Prospective Students

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LSA Scholarships for incoming LSA freshmen are solely recruitment scholarships (with the exception of the Bell Scholarship—see below). Therefore, incoming LSA freshmen cannot apply into the LSA Scholarship Program. The LSA Scholarship Office reviews and matches eligible students to specific scholarships based on their Undergraduate Admissions Application as well as their financial need. Typically, 100 scholarships are awarded to each incoming freshman class.

  • Only students who are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents (possess a “green card”) are eligible.
  • The LSA Scholarship Program is primarily for students who intend to remain in LSA for their bachelor's degrees.


  • Merit-based scholarships for admitted students are based on the contents of their Undergraduate Admissions Application.
  • Need-based scholarships are awarded based on Office of Financial Aid as well as students’ Undergraduate Admissions Applications. Students must complete the FAFSA and CSS Profile in order to be considered for need-based scholarships.
  • For the majority of the LSA Prospective Student Scholarships, there is no precise formula to follow in order to be considered.
    •  Considerations may include: academic talent and motivation, personal achievement, extracurricular activities, state and/or national awards, community service, leadership qualities, and academic potential as well as students who are the first generation to attend college, come from a single-parent home, have overcome adversity, and/or demonstrate financial need.

Scholarship Amounts

  •  Scholarship amounts range between $5,000 to $20,000 per year.
  •  Awards are renewable for up to four consecutive years.
  •  Recipient must maintain full-time enrollment in the College of LSA and meet all academic and scholarship requirements.

Scholarship Consideration Deadline:

LSA students admitted by December 24 via Early Action receive primary consideration for LSA Scholarships.


Students will be notified via mail between January and mid-April if they have been awarded an LSA scholarship. Scholarship award letters may arrive after the student receives their Financial Aid award package.

Specific questions may be referred to Erica Gehringer at

The Gloria Willie Bell & Carlos R. Bell Scholarship ProgramClick here for the 2016-2017 application!

Bell Scholarships are merit-based scholarships intended to enhance recruitment efforts for academically talented students in designated geographic areas pursuing undergraduate science-related degrees in the College of Engineering or the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Scholarships are funded by The Gloria Wille Bell and Carlos R. Bell Charitable Trust, held outside the University of Michigan until July 30, 2026, and administered by the Trustee of the Trust in cooperation with the University of Michigan.

The application can be found externally on the Bell Scholars website

LSA Scholarship Requirements

Requirements for LSA Scholarship Recipients.

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