The Florida Department of Education offers the Florida Bright Futures Scholarships for high school graduates. Click here for more Information or call (888) 827-2004 prior to your high school graduation.
The Office of Admissions currently offers a limited number of merit-based Presidential scholarships designed for our in-state high-achieving students:
- Presidential Scholarship: $5,000 per year (Fall/Spring, total 4 years)
- Presidential Gold Scholarship: $8,000 per year (Fall/Spring, total 4 years)
- Presidential Platinum Scholarship: $10,000 per year (Fall/Spring, total 4 years)
There is not a separate application for these scholarships; all applicants who apply by the November 1 deadline are considered on the basis of their admission application. Applicants are considered for scholarships using the same holistic and academic criteria used for admission. No additional materials or updated information should be submitted for scholarship review.
While there are no minimum academic criteria for Presidential scholarships, applicants must be classified as a Florida resident for tuition purposes by our February Decision Day. Past recipients have demonstrated strong academic achievement that falls within the upper middle 50% of our admitted student profile, combined with a diverse and engaged résumé and essay response. However, meeting our profile numbers does not guarantee a scholarship award. If selected for one of our merit-based scholarships, an offer will arrive via email and mail by the beginning of March.
The UF Office of Admissions currently offers a very limited number of merit-based out of state scholarships designed to reduce the out-of-state tuition for out-of-state high-achieving students at the following levels:
- Alumni Scholarship: Up to $8,000 per year (Fall/Spring, total $32,000 4 years)
- Sunshine Scholarship: Up to $16,000 per year (Fall/Spring, total $64,000 4 years)
- Gator Nation Scholarship: Up to $20,000 per year (Fall/Spring, total $80,000 4 years)
There is no separate application for out-of-state scholarships; all applicants who apply by the November 1 deadline are considered on the basis of their admission application. Applicants are considered for scholarships using the same holistic and academic criteria used for admission. No additional materials or updated information should be submitted for scholarship review.
While there are no minimum criteria for the out-of-state scholarships, applicants should be classified as a non-Florida resident for tuition purposes by our February Decision Day. If your residency classification is updated to Florida after being awarded an out-of-state scholarship, you will no longer be eligible and the award will be rescinded. Past recipients have typically fallen within the upper middle 50% of our admitted student profile, combined with a diverse and engaged résumé and essay response. However, meeting our profile numbers does not guarantee a scholarship award. If selected for one of our out-of-state scholarships, an offer will arrive via email and mail by the beginning of March.
National Merit Finalists/Benacquisto Scholarship
UF offers a $500 annual scholarship to National Merit® Finalists that indicate UF as their first-choice institution with the National Merit® Corporation. Florida high school graduates who receive a UF-sponsored National Merit® Scholarship are eligible to receive the Benacquisto Scholarship from the Florida Department of Education. Benacquisto Scholars will receive an award equal to the cost of attendance at UF minus the sum of Bright Futures and the National Merit® award.
Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars
The Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars program provides financial resources and individual support with the primary goal of graduating first generation, low-income undergraduate students. By addressing systemic barriers and challenges, the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars program provides a full grant and scholarship financial aid package as well as a comprehensive support program to ensure students thrive at UF. To be eligible, students must first be admitted into the University of Florida as a first-year student. Upon completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the December 15th deadline, students are invited to complete the MFOS Supplemental Form if they meet the initial eligibility criteria. Specifically, the program supports students whose annual family income is less than $40,000 and assets are less than $25,000.
Lombardi and Stamps Scholarships
Both the John V. Lombardi Scholarship and the Stamps Scholarship Programs recognize outstanding students from Florida high schools who rank at the top of their class and demonstrate service to the community, extracurricular involvement, leadership and high moral character. The UF Honors Program administers both scholarship opportunities. The application process for high school seniors begins in the fall of each year.
The Southern Scholarship Foundation supplies housing for academically gifted students who need financial assistance to attend college. Applicants must be Florida residents who are willing to work for their college education and who are willing to share the responsibilities of living cooperatively in a house with other students.
Davis United World College Scholars
Students who graduate from one of the United World Colleges (UWC) are eligible for the Davis United World Scholars program, which is the world’s largest, privately funded international scholarship program. The University of Florida’s partnership with the Davis Foundation helps to attract academically talented world citizens that will enrich the UF undergraduate experience. Qualifying students receive a need based grant up to the full cost of undergraduate tuition for up to eight semesters or until graduation. The scholarship is limited to non-US citizens who are currently UWC students. Additional benefits include participation in the UF Honors Program. Contact the Program Director Mr. Bill Kolb for more information