UCONN

UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT

Undergraduate Admissions

Merit Scholarships

UConn has a series of renewable merit scholarships for high school seniors with a record of high academic achievement and leadership. Students participating in the Guaranteed Admission Program also have a unique opportunity available through the President-to-President Scholarship.

Incoming freshmen are automatically considered for most merit scholarships administered by the University of Connecticut with the exception of the Nutmeg and Day of Pride scholarships, which require a school counselor nomination. UConn Promise Grants are reserved for Hartford and New Haven Promise Scholars.

Offers of merit scholarships are reserved for U.S. permanent residents and citizens and are generally awarded for fall semester entry.

Available to Connecticut residents only

Full Scholarship (some restrictions may apply)

The Nutmeg Scholarship honors the exceptional accomplishments of Connecticut high school seniors. All semifinalists and finalists in the National Achievement Scholarship Program, the National Hispanic Recognition Program, and the National Merit Semifinalist Competition, in addition to outstanding students from every Connecticut high school may be nominated to apply. Nominations will be made by the Guidance Counselor's Office at each Connecticut high school. To be eligible for nomination, the student must be a Connecticut resident graduating from a Connecticut high school. The undergraduate admissions application must be completed by November 1, 2016. Selection is highly competitive.

Available to Connecticut residents only

Full Scholarship (some restrictions may apply)

Day of Pride Scholarships are awarded to outstanding Connecticut high school seniors from disadvantaged backgrounds who have proven academic ability as demonstrated through high school grades, test scores, class rank, and letters of recommendation. In addition to a commitment to diversity and multiculturalism, demonstrated leadership, and contributions to their community, students should have documented financial need. Nominations will be made by the Guidance Counselor's Office at each Connecticut high school. To be eligible for nomination, the student must be a Connecticut resident graduating from a Connecticut high school. The undergraduate admissions application must be completed by November 1, 2016. Awards are based upon a very competitive selection process.

Available to Connecticut residents only

Full Support Scholarship (tuition, room and board, fees, books, transportation, miscellaneous).  Funding for enrichment experiences (up to $12,000 per student).

In 2006, philanthropists Penny and E. Roe Stamps IV began merit scholarship programs at their university alma maters. The success of those initial gifts led to partnerships with various universities across the nation, providing millions of dollars in support to high-achieving undergraduate students. The University of Connecticut is proud to be a Stamps Family Charitable Foundation partner.

Stamps Scholars Awards are awarded to exceptional Connecticut high school seniors. To be eligible for this award, students must be a resident of Connecticut and qualify for the Nutmeg or Day of Pride scholarship. Nutmeg and Day of Pride Scholars will be submitted for review by the University of Connecticut. Selected students will have a required interview with the Admissions staff and the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation. The undergraduate admissions application as well as all required documents for the Nutmeg or Day of Pride scholarship must be completed by November 1, 2016. Selection is highly competitive.

Students awarded the Stamps Scholars Award will be guaranteed admissions to UConn's highly selective Honors Program and have access to other opportunities such as the University Scholar Program, guidance for professional school admission (law and medicine/dental medicine), special cohort programs, support while competing for national scholarships, undergraduate research, and becoming a global citizen, just to name a few. Students will also gain membership into the national network of Stamps Scholars.

Available only to Connecticut students

Merit-based Scholarship (renewable for 4 years; valued at a fixed amount determined on a yearly basis) plus a one-time $2,500 Enrichment Award

Students who rank number one or two in their graduating class will be considered for the Presidential Scholars Award. An additional one-time Enrichment Award is made available to allow the Presidential Scholar to engage in educationally or professionally enriching activities. For details on how the Enrichment Award may be used, visit http://presidentialscholars.uconn.edu/eligibility/. Priority consideration will be given to those who complete the application by December 1. To be eligible for nomination, the student must be a Connecticut resident graduating from a Connecticut high school.

Some restrictions may apply.

Available to in-state and out-of-state applicants

Merit-based Scholarship (renewable for 4 years; valued at a fixed amount determined on a yearly basis)

Students who rank in the top of their graduating class and/or have achieved a competitive high school grade point average with a minimum combined critical reading and math SAT and/or ACT Composite score determined by the Undergraduate Admissions Office will be considered for an Academic Excellence Scholarship. Priority consideration will be given to those who complete the application by December 1.

Available to in-state and out-of-state applicants

Merit-based Scholarship (renewable for 4 years; valued at a fixed amount determined on a yearly basis)

Students who rank in the top of their graduating class and/or have achieved a competitive high school grade point average with a minimum combined critical reading and math SAT and/or ACT Composite score determined by the Undergraduate Admissions Office will be considered for the Leadership Scholarship. In addition, students must have demonstrated a commitment to multicultural diversity programs and initiatives through their leadership, special talents, and achievements in school and/or community to qualify. Priority consideration will be given to those who complete the application by December 1.

Available to in-state and out-of-state applicants

Merit-based Scholarship (renewable for 4 years; valued at a fixed amount determined on a yearly basis)

Students who rank in the top of their graduating class, have chosen to major in a STEM discipline, and have achieved a minimum combined critical reading and math SAT and/or ACT Composite score determined by the Undergraduate Admissions Office will be considered for a STEM Scholarship. Students must demonstrate extraordinary involvement in a STEM field. Scholarship recipients will be members of UConn’s Honors Program and STEM Scholars community. Priority consideration will be given to those who complete the application by December 1.

Available to in-state and out-of-state applicants

Merit-based Scholarship (renewable for 4 years; valued at a fixed amount determined on a yearly basis)

Students who rank in the top of their graduating class and/or have achieved a competitive high school grade point average with a minimum combined critical reading and math SAT and/or ACT Composite score determined by the Undergraduate Admissions Office will be considered for the UConn Award. Priority consideration will be given to those who complete the application by December 1. 

Available to New Haven Promise Scholars

This grant is a renewable fixed amount for eight semesters of full-time undergraduate study contingent upon meeting the terms and conditions set by the University and New Haven Promise. To be eligible, a student must be recognized as a New Haven Promise Scholar and gain admission to the University of Connecticut on their own merit. Recipients must enroll at UConn for the academic year immediately following graduation from New Haven Public Schools. Submission of the FAFSA by March 1 is required of all UConn New Haven Promise Grant recipients. UConn’s standard renewal criteria will apply to the UConn New Haven Promise Grant as detailed in the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy. The UConn New Haven Promise Grant cannot be combined with additional UConn scholarships awarded by Undergraduate Admissions. Students who are eligible for UConn Admissions scholarships that exceed the UConn New Haven Promise Grant will have the higher of the two award amounts applied as credit to their University bill. The terms and conditions may be revised on an annual basis. 

Available to Hartford Promise Scholars

This grant is a renewable fixed amount for eight semesters of full-time undergraduate study contingent upon meeting the terms and conditions set by the University and Hartford Promise. To be eligible, a student must be recognized as a Hartford Promise Scholar and gain admission to the University of Connecticut on their own merit. Recipients must enroll at UConn for the academic year immediately following graduation from Hartford Public Schools. Submission of the FAFSA by March 1 is required of all UConn Hartford Promise Grant recipients. UConn’s standard renewal criteria will apply to the UConn Hartford Promise Grant as detailed in the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy. The UConn Hartford Promise Grant cannot be combined with additional UConn scholarships awarded by Undergraduate Admissions. Students who are eligible for UConn Admissions scholarships that exceed the UConn Hartford Promise Grant will have the higher of the two award amounts applied as credit to their University bill. The terms and conditions may be revised on an annual basis. 

Available to San Marcos Promise Scholars

This scholarship is a renewable fixed amount for four years of full-time undergraduate study contingent upon meeting the terms and conditions set by the University and San Marcos Promise. To be eligible, a student must satisfy all PACE Promise academic benchmarks, be accepted to a STEM major as defined by UConn, and meet the criteria for admission as a STEM Scholar. Recipients must enroll at UConn for the academic year immediately following high school graduation. Submission of the FAFSA by March 1 is required of all San Marcos Promise Scholarship recipients. UConn’s standard renewal criteria will apply to the San Marcos Promise Scholarship as detailed in the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy. The San Marcos Promise Scholarship cannot be combined with additional UConn scholarships awarded by Undergraduate Admissions. Students who are eligible for UConn Admissions scholarships that exceed the San Marcos Promise Scholarship will have the higher of the two award amounts applied as credit to their University bill. The terms and conditions may be revised on an annual basis. 

Available to Guaranteed Admission Program (GAP) Participants

Merit-based Scholarship (renewable for 2 years (4 semesters); valued at a fixed amount determined on a yearly basis)

Connecticut Community College students who are participants of the Guaranteed Admission Program (GAP), meet the criteria specific to their desired majors, and have earned an associate degree in a liberal arts transfer program will be considered for the President-to-President Scholarship. Students must be nominated by their community college GAP advisors, and approved by their respective community college president to qualify. Full-time enrollment at UConn is required of President-to-President Scholarship recipients.

Merit Scholarship Policies and Conditions