Prospective Students

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Admitted incoming freshmen are considered for all LSA need-based and merit scholarships based on their admissions application. A separate scholarship application does not exist.  The LSA Scholarship Office will match eligible students to specific LSA scholarships and will notify the student of their scholarship award. Students must complete the FAFSA and CSS Profile in order to be considered for need-based scholarships. Visit the Office of Financial Aid website for more information. 

Scholarship Consideration Deadline: LSA students admitted by December 24, 2015 via Early Action will receive primary consideration for LSA Scholarships.

Notification: Students will be notified via mail by mid-April if they have been awarded a LSA scholarship. Scholarship award letters may arrive after the student receives their Financial Aid award package.

Overview: The LSA Scholarship Program includes both college-funded and privately-funded scholarships made possible by the friends and alumni of the College who believe an LSA Education should be affordable and attainable to talented students. Their support enables the College to award merit-and need-based scholarships to recruit and provide opportunity to select freshmen admitted to the College of LSA. The scholarship committee selects students who will obtain a degree in the College of LSA with the potential to make significant contributions to the quality of human life and to their particular field. Recipients are those whose life and career interest extend beyond themselves to the welfare of the larger society. Scholarships are not offered to reward past achievements but to invest in the potential of each recipient. Admitted students are considered for merit scholarships based on the contents of their Undergraduate Admissions Application. Need-based scholarships are awarded based on U of M Financial Aid information and the Undergraduate Admissions Application. Some donor awards require candidates to meet additional criteria. The LSA Scholarship Program is primarily for students who intend to remain in LSA for their bachelor's degrees. Under special circumstances, if funds permit, students applying to LSA and also Preferred Admission to other UM schools and colleges may be considered, although such scholarships will end when the students leave LSA.

Scholarship Amounts: Scholarship amounts range between $5,000 to $20,000 per year. Awards are renewable for up to four consecutive years provided the recipient maintains full-time enrollment in the College of LSA, and meets all academic and scholarship requirements outlined in the Scholarship Response Form. Typically 200 scholarships are awarded to each incoming freshman class. The number of scholarships each year may vary depending upon the funding available.

Selection: The LSA Scholarship Committee holistically reviews the Undergraduate Admissions Applications of admitted students to determine at a minimum academic talent and motivation, personal achievement, extracurricular activities, state and/or national awards, community service, leadership qualities, and academic potential. Essays and counselor and teacher recommendations are also significant factors in the review process. Other consideration may include: students who are the first generation to attend college, come from a single-parent home, or have overcome adversity (and financial need when relevant). There is no formula to follow to be considered for a scholarship. These are examples of some qualities that the Scholarship Committee is looking for in the admissions application and should not be considered a checklist for award eligibility.

Only students who are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents (possess a green card) are eligible for merit or need-based scholarships through this scholarship program.

Specific questions may be referred to Doug Fletcher at

Scholarships Administered by the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

A complete listing of all scholarships administered by the College of LSA Scholarship Office.

LSA Scholarship Requirements

Requirements for LSA Scholarship Recipients.

Frequently Asked Questions

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