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Types of Aid - Scholarships

A scholarship is nonrepayable aid awarded on the basis of academic achievement, athletic skills, special talents, and sometimes demonstrated financial need.

UWF encourages students to initially seek non-loan financial aid options such as grants and/or scholarships if eligibility exists.

Your UWF aid package is a combination of awards depending on your academic standing, grade level, residency status, dependency status, Cost of Attendance and financial need. Financial Aid Package Offers may include scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study that are all part of what makes a UWF education affordable.


A scholarship is "non-repayable" aid and is awarded on the basis of academic achievement, athletic skills, special talents, and sometimes demonstrated financial need. UWF offers a wide range of scholarships that are awarded to new and continuing undergraduate students.

Cost Calculator

The Cost Calculator is designed to help you estimate your financial aid options for University of West Florida. The average time to complete a full estimate is between 3-5 minutes. When you need help, feel free to speak to your admissions counselor or contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at or 850.474.2230.

The UWF Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships awards a limited number of need/merit scholarships to undergraduate students. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is recommended. 

  1. Log in to MyUWF with your UWF username and password.
  2. Search "UWF Scholarship Portal"
  3. Alternatively, you may go directly to the UWF Scholarship Portal by logging in to with your UWF username and password. 
  4. Complete and submit the General Application.
  5. Review your Recommended opportunities. At the top of the UWF Scholarship Application, hover over "Opportunities," and then click "Recommended."
    • Some scholarships may ask additional questions specific to that particular scholarship. Click the "Apply" button to answer any remaining questions.
    • If no action is required on a recommended scholarship, then your General Application is all that is required. 
  6. Additional instructions on the Portal may be found here: Submitting an Application through the Scholarship Portal.

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. Learn more at Admissions Awards and Scholarships.

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. Students must remain in good academic standing. Once lost due to academics, a scholarship will not be reinstated if GPA improves.

 Some academic departments award merit-based funds. These scholarships are awarded directly by the department. Contact the Dean's Office in your College for additional information and application procedures. Graduate students may also contact the Graduate School for information on scholarships.

Athletic Scholarships are awarded by the coach of each individual sport. Contact the Athletics Department for information on scholarship availability.

We are notified of your Bright Futures eligibility when you complete the Florida Financial Aid Application, however you must list UWF as the institution you plan to attend. You may add or update this information on Florida's Bright Futures site or by calling 888.827.2004.

Florida Bright Futures is a merit-based scholarship for Florida residents who graduate from a Florida high school. Contact your high school guidance counselor to determine your eligibility. 

  • Florida Academic Scholars (FAS) - $211.23 per credit hour (fall/spring/summer) 
  • Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS) - $158.42 per credit hour (fall/spring/summer)
  • Students are required to repay the Bright Futures award for any course withdrawal.

For additional information visit our Bright Futures page.

An FAS or FMS scholarship recipient who graduates with a baccalaureate degree in seven or fewer semesters, or in 105 semester hours or fewer, may receive funding for one semester of graduate study, not to exceed 15 credit hours paid at the undergraduate rate. Graduate school funding must be used within the student's five-year award timeframe (within five years from high school graduation).

The University of West Florida offers scholarships to military and veteran students. To see the scholarships that you may qualify for, please visit the UWF Military and Veterans Resource Center and click on "Scholarships and Waivers."

Private scholarships come from various sources. These may be awarded through your high school, local community, employer, or through diligent research on your part. There are several websites that allow you to search for scholarships that you may be eligible for. UWF does not encourage you to ever pay for this service because there are quality sites that are free of charge. Please remember that these searches do not guarantee results, but are simply a tool for you to use.

Please provide us with the following information:

  • Student's full name
  • Student's ID number, if known. Do not include the student's Social Security Number. UWF has discontinued the use of the SSN as primary identifier for students. If the SSN is the only known identifier, use only the last 4 digits, e.g., xxx-xx-4321
  • Name of scholarship
  • Contact person's name
  • Address and phone number of agency/contact person
  • Is the scholarship for fall and spring semesters or one semester only? If the donor does not specify, we will split awards of $1,000 or more between fall and spring semesters.
  • Is the student required to be enrolled full-time? We can set the scholarship account to pay full-time, three-quarter time, or half time, or less, depending on the donor's requirements.

Send the scholarship payable to:

University of West Florida
Financial Aid Office, Building 18
11000 University Parkway
Pensacola, FL 32514

Note: We are unable to send grade transcripts to donors from our office. However, students can request an official transcript for a fee, or print an unofficial transcript via MyUWF by logging in with their UWF username and password, then searching Transcript Request. 

Army ROTC Scholarship

  • Two-, three-, and four-year scholarships are available based on the time remaining to complete your degree.
  • Full-tuition scholarships.
  • The option for room and board in place of tuition, if you should qualify.
  • Additional allowance for books ($1,200 yearly).
  • Monthly living allowances ($420 monthly) for each school year — this allowance is also available to all non-scholarship cadets enrolled in the Army ROTC Advanced Course (third and fourth years).


  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be at least 17 and under 31 in year of commissioning.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Have an unweighted high school GPA of at least 2.50 if you're in high school while applying.
  • Have taken the SAT or ACT.
  • Take the Army Combat Fitness Test.
  • Meet physical and medical standards.
  • Agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard.


  • Serve full time in the Army for four years
  • Selected cadets may choose to serve part time in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career

This scholarship application is not through the UWF Scholarship Portal. To apply, contact Lt. Col. John Brake at 850.474.2323 or to initiate the application process. This application does not have a deadline. Applications are accepted throughout the year.