Lica Gilley (352) 294-7439;
    This award was created by SHCC in memory of Gareth Kerr, a UF senior engineering student who passed away in April 2006, to honor one UF student who has demonstrated interest, commitment, and passion for the health and well being of fellow students and/or the UF community at large.
    Eligibility: Full-time UF enrollment; 3.0 or above GPA; See the Student Health Care Center Website for current deadline and application.
    Deadline: Early March
    Value: $500

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Study Abroad Services

University of Florida International Center, 140 HUB, P. O. Box 113225, Gainesville, FL 32611-3225. E-mail: studyabroad@ufic.ufl.edu

The following awards are available for students who meet the following basic criteria (each scholarship may have additional criteria or restrictions):

  1. Are at least 18 years old by the start of the program of choice
  2. Are a U.S. resident or legal permanent citizen
  3. Completed a Study Abroad Scholarship Application (available on the Study Abroad website)
  4. Provide two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose essay and an official UF transcript.
  5. Have a minimum 2.5 GPA (some scholarships require higher)
  6. Show proof of acceptance to the program of choice

Application Deadlines: February 1 for summer; March 1 for fall and academic year programs; September 20 for spring programs.
For more information, see the Study Abroad Services scholarship page.

UFIC Semester and Academic Year Scholarships

  • The Daniel Sinclair Bredahl Scholarships – These scholarships are awarded annually to UF undergraduates on the basis of a demonstrated interest in international study, appropriateness of the chosen program to the student’s long-term goals and financial need. Awards are given for semester or academic year programs. Please click the link to read more about the history of this scholarship.To be eligible for an award, students must be studying abroad for at least 90 days. The semester scholarships award $1,750 each. The academic year scholarship awards $3,000.
  • UF International Center Scholarships– These scholarships are given to students studying for a semester or academic year on a UF-approved program.  Students are selected based on their academic and extracurricular activities at UF. Students applying for Fall/Spring must be studying abroad for at least 90 days. Academic Year Scholarships are for $4000 while semester scholarships are for $2000.  Last year, 1 student received an Academic Year Scholarship and 8 received semester long scholarships.
  • UFIC Summer Scholarships – These scholarships are given to students who are attending approved summer programs whom the faculty review committee selects based on their overall performance.  Last year, we had 40 winners and each scholarship was for $1000.
  • UF International Merit – These scholarships are awarded to students with a minimum of 3.5 GPA and  are attending UF sponsored summer programs. Last summer, 10 students received this scholarship.  Each of the scholarships is for $1000.
  • UF Honors Scholarships – These scholarships are designated for Honors students. Last summer, 6 students received awards.  Each of the scholarships is for $1000.
  • Irene Phillips Alliance Scholarships– These scholarships were established in memory of Irene Phillips, the mother of Paul Phillips, who serves on the advisory board at the UF International Center.  The scholarships are designated specifically for Alliance Scholars.  The number and amount of awards vary. These scholarships are available for both the summer and semester terms.

UF College and Departmental Study Abroad Scholarships

Several UF colleges and departments offer their own specific study abroad awards. Check with the department for your program or major to see if there are any scholarship opportunities for study abroad. Below are listed some the scholarships that our students routinely receive for study abroad. However, contact your college for more information even if they are not included on the list below.

Department Name of Award
   Asian Studies Alice M. Zirger
   Languages, Literatures and Culture French and Francophone Studies
   Classics Center for Greek Studies
   Center for Jewish Studies Center for Jewish Studies
   College Agriculture and Life Sciences CALS Study Abroad Scholarships

National Study Abroad Scholarships

In addition to UFIC and UF scholarships there are several nationally funded scholarships that students may be eligible to receive. Our office serves as a resource for reviewing student applications and offering feedback accordingly. Some of the more popular national scholarships for study abroad are listed below.

Name of Scholarship Eligibility
   Benjamin A. Gilman Pell Grant recipients, study outside
Western EU
   Bridging Scholarships-Japan Study in Japan
   DAAD – Germany Study or Research in Germany
   Boren Scholarship/Fellowship Boren Scholarship/Fellowship
   Phi Kappa Phi GPA: 3.5, sophmore/junior status
   Fulbright See website for specifics
   Rhodes Scholarships See website for specifics
   The Rotary Foundation See website for specifics
   Marshall Scholarships See website for specifics
   Fund For Education Abroad See website for specifics
   Foundation for Global Scholars See website for specifics

University Honors Program

Contact: Dr. Mark Law, Honors Program, 1 Fletcher Drive, Infirmary Room 343, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611.

The Awards Division of UF’s University Honors Program serves as a source of information for any UF student considering applying to one or more of these nationally recognized awards. The fellowships require an extensive period of preparation before a student will be able to submit an application, so students should contact the appropriate awards adviser far in advance of the campus deadline for both domestic and overseas fellowships.
You do not have to have been a member of the Honors Program to apply. For more information, visit the Honors Scholarship page.

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  • John V. Lombardi Scholarship Program
    Stamps Scholar Program

    Contact: Regan Garner
    Gainesville, FL 32611-3260, (352) 392-1519 Scholars receive $2,700 each fall and spring semester for up to 8 semesters, depending on the student’s major; four summer enrichment programs, which include two international study trips, leadership training, and a community service retreat, are also funded by the scholarship. Florida’s Bright Futures Program will offset some tuition costs for Florida residents.

    Scholars will have many opportunities to interact with visiting faculty and speakers. For four summers, beginning with the summer before their freshman year, scholars will participate in study abroad, internships, academic research or other enrichment programs, designed to enhance student leadership and problem-solving skills, encourage service to the community, increase confidence and integrate classroom learning with real-world experience. More information, application form, nomination form are available here.

  • Albert G. Raybun Scholarship

    This is a need-based scholarship for juniors following a pre-medical course of study, to support them during their senior year. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and must submit a letter stating “the circumstances for requesting aid”. All applicants must have a current FAFSA on file with the Financial Aid office. For more information and an application, please visit this scholarship’s website. Minimum grants are $500; maximum $1000.
    Contact: Mark Law

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UF Gator Club Scholarships

Contact: Star Sawyer, UF Alumni Association, 1938 W. University Avenue, P. O. Box 14425, Gainesville, FL 32604, (888) 352-5866.

Gator Clubs® exist under the umbrella of the University of Florida Alumni Association for the benefit of UF, its alumni, parents, friends and students. With many locations and diversity, Gator Clubs® serve to sponsor education and professional seminars, provide scholarship opportunities, host social and athletic functions, design community service projects and foster young alumni programming. Membership in Gator Clubs® is open to all alumni, parents, friends and students of the university.

The UF Alumni Association-chartered Gator Clubs® sponsor scholarships for students attending UF from all over Florida, as well as many other parts of the country. Gator Club® scholarships are awarded based upon criteria established by each Gator Club®, including, but not limited to academic merit, school involvement, and community involvement.

Go to: www.uff.ufl.edu/Scholarships/GatorClubs.asp for information on the Gator Club® scholarships, and contact the Gator Club® in your area for application information.

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P.K Yonge Laboratory School

Lieutenant Randy Norris, Jr., Endowed Scholarship Fund
Contact: Director of the P. K. Yonge Laboratory School, Dr. Fran Vandiver, franvan@pky.ufl.edu.

Graduates of P. K. Yonge Laboratory School, preferably a student seeking a career in law enforcement or a student enrolling in the College of Education. For more information see the UF Foundation Web site.