Types of Scholarships
Scholarships are gift funds that are awarded to students based on academic merit; special talents, interests, or qualities; financial need; or other criteria defined by the sponsoring organization or donor. The types and sources of scholarships that are typically awarded to eligible University of Michigan students are listed on this page, along with links to sources of more detailed information. 

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The University of Michigan Office of Financial Aid administers a variety of scholarship programs that recognize superior academic achievement, leadership qualities, and potential to contribute to the scholarly community of the university. Some scholarships are awarded based partly on financial need and others reflect the university’s commitment to achieving a diverse student body. 

Scholarships administered by the U-M Office of Financial Aid are listed on the U-M Office of Financial Aid Scholarship Listing page. The majority of these scholarships are awarded automatically to eligible students upon admission, and no application is required beyond the application for admission. Those that do require an additional application or information are highlighted. Students should also complete a scholarship profile on Wolverine Access to ensure that they are considered for all possible scholarships.

Please note that to be considered for scholarships that are awarded to students with financial need, you must also apply for financial aid by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and a CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE. For information about how to apply for aid, see How to Apply for Aid.  

Be sure to apply early for admission to U-M. And if you feel you may need financial assistance, apply for financial aid early too. In general, equal consideration for scholarships is given to eligible students who:
  • have been admitted to U-M by February 1 (note that a few scholarships have different deadlines), and
  • have applied for financial aid by April 30 (to be considered for need-based scholarships).

Community College Transfer Students: A limited number of university scholarships are offered specifically to students transferring to the University of Michigan from community colleges in Michigan. For more information, see the Transfer Students page.

Graduate Students: The Office of Financial Aid administers only a few scholarships for graduate students (see the U-M Office of Financial Aid Scholarship Listing). The main sources of U-M graduate student scholarship/fellowship opportunities are your U-M school, college, or department (see below) and the Rackham Graduate School. You may also find non-university (private) scholarship opportunities for graduate students on our Private Scholarships page. If you plan to study abroad, the U-M International Institute lists a number of funding opportunities for graduate and professional school students.


University of Michigan schools, colleges, and departments administer their own scholarships and some may require separate application. For more information, contact the financial aid offices of the individual schools and colleges or your academic department: 

Note: U-M school, college, and departmental deadlines and notification dates vary. The schools, colleges, and departments notify students directly if they are awarded one of these scholarships.

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University of Michigan Alumni Clubs throughout the country provide scholarships and awards for University of Michigan students from their communities. Scholarships are awarded to undergraduates on the basis of academic achievement, financial need, and community service, and their amounts vary.

For more information about these scholarships, contact the U-M alumni clubs directly. For a list of local U-M clubs, see the U-M Alumni Association's website.


The State of Michigan administers a small number of scholarships for Michigan resident undergraduates. For more information, see the State of Michigan website. Or visit the following scholarship sites:

Non-Michigan residents should investigate scholarship opportunities offered by their home states.

Many private scholarships are offered each year by a variety of corporate, professional, trade, governmental, civic, religious, social and fraternal organizations. The amounts of the scholarships range from small honorariums to thousands of dollars.
See our Private Scholarships page for a listing of some of these scholarships and how to apply for them. The page also includes information and links to free private scholarship search services. Applying for private scholarships is time-consuming, so start as early as your junior year of high school. Breaks from school are good times to spend on your search. 
Information about scholarships can be found on our Study Abroad Scholarships page.  For general information about how to apply for financial aid for study abroad, see the Students Studying Abroad page.

Visit the U-M Provost's Office website for information about the following distinguished scholarships and others:
  • Beinecke Brothers Memorial Scholarship
  • Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Fellowships
  • Churchill Scholarship
  • Fulbright Scholarship
  • Goldwater Scholarship
  • Luce Scholarship
  • Marshall Scholarship
  • Mitchell Scholarship
  • Rhodes Scholarship
  • Truman Scholarship
  • Udall Scholarship

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