Freshmen Scholarships

Students must apply by December 10 to receive maximum scholarship consideration. Please note that the Office of Undergraduate Admissions can only award students with one merit-based admissions scholarship.


Automatic Consideration

When students apply for admission, they are automatically considered for the following awards.  However, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions can only award students with one of these merit-based scholarships.

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

Awarded through the President's Scholarship Competition.  In conjunction with Florida Bright Futures (if applicable) and Financial Aid, this scholarship covers tuition, room and board, and a $600 book stipend.  Award amount will not exceed direct costs.

All students who attend the competition and are not awarded the Pace Presidential Scholarship will still receive an Admissions Merit Scholarship. 

*Students who join the Kugelman Honors Program will also receive a research stipend as a part of their scholarship award. For more information on Honors, please visit uwf.edu/honors

National Merit Finalists | Value: $50,000+ 

Students who are a National Merit Finalist will be awarded full tuition, room and board, $600 per semester book stipend, and a research stipend.  Admitted students must send a copy of their National Merit Finalist letter to admissions@uwf.edu for consideration by the scholarship deadline.

Admissions Scholarships (Nautilus and Argonaut Awards) | Value: Amounts Vary

Deadline for Consideration:  December 1

Total /Annual Student AwardTest ScoresHigh School GPA
Florida and Alabama Out-of-State SAT or ACT (Cumulative Weighted)
$20,000 ($5,000/yr) $32,000 ($8,000/yr) 1350+ or 29+ 4.00+
$16,000 ($4,000/yr) $24,000 ($6,000/yr) 1240-1340 or 26-28 3.80 - 3.99
$12,000 ($3,000/yr) $12,000 ($3,000/yr) 1160-1230 or 24-26 3.5 - 3.79

Research/Study Abroad Stipends | Value: up to $3,500

Awarded through the President's Scholarship Competition.  Students invited to compete will be competing for research/study abroad stipends to support them in their undergraduate experience.  


Admissions Merit Scholarship FAQs

What is a direct cost?

Direct costs are charges associated directly with the University of West Florida. This includes tuition and fees, housing, and meal plans. This does not include items such as the Parking Pass however.

I have received both the Admissions Merit Scholarship and FL Bright Futures. Will I receive both?

Yes, you will receive the full value of both awards if you are living on-campus and have a meal plan.

Will I receive the Admissions Merit Scholarship and FL Bright Futures if I am living on-campus?

Yes. Students who elect to live on-campus will have the full value of their award and FL Bright Futures scholarships applied to their tuition and fees, on-campus housing, and meal plan costs.

Will I receive the Admissions Merit Scholarship and FL Bright Futures if I am living off-campus?

Since the FL Bright Futures scholarship will apply directly to your tuition and fee costs, the Admissions Merit Scholarship will cover any remaining university expenses you may have up to the value of your award. If this is not the full scholarship, you will receive a $600 per semester book stipend.

Will I receive the Admissions Merit Scholarship and FL Bright Futures if I am living off-campus but have a meal plan?

Since the FL Bright Futures scholarship will apply directly to your tuition and fee costs, the Admissions Merit Scholarship will cover any remaining university expenses you may have up to the value of your award. If you have a meal plan, the scholarship will be applied toward this expense up to the value of your award. Additionally, if any funds remain, you will receive the $600 per semester book 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. Any direct costs toward tuition and fees, on-campus housing, and meal plans will be covered by this award first and then any remaining balance will be covered by your private scholarships/federal funds. If any awards remaining once your bill is covered, they will be disbursed to your per university guidelines. For more information on disbursement of remaining aid, please contact Student Accounts at uwf.edu/studentaccounts.


 

Application Required

Students must apply separately for these scholarship opportunities.

Argo Spirit Scholarship

This full-ride, competitive scholarship will be awarded to five admitted, first-time in college students that have shown strength in character, or "Argo Spirit". Argo Spirit involves overcoming obstacles, fighting for something important, and making an impact while in high school. This can be in the form of leadership, family contribution, community engagement, etc. In order to be considered for this award, you must complete the Argo Spirit Scholarship Application (available starting January 1), be a Florida Resident, and be admitted to UWF no later than April 1. 

Winners will be notified by April 15.

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.  To apply, complete an application by March 1.

Several scholarships will also require the results of the FAFSA to be eligible.  The vast majority of scholarships are awarded to students entering during the fall semester; however, scholarships are available for spring term entrants on a limited basis.  Some scholarships are renewable and others are one-time awards.

Scholarship Consideration:  To be considered for any award, first-year students should be admitted prior to December 1.

Renewal Criteria:  Generally a 3.0 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 (excluding summer) at UWF with good academic standing.  Once lost due to academics, a scholarship will not be reinstated if GPA improves.

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Pensacola Pledge Scholars Scholarship | Value: up to $24,000 Over 4 Years

For freshmen students who attend a high school in Escambia or Santa Rosa County planning to enroll at UWF the fall semester preceding their graduation from high school are eligible to apply.  Students must have applied to the University and submitted an application for the Pensacola Pledge Scholarship by April 10 to be considered.

Learn more about the Pensacola Pledge Scholars Scholarship Program and apply.


Argo 30 Guarantee 

This grant may be awarded to all undergraduate Florida residents who are full-time Pell Grant-eligible and working toward their first undergraduate degree. The grant will cover all tuition and fees not covered by other grants or scholarships (up to 30 credit hours).