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Freshman Scholarships

UWF Admissions offers generous academic merit scholarships, including opportunities to compete for full tuition, on-campus housing and meal plans. If you are a National Merit Finalist, we’ve got you covered with a full-ride scholarship that includes an undergraduate research or study abroad opportunity.

Automatic-Consideration Scholarships

Admissions Academic Merit Scholarship Consideration
Total/Annual AwardTest ScoresHigh School GPA
Florida and Alabama Out of State SAT or ACT (Cumulative Weighted)
$16,000 / ($4,000) $32,000 / ($8,000) 1400+ or 31+ 4.10+
$12,000 / ($3,000) $24,000 / ($6,000) 1260-1390 or 27-30 3.80-4.09
$8,000 / ($2,000) $8,000 / ($2,000) 1160-1250 or 24-26 3.50-3.79

Admissions Academic Merit Scholarship

In order to be considered for this scholarship, a student must have a completed application file by the Dec. 1, 2021, Scholarship Priority Consideration Deadline. An application file is complete when UWF has received the student's application, Self-reported Student Academic Record (SSAR), and ACT/SAT scores and subscores. A completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is encouraged. Students are encouraged to submit all materials before the deadline, as the transfer of information to UWF may take several business days.

Admissions Academic Merit Scholarships (also called Academic Excellence, Nautilus and Argonaut Awards) cumulative awards are based on GPA and test scores. Awards vary and may total $6,000-$20,000 divided over a four-year period. Students who are awarded a merit-based admissions scholarship will be notified in December. 

In addition to SAT combined or ACT composite scores, additional subject-area scores are required, and students must meet all minimum requirements for admission. Awards and requirements are subject to change annually. Eligibility is not a guarantee of an award. Students who are awarded a merit-based admissions scholarship will be notified upon admission. For more information, talk to an admissions counselor.

Admissions Academic Merit Scholarship FAQs
  • What are direct costs? Direct costs are charges associated directly with attending UWF: tuition and mandatory fees, on-campus housing and meal plans. They do not include such items as a parking pass.
  • I was awarded the Admissions Merit Scholarship and Florida Bright Futures. Will I receive both? Students who live on campus will have the full value of their award and Florida Bright Futures scholarships applied to their tuition and fees, on-campus housing, and meal plan costs. The Florida Bright Futures scholarship applies directly to tuition and fees. The Admissions Merit Scholarship will cover any remaining University expenses, specifically on-campus housing and meal plans, up to the value of your award. If any funds remain, then you will receive an $800 per semester textbook stipend.
  • If I am also receiving any private scholarships or federal funds (grants and/or loans), will I still receive my Admissions Merit Scholarship? Yes. The Admissions Merit Scholarship is a University award and will be applied first to your direct costs. Any remaining balance will be covered by your private scholarships/federal funds. If any awards remain once your bill is covered, they will be disbursed to you per University guidelines. For more information on disbursement of remaining aid, please contact Student Accounts.

Pace Presidential Scholarship* | Value: $50,000+

Select Florida resident students invited to President's Scholarship Competition will compete for the Pace Presidential Scholarship. Recipients are among UWF's Top Scholars. Students must complete their applications by the Dec. 1, 2021, Scholarship Priority Consideration Deadline in order to be considered. Invitations to the competition will be distributed in December for qualifying students who meet the Scholarship Priority Consideration Deadline. The Pace Presidential Scholarship, in conjunction with Florida Bright Futures, covers tuition, mandatory fees, a meal plan, on-campus housing, an $800 per-semester book stipend, and a one-time paid research or study abroad experience valued at up to $1,500. The award will not exceed direct costs. 

Students who do not receive the Pace Presidential Scholarship will maintain their original Admissions Academic Merit Scholarship.

National Merit Finalist Scholarship

National Merit Finalist Scholarship | Value: $50,000+

National Merit Finalists are among our Top Scholars and will be awarded full tuition and mandatory fees, a meal plan, on-campus housing, an $800 per-semester textbook stipend, and a one-time paid research or study abroad experience valued at up to $1,500. Admitted students must send a copy of their National Merit Finalist letter to There is no priority deadline to be considered for the UWF National Merit Finalist Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded only to finalists who attend UWF their first semester in college. For more information, interested National Merit Finalists may contact Senior Coordinator of New Student Recruitment Grace Tennyson.

Application-Required Scholarships

Students must apply separately for the Argo Spirit Scholarship and UWF Admissions Foundation Scholarships. Interested applicants must complete their application and submit their FAFSA no later than April 1 to be eligible to apply for these scholarships. Applications for these awards open in early spring.

Argo Spirit Scholarship | Value: $50,000+

This full-ride, competitive scholarship is for Pell Grant-eligible, first-time-in-college Florida resident students who have shown strength of character, or “Argo Spirit,” by overcoming obstacles, fighting for something important, or making an impact while in high school. This can be in the form of leadership, family contribution, or community engagement. The application includes a video essay. High school GPA and standardized test scores are not taken into consideration. Winners will be awarded full tuition, on-campus housing, a meal plan, and an $800 per-semester book stipend. In order to be considered, students must complete the FAFSA and Argo Spirit Scholarship application and be admitted no later than April 1, 2022.

Argo Spirit Application

Pensacola Pledge Scholarship | Value: Up to $16,000

Sponsored by Quint and Rishy Studer, the Pensacola Pledge Scholarship is for first-time-in-college students graduating from high school in Escambia County or Santa Rosa County in Florida who plan to attend UWF in the fall semester that follows their high school graduation. Students must complete their UWF application and apply for the scholarship by April 1 to be considered.

Pensacola Pledge Application

Admissions Foundation Scholarships | Value: Amounts Vary

Through generous support from alumni, friends, corporations, foundations, and others, UWF is able to offer various foundation scholarship opportunities. Applications are available through the UWF Scholarship Portal in MyUWF. Admissions Foundation Scholarships are only offered for students beginning in summer/fall, and the application deadline is June 1, 2022.

UWF Scholarship Portal

Military Affiliated

Military-Affiliated Scholarships and Waivers

UWF's Military and Veterans Resource Center awards several military-affiliated scholarships and provides information on other scholarships available to active duty, veterans and their dependents. Available waivers include the Purple Heart Waiver, which waives tuition and fees for Florida military veterans who received a Purple Heart or combat decoration that is “superior in precedence;" out-of-state waivers; and the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant.

Military and Veterans Resource Center

Renewal Criteria

Some scholarships are renewable, and others are one-time awards. Generally, a 3.00 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 of 15+ credit hours, excluding summer, at UWF with good academic standing. Students must also complete at least 30 credit hours per academic year. Once lost due to academics, a scholarship will not be reinstated if GPA improves.

All freshman admissions scholarships are applicable for eight consecutive semesters (fall and spring only) or upon undergraduate degree completion, whichever comes first, so long as renewal requirements are maintained.