Each year, the Alumni Association presents more than 100 scholarships and over $90,000 to UMass students.  View the 2014 recipients.

Student Scholarships & Awards

Student Scholarships

Students may apply directly for the following scholarships by February 14:

Leaders in the Making - 2 Recipients of $2,000 Scholarships
The Leaders in the Making Scholarship was established to support students that have diverse records of achievement in academics, volunteerism and leadership and are student role models.
Criteria: Sophomore or Junior, minimum 3.0 GPA
Applications are now closed.

Life Members Internship Scholarship - 2 Recipients of $2,000 Scholarships
The Life Member Internship Scholarship was created to help defray the costs an summer, unpaid internship for undergraduate students.
Criteria: Freshman, Sophomore or Junior, minimum 3.0 GPA
Applications are now closed.

Robert B. Collins ’19 Student Alumni Association (SAA) Scholarship – 1 Recipient of $1,000 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.
Criteria: Freshman, Sophomore or Junior, Active SAA Member
Applications are now closed.

Alumni Merit-Based Student Alumni Association (SAA) Scholarship – 1 Recipient of $750 Scholarship
The Alumni Merit-Based SAA Scholarship recognizes a Student Alumni Association member who demonstrates outstanding leadership in the Student Alumni Association and within the larger university community.
Criteria: Freshman, Sophomore or Junior, Active SAA Member
Applications are now closed.

Michael W. Morris Scholarship - 1 Recipient of $1,500 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.
Criteria: Freshman, Sophomore or Junior, minimum 2.5 GPA, Lawrence or Lowell Area Resident
Applications are now closed.

The David R. Nunez ’03 Scholarship for Community Service and Leadership – 1 Recipient of $1,000 for 2 consecutive years
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.
Criteria: Freshman, Sophomore or Junior, minimum 2.5 GPA
Applications: Next application period during Spring 2015 semester.

The following are selected by Deans, Honors and Awards Committees and the Office of Financial Aid:

Student Awards

Senior Leadership Award – 10 Recipients of $500 Awards
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. The recipients are selected by the Deans of the schools and colleges.

William F. Field Alumni Scholars – 56 Recipients of $750 Scholarships
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. The recipients are selected by the Deans of the schools and colleges.

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 recipients are selected by a committee and the awards are presented during the Undergraduate Commencement celebrations each May. Nominate here.

Mary Killeen Bennett ’93 EdD Book Fund2 Recipients of $500 Awards
Mary Killeen Bennett ’93 EdD 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.  The recipients are selected by the Office of Financial Aid.

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