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Types of Aid – Scholarships

Your UWF financial aid package will be made up of a combination of awards depending on your academic standing and your financial need. Awards including scholarships, grants, loans, and federal work-study opportunities are all part of what makes a UWF education affordable.

The scholarship application period is currently open! Please log into the my.uwf scholarship portal and complete your application!


A scholarship is “non-repayable” aid and is awarded on the basis of academic achievement, athletic skills, special talents, and sometimes demonstrated financial need. UWF offers a wide range of scholarships that are awarded to new and continuing undergraduate students.

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UWF Office of Financial aid and Scholarships Information

The UWF Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships awards a limited number of need/merit scholarships to undergraduate students. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required.

  1. Log onto with your UWF username and password.
  2. Search “UWF Scholarship Portal”
  3. Alternatively, you may go directly to the UWF Scholarship application by logging onto with your UWF username and password.
  4. Complete and submit the General Application.
  5. Review your Recommended opportunities (at the top of the UWF Scholarship Application, hover over ‘Opportunities’ and then click, ‘Recommended’).

Some scholarships may ask additional questions specific to that particular scholarship. Click the ‘Apply’ button to answer any remaining questions.

If no action is required on a Recommended scholarship then your General application is all that is required.

UWF Office of Undergraduate Admissions Scholarship Information

Several scholarships will also require the results of the FAFSA to be eligible. The vast majority of scholarships are awarded to students entering during the fall semester; however, scholarships are available for spring term entrants on a limited basis. Some scholarships are renewable and others are one-time awards. Learn more at Admissions Awards and Aid .

Scholarship Consideration: To be considered for any award, first-year students should be admitted prior to December 1. For those scholarships that consider financial need, please submit your FAFSA by March 1.

Renewal Criteria: Generally a 3.0 cumulative UWF GPA is required for renewal. If there is a higher minimum standard and/or credit hour requirement, it will be included in the award notification. Renewable UWF scholarships require continuous, full-time enrollment (excluding summer) at UWF. Students must remain in good academic standing. Once lost due to academics, a scholarship will not be reinstated if GPA improves.

UWF Academic Merit and Departmental Scholarship Information

Some academic departments award merit-based funds. These scholarships are awarded directly by the department. Contact the Dean’s Office in your College for additional information and application procedures. Graduate students may also contact the Graduate School for information on scholarships.

UWF Athletic Scholarship Information

Athletic Scholarships are awarded by the coach of each individual sport. Contact the Athletics Department for information on scholarship availability.

Bright Futures

We are notified of your Bright Futures eligibility when you complete the Florida Financial Aid Application, however you must list UWF as the institution you plan to attend. You may add or update this information on the State of Florida’s website or by calling the State at 1-888-827-2004.

Florida Bright Futures is a merit-based scholarship for Florida residents who graduate from a Florida high school. Contact your high school guidance counselor to determine your eligibility.

  • Florida Academic Scholars (FAS) – 2016-17: $103 per credit hour
  • Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS)- 2016-17: $77 per credit hour
  • Students are required to repay the Bright Futures award for any course withdrawal.

For additional information on Bright Futures, click here .

A FAS or FMS scholarship recipient, who graduates with a baccalaureate degree in seven or fewer semesters, or in 105 semester hours or fewer, may receive funding for one semester of graduate study, not to exceed 15 credit hours paid at the undergraduate rate. Graduate school funding must be used within the student’s five year award timeframe (within five years from high school graduation).

Private Scholarship Search Engines

Private scholarships come from various sources. These may be awarded through your high school, local community, employer, or through diligent research on your part.
There are several websites that allow you to search for scholarships that you may be eligible for. UWF does not encourage you to ever pay for this service because there are quality sites that are free of charge. Please remember that these searches do not guarantee results, but are simply a tool for you to use.

Sending a scholarship check to the University of West Florida

Please provide us with the following information:

Student’s full name

Student s ID number, if known. (Do not include the student s Social Security Number. The University of West Florida has discontinued the use of Social Security Number as primary identifier for students. If Social Security Number is the only known identifier, use only the last 4 digits, e.g. xxx-xx-4321

  • Name of scholarship
  • Contact person s name
  • Address and phone number of agency/contact person
  • Is the scholarship for fall and spring semesters or one semester only? If the donor does not specify, we will split awards of $1,000 or more between fall and spring semesters
  • Is the student required to be enrolled full-time? We can set the scholarship account to pay full-time, three-quarter time, or half time, or less, depending on the donor s requirements.
  • Send the scholarship payable to:

    University of West Florida

    Financial Aid Office Building 18

    11000 University Parkway

    Pensacola, Florida 32514

    Note: We are unable to send grade transcripts to donors from our office. However, students can request an official transcript for a fee, or print an unofficial transcript via Go to and login using your uwf username and password, then search transcript request.

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