New Directions Scholarship

New Directions is a four-year renewable scholarship for incoming new freshmen enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program with an intended major in the College of Letters & Science. Strong applicants will have a high school GPA of 3.75 or higher, strong writing skills as demonstrated on the application, and an array of high school activities.

Applications are accepted each year between October and December for high school seniors who are entering UWM the following fall as a freshman. E.G. high school seniors would apply in November 2022 if they are starting college in September 2023. *The priority deadline to apply is December 15; *applications will continue to be accepted after that and considered only if additional funding is available.

Applicants must have an intended major in the College of Letters & Science. See our website to check that your intended major is within the College of Letters & Science.

The application is in three parts:

  1. Complete the UWM Panther Scholarship Portal General Application
  2. Complete the College of Letters & Science Scholarships and Awards Application which consists of just one item – upload a copy of your high school transcript showing your most recent grades
  3. Complete the New Directions Application which includes an essay

Students who complete the New Directions scholarship application will automatically be considered for all other freshmen scholarships offered by the College of Letters & Science.

Multiple Donors
Varies up to $2,500 per year renewable for four years
Schools, Colleges, Departments, and Areas
College of Letters and Science, New Freshman Scholarships
Supplemental Questions
  1. Malala Yousafzai said, “It is very important to know who you are. To make decisions. To show who you are.” In no more than 2 pages, tell us who you are and who you aspire to be. What do you want us to know about you that isn't reflected in other parts of this application?
  2. Please upload a copy of your transcript, unofficial transcripts are acceptable.