Student Scholarships & Awards
Leaders in the Making
The Leaders in the Making Scholarship was established to support the pursuits of promising sophomores and juniors. Recipients have diverse records of achievement in scholarship and volunteerism, and are student role models.
Life Members Scholarship for Internships
The Life Member Scholarship for Internships was created by the Alumni Association to defray the costs of internships for UMass Amherst students. The program was designed to support the academic and career pursuits of commendable students from diverse campus populations whose records suggest that they will develop into alumni with admirable leadership qualities upon graduation.
Robert B. Collins ’19 Student Alumni Association Scholarship
The Robert B. Collins ’19 SAA Scholarship was established through a bequest to provide scholarship assistance to active members of the Student Alumni Association who also have strong academic records.
Alumni Merit-Based SAA Scholarship
The Alumni Merit-Based Scholarship recognizes a Student Alumni Association member who demonstrates outstanding leadership in the Student Alumni Association and within the larger university community.
William F. Field Alumni Scholars
The William F. Field Alumni Scholars Program was established in 1976 to recognize and honor third-year students for their academic achievements at UMass Amherst. The program was named in honor of William F. Field, the university’s first Dean of Students, for his outstanding support of academic excellence and his personal commitment to bringing out the best in every student.
Michael W. Morris Scholarship
The Michael W. Morris Scholarship helps make the dream of a UMass Amherst education a reality to worthy students from Lowell or Lawrence, MA. The scholarship is named in honor of Lawrence native and longtime UMass Amherst champion, Michael W. Morris ’63, who served as president of the Alumni Association and remains a vital and active alumni ambassador. Applications are available to undergraduate students in the Lawrence and Lowell area during the spring semester.
The David R. Nunez ’03 Scholarship for Community Service and Leadership was created in honor of the late David R. Nunez, an outstanding student leader at UMass Amherst. David served as Student Government President, worked in Residential Life and was a member of ALANA Affairs. David’s greatest passion was equal access to higher education and keeping UMass Amherst affordable. Recipients demonstrate a strong commitment to community service and student leadership.
Mary Killeen Bennett ’93MEd Book Fund was established by the UMass Amherst Alumni Association in memory of the late Mary Killeen Bennett, a passionate advocate for UMass Amherst and leader in the Pioneer Valley. The fund provides financial support for graduates of public high school in the Pioneer Valley who are in their first year at UMass Amherst and unable to meet the anticipated cost of textbooks.
21st Century Leaders Award
The 21st Century Leaders Award recognizes graduating seniors who are academically accomplished and who have contributed to the university by exceptional achievement or have enhanced the reputation of the campus. The recipients are nominated by faculty for strong leadership qualities; noteworthy original research; community service; the achievement of success by overcoming extraordinary personal circumstances, or public presentation through art, performance or athletic ability. The awards are presented during the Undergraduate Commencement celebrations each May.
Senior Leadership Award
The Senior Leadership Award recognizes graduating seniors who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the UMass Amherst community. Award recipients have distinguished themselves through important contributions to student organizations and campus jobs, through academic excellence, and through public and community service.