Programs : Scholarships
Scholarships are awards based on academic achievement, but financial need may also be considered.
Scholarships do not have to be repaid, and do not require recipients to perform services to receive them. They are considered gift aid. Scholarships are awarded by various sources such as the university, the state, and individual colleges and departments, and private companies and individuals.
For additional information on academic scholarships administered by other UF offices, go to Other UF Academic Scholarships.
For information on scholarships available through individual university departments and colleges, check with your department or college for information. SFA maintains a comprehensive listing of UF college-awarded aid, as well as scholarship from non-UF organizations on our Scholarship Search Engine.
For information on State of Florida scholarships, go to State of Florida Aid.
If you are a donor or individual responsible for sending a scholarship check from a non-UF organization or agency to the university for a scholarship recipient, please review the Donor Scholarship Guidelines for instructions and mailing address.
SFA awards and/or administers scholarships, non-endowed
and endowed. Students are automatically considered if they:
- Apply for financial aid by the “on-time” deadline
- Have financial need as indicated by the FAFSA
- Enroll as a full-time student
- Have a 3.0 GPA
- Meet the donor-specified criteria
Machen Florida Opportunity Scholarships (MFOS) are designed to ensure that those who meet eligibility requirements will not have to work or borrow to attend UF, but rather will have their need fully met with grants and scholarships. Awards are offered to Florida resident first-time-in-college freshmen students and undergraduate renewal students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds whose parents have not earned a bachelor’s degree. This program, an initiative of the University of Florida, was supported by the Florida legislature in early June 2006 when it created the First Generation Matching Grant Program.
To be eligible you must:
- be a Florida resident;
- be admitted as a first-time-in-college freshman to an undergraduate program;
- UF must receive your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 15 prior to Fall term enrollment*;
- have financial need as determined from information provided on the FAFSA
- be enrolled for at least twelve credit hours/semester;
- maintain satisfactory academic progress;
- not have defaulted on or owe a refund to any previous aid program;
- neither parent may have earned a bachelor’s degree;
- total family income is less than $40,000 and total family assets, other than the home, are less than $25,000**
*Although you must be accepted for enrollment at UF before you are considered for financial aid, you should apply for aid before being admitted. Complete the FAFSA at fafsa.ed.gov. You can file a FAFSA as early as January 1 each year. UF’s “On-Time” deadline to receive the results of your FAFSA from the federal processor is March 15. Apply well before March 15 to ensure that the federal processor has time to analyze and send the results of your FAFSA to our office. Financial aid is awarded on a first come, first served basis so apply as early as possible to be considered for the most, and best aid. In order for us to consider you for a financial aid package, you must be an admitted student and have met the “On-Time” deadline.
** These are basic income requirements. Student Financial Affairs may choose to complete a more in depth look at family financial circumstances, including home value, business income and losses, other assets, non-custodial parent’s financial situation, etc. to make a final eligibility determination.
Students who are selected for this scholarship must agree to participate in support programs to assist them in a successful transition to UF. MFOS recipients agree to:
- Actively participate in the MFOS Peer Mentorship Program as a mentee during the freshman year
- Successfully complete SLS 1102 Enhancing the Freshman Experience (First Year Florida) during one of the first two semesters of enrollment
- Participate in the MFOS Workshop Series once a term during the first and second year.
Jessie Ball duPont/Alfred I. duPont Scholarship
Established by Mrs. Jessie Ball duPont in memory of her husband. A
guideline excerpt states: “These scholarships are to be given,
not loaned, but the recipients are requested, after their graduation,
when they have earning capacity, to pass a like amount, as they have
received, on to some deserving boy or girl who needs assistance in
acquiring an education. In this way, it will be a permanent chain
for the benefit of our youth.”
Follett Bookstore Scholarship
The Follett Bookstore provides scholarships in the form of credit
at their main campus bookstores. The credit equals the standard cost
for undergraduate books and supplies (computer hardware not included).
Gene Wright Scholarship Fund
Support Martin County high school students entering as freshman who meet
both the Gene Wright Scholarship eligibility requirements during their
senior year in high school and the University of Florida admissions criteria.
Kenneth D. Watson Memorial Scholarship
Support need-based scholarships with preference to graduates of Gainesville
High School. If no eligible recipient from Gainesville High, may be awarded
to eligible graduates of a high school in Alachua County.
Robert D. and Flora E. Fuhrman Scholarship
This memorial scholarship was established in 1982 from the estate
of Robert D. and Flora E. Fuhrman to help needy students.
Metta Heathcote Scholarship
Established by a trust fund created by Mrs. Metta Heathcote, long-time resident
of St. Petersburg, this scholarship is available to Pinellas
County residents who have graduated from a Pinellas County high school.
Awards are based on financial need with preference given to St. Petersburg residents.
Ryan McKee Scholarship
Established in 2010, this is a need-based scholarship with preference
to veterans, criminology majors, students in Reserve Officer Training
Corps (ROTC), or graduates of Piper High School. Students must have
a minimum GPA of 3.0.
Ryan McKee SFA Scholarship
This need-based scholarship is for students employed in the verification
section of the UF Office for Student Financial Affairs.
UF General Scholarship
This scholarship was established from donations to the University’s general scholarship fund.
For descriptions of the following SFA-Awarded, endowed scholarships and fellowships, see the UF Foundation Web site.
- 1990 Student Memorial Scholarship Fund
- Benito Agrelo/Christina Holt Memorial Scholarship Fund
- Erma R. Ayres Scholarship Fund
- Bank of America Scholarship Fund
- Frederick W. and Grace P. Brecht Scholarship Fund*
- Mary Ellen Burnett Endowed Scholarship
- Wen-Hsiang Chai Scholarship
- James Wilmer Crews, III, Tuition Scholarship Fund
- Joseph and Lillian A. Damon Scholarship
- Joseph and Lillian A. Damon Scholarship II
- Sara Lavinia de Keni Scholarship
- Conrad G. Demro, Jr., & Patricia Demro Scholarship
- Alfred I. duPont Scholarship Fund
- Philip I. Eschbach Scholarship Fund
- Gainesville Charitable Foundation, Inc., Masonic Scholarship
- Victor Garnett Campbell Eubank Scholarship
- Margaret C. Fairlie Scholarship Fund
- Floyd Gehan Scholarship
- Paul G. and Harriette C. Franklin Merit Scholarship
- George R. Greene Scholarship Fund
- Nadia Venable Hall Scholarship
- Earl W. Halsey Scholarship Fund
- Coite and Mildred Hill Scholarship Fund
- Hobe and Gertrude Hooser Scholarship
- Hundred Club of Broward County Inc. Scholarship Fund*
- Fin Jorgensen Memorial Scholarship Fund
- Latin Builders Association Scholarship for Ethical Development
- Manatee County Scholarship Fund
- William C. Mason III Memorial Scholarship Fund
- Wilton E. Miller Family Excellence Scholarship
- Lillian P. Mosbacher Scholarship Fund
- Ruth Selby Noble Memorial Scholarship/Fellowship Fund
- David E. and Margaret O’Connor Scholarship
- Winifred Todd Parker Scholarship Fund
- Ruth L. Pugsley Memorial Fund Scholarship
- Reichert House Scholarship Fund
- Steve Rhoden Memorial Scholarship
- John G. Ruge Scholarship
- Jose M. Sanchez Scholarship
- Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club Jimmy Traucht Scholarship
- Dolly and Robert L. Secrist, Sr., Scholarship Fund
- Jim Steiner Endowed Scholarships Fund
- Mr. and Mrs. Warren Trottman Scholarship Fund
- Effie Jackson Vining Scholarship Fund
- Honorable Clyde B. Wells Memorial Scholarship
- Edwin Willinger Trust Scholarship Fund
- Yazdi Scholarship/Fellowship
Florida Incentive Scholarship Program
The Florida Incentive Scholarship Program (FIS) is a new state sponsored scholarship that was approved in the 2014 legislative session. UF is a participant in FIS.
A student designated as a National Merit “Scholar” by the National Merit Corporation is eligible for the scholarship. To be designated a “scholar” a student must receive a scholarship from the National Merit Corporation, a corporate sponsor or a college sponsored scholarship. The terms “scholar” and “finalist” are sometimes used interchangeably when in fact a “finalist” becomes a “scholar” only if awarded a scholarship. Students who have received the National Merit “Scholar” designation will be eligible to participate in FIS.
Additional information on FIS can be found on the State of Florida’s Office for Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) website www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org or by contacting the Office for Student Financial Affairs at (352) 392-1275.