The University of Florida (UF) is a major, public, comprehensive, land-grant, research university. The state’s oldest and most comprehensive university, UF is among the nation’s most academically diverse public universities. UF has a long history of established programs in international education, research and service.
It is one of only 17 public, land-grant universities that belongs to the Association of American Universities. The UF has a 2,000-acre campus and more than 900 buildings (including 170 with classrooms and laboratories). The northeast corner of campus is listed as a Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.
The UF residence halls have a total capacity of some 7,500 students and the five family housing villages house more than 1,000 married and graduate students.
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic criteria and/or any combination of academics, financial need, campus/community activities, leadership positions and work experience. Scholarships are designed to reward, encourage and assist students in pursuing academic excellence and leadership roles.
Many colleges and departments offer scholarships to students that are specific to an area of specialization. Please note these listings are updated throughout the year.
For information about graduate fellowships and assistantships, please check the Graduate Studies Financial Assistance web site which is: www.graduate.ucf.edu
Instructions for Downloading Forms you can also find on the website http://finaid.ucf.edu/scholarships/index.html#instr
To search for scholarship suited for you, you can use the University of Florida scholarship search engine. You can search for either a http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/search/
- UF or a
- non-UF scholarship.
SFA Awarded Scholarships
SFA awards and/or administers scholarships, non-endowed and endowed. Students are automatically considered if they:
- Apply for financial aid so that UF receives FAFSA results by the “on-time” deadline of December 15
- 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
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, students must meet the following criteria:
- 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 December 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**
The Benacquisto Scholarship (formally called the Florida Incentive Scholarship or FIS) is a new state sponsored scholarship that was approved in the 2014 legislative session. UF is a participant in the Benacquisto Scholarship program.
To be eligible to receive the Benacquisto Scholarship, a student must:
- Be a Florida resident
- Earn a standard Florida high school diploma or its equivalency
- Enroll full-time in a baccalaureate degree program at a qualifying postsecondary institution
- Initially enroll at the eligible postsecondary institution the fall academic term following high school graduation
Have received :
- a National Merit® $2500 Scholarship
- a National Achievement® $2500 Scholarship
- a Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship®
- a Corporate-sponsored Achievement Scholarship®
- a College-sponsored Merit Scholarship®
- an institutional scholarship of $500 annually, awarded specifically to a National Merit® Finalist
To search for an Endowed and Non-Endowed Scholarships & Fellowships please click here http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/types-of-aid/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.
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.
You can find the list of the academic scholarships in the scholarships page. http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/programs/scholarships/academic-scholarships/
Another set of listing can be found in their scholarship programs page. http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/programs/scholarships/
Read more about the scholarship here http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/academic-scholarships/
The Florida Department of Education offers the Florida Bright Futures Scholarships for high school graduates. Click here for more Information or call (888) 827-2004 prior to your high school graduation.
The Office of Admissions currently offers a limited number of merit-based Presidential scholarships designed for our in-state high-achieving students:
- Presidential Scholarship: $5,000 per year (Fall/Spring, total 4 years)
- Presidential Gold Scholarship: $8,000 per year (Fall/Spring, total 4 years)
- Presidential Platinum Scholarship: $10,000 per year (Fall/Spring, total 4 years)
There is not a separate application for these scholarships; all applicants who apply by the November 1 deadline are considered on the basis of their admission application. Applicants are considered for scholarships using the same holistic and academic criteria used for admission. No additional materials or updated information should be submitted for scholarship review.
While there are no minimum academic criteria for Presidential scholarships, applicants must be classified as a Florida resident for tuition purposes by our February Decision Day.
Past recipients have demonstrated strong academic achievement that falls within the upper middle 50% of our admitted student profile, combined with a diverse and engaged résumé and essay response. However, meeting our profile numbers does not guarantee a scholarship award. If selected for one of our merit-based scholarships, an offer will arrive via email and mail by the beginning of March.
The UF Office of Admissions currently offers a very limited number of merit-based out of state scholarships designed to reduce the out-of-state tuition for out-of-state high-achieving students at the following levels:
- Alumni Scholarship: Up to $8,000 per year (Fall/Spring, total $32,000 4 years)
- Sunshine Scholarship: Up to $16,000 per year (Fall/Spring, total $64,000 4 years)
- Gator Nation Scholarship: Up to $20,000 per year (Fall/Spring, total $80,000 4 years)
There is no separate application for out-of-state scholarships; all applicants who apply by the November 1 deadline are considered on the basis of their admission application. Applicants are considered for scholarships using the same holistic and academic criteria used for admission. No additional materials or updated information should be submitted for scholarship review.
While there are no minimum criteria for the out-of-state scholarships, applicants should be classified as a non-Florida resident for tuition purposes by our February Decision Day.
If your residency classification is updated to Florida after being awarded an out-of-state scholarship, you will no longer be eligible and the award will be rescinded.
Past recipients have typically fallen within the upper middle 50% of our admitted student profile, combined with a diverse and engaged résumé and essay response. However, meeting our profile numbers does not guarantee a scholarship award. If selected for one of our out-of-state scholarships, an offer will arrive via email and mail by the beginning of March.
National Merit Finalists/Benacquisto Scholarship
UF offers a $500 annual scholarship to National Merit® Finalists that indicate UF as their first-choice institution with the National Merit® Corporation. Florida high school graduates who receive a UF-sponsored National Merit® Scholarship are eligible to receive the Benacquisto Scholarship from the Florida Department of Education. Benacquisto Scholars will receive an award equal to the cost of attendance at UF minus the sum of Bright Futures and the National Merit® award.
Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars
The Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars program provides financial resources and individual support with the primary goal of graduating first generation, low-income undergraduate students.
By addressing systemic barriers and challenges, the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars program provides a full grant and scholarship financial aid package as well as a comprehensive support program to ensure students thrive at UF.
To be eligible, students must first be admitted into the University of Florida as a first-year student. Upon completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the December 15th deadline, students are invited to complete the MFOS Supplemental Form if they meet the initial eligibility criteria. Specifically, the program supports students whose annual family income is less than $40,000 and assets are less than $25,000.
Lombardi and Stamps Scholarships
Both the John V. Lombardi Scholarship and the Stamps Scholarship Programs recognize outstanding students from Florida high schools who rank at the top of their class and demonstrate service to the community, extracurricular involvement, leadership and high moral character. The UF Honors Program administers both scholarship opportunities. The application process for high school seniors begins in the fall of each year.
Student Financial Affairs
The Office of Student Financial Affairs (SFA) offers an online search engine that provides information about scholarships available to UF students.
The Southern Scholarship Foundation supplies housing for academically gifted students who need financial assistance to attend college. Applicants must be Florida residents who are willing to work for their college education and who are willing to share the responsibilities of living cooperatively in a house with other students.
Davis United World College Scholars
Students who graduate from one of the United World Colleges (UWC) are eligible for the Davis United World Scholars program, which is the world’s largest, privately funded international scholarship program.
The University of Florida’s partnership with the Davis Foundation helps to attract academically talented world citizens that will enrich the UF undergraduate experience. Qualifying students receive a need based grant up to the full cost of undergraduate tuition for up to eight semesters or until graduation.
The scholarship is limited to non-US citizens who are currently UWC students. Additional benefits include participation in the UF Honors Program. Contact the Program Director Mr. Bill Kolb for more information
While not affiliated with the University of Florida, you may find other ways to fund your education on the following websites:
Currently Enrolled Students
Student Financial Affairs
The Office of Student Financial Affairs (SFA) offers a scholarship search engine that provides information about scholarships available to UF students.
The Honors Program offers select scholarships for currently enrolled Honors students for travel and other support. In addition, the Honors Program supports students interested in applying for prestigious scholarships that fund undergraduate and graduate study such as the Goldwater, Truman, Udall, or Rhodes Scholarship Programs.
Colleges and Academic Departments
Multiple colleges and academic departments on campus have scholarships to offer our currently enrolled students. Contact your advisor or the dean’s office in your college for more information.
Beckman/Provost’s BSP Scholars
A joint award of a Beckman Scholars Award from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation and matching funds from UF allow students to be appointed as Provost’s BSP Scholars. These awards are designed to encourage and support research activities by talented undergraduate students in the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, the biological and medical sciences or some combination of these subjects.
The Office of Undergraduate Affairs offers two scholarships dedicated to Florida transfer students.
The Office of Admissions offers a very limited number of scholarships to entering international freshmen. Admitted international freshmen will be considered for one of the out-of-state scholarships listed above. International students may find additional resources for funding their education on the UF International Center website.
Multiple colleges and academic departments on campus have scholarships to offer graduate students. Contact your advisor or the dean’s office in your college for more information. In addition, the Office of Student Financial Affairs (SFA) offers an online search engine that provides information about scholarships available to UF graduate students.
The university offers scholarships in three military reserve programs; please contact your branch for more information.
- Air Force ROTC – Detachment 150
- Army ROTC – Fightin’ Gator Battalion
- Navy/Marine Corps ROTC
See more here http://www.admissions.ufl.edu/afford/scholarships
Contact information of the University of Central Florida
University of Central Florida
Office of Student Financial Assistance
4000 Central Florida Blvd.
Millican Hall, Room 120
Orlando, FL 32816-0113
Switchboard: (407) 823-2827
Fax: (407) 823-5241
Directions Hotline: (407) 882-0909
UCF Cocoa/Palm Bay Campus: (321) 433-7900
UCF Daytona Beach Campus: (386) 506-4021
UCF Sanford/Lake Mary Campus: (407) 708-2471
UCF South Lake/ Leesburg/ Ocala Campuses: (352) 536-2195
UCF Valencia Osceola Campus: (321) 682-4190
UCF Valencia West Campus: (407) 582-5500