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2017 Scholarships & Awards

Each year the Alumni Association presents more than 100 scholarships and awards totaling some $100,000 to UMass Amherst students. Read below to learn more about these scholarships.

The 2017 application process has closed. The 2018 scholarship application process will begin in early December. Check back in the fall for the application link.

Alumni Merit-Based Student Alumni Association Scholarship

1 Recipient of $1,000 Scholarship
The Alumni Merit-Based Student Alumni Association Scholarship recognizes a Student Alumni Association member who demonstrates outstanding leadership in the Student Alumni Association and within the larger university community.

David R. Nunez ’03 Scholarship for Community Service and Leadership

1 Recipient of $1,000 Scholarship for 2 consecutive years
The David R. Nunez ’03 Scholarship for Community Service and Leadership was created in honor of the late David R. Nunez, an outstanding student leader at UMass Amherst. David served as Student Government President, worked in Residential Life and was a member of ALANA Affairs. David’s greatest passion was equal access to higher education and keeping UMass Amherst affordable. Recipients demonstrate a strong commitment to community service and student leadership.

Leaders in the Making Scholarship

2 Recipients of $2,000 Scholarships
The Leaders in the Making Scholarship supports the pursuits of promising sophomores and juniors.  Recipients have diverse records of achievement in academics, volunteerism and leadership, and are student role models.

Life Members Internship Award

3 Recipients of $2,000 Scholarships
The Life Members Internship Award was created by the Alumni Association to defray the costs of summer internships for UMass Amherst students.  The program was designed to support the academic and career pursuits of commendable students from diverse campus populations whose records suggest that they will develop into alumni with admirable leadership qualities upon graduation.

Robert B. Collins '19 Student Alumni Association Scholarship

1 Recipient of $1,000 Scholarship
The Robert B. Collins '19 Student Alumni Association Scholarship is offered each year to an SAA member who demonstrates outstanding service to the organization, the campus, and the community while maintaining academic success.

UMass Amherst Life Sciences Alumni Network Scholarship

1 Recipient of $1,000 Scholarship
The UMass Amherst Life Sciences Alumni Network Scholarship was established to assist with the educational pursuits of students who are interested in pursuing careers in a life sciences industry.  Recipients seek opportunities to connect their academic achievements, campus involvement and community service to their career aspirations.

Recipients of the following student awards are nominated by Deans, faculty and other members of the campus community.

21st Century Leaders Award

10 Recipients of $1,000 Awards
The 21st Century Leaders Award recognizes graduating seniors who are academically accomplished and have enhanced the reputation of the flagship campus. The recipients are nominated by campus community members for strong leadership qualities, noteworthy original research, community service, overcoming extraordinary personal circumstances, or a public presentation through art, performance or athletic ability. The recipients are selected by a committee and the awards are presented during the Undergraduate Commencement celebrations each May.

The Bella Scholarship

1 Recipient of $2,000 Scholarship
The Bella Scholarship was established by an Alumni Association board member in honor of his daughter. It is intended to provide financial support for UMass Amherst undergraduates of select majors who are residents of Merrimack Valley.  Recipients have diverse records of academic achievement and campus involvement.

Mary Killeen Bennett '93 EdD Book Fund

2 Recipients of $500 Awards
The Mary Killeen Bennett ’93 EdD Book Fund was established by the UMass Amherst Alumni Association in memory of the late Mary Killeen Bennett, a passionate advocate for UMass Amherst and leader in the Pioneer Valley. The fund provides financial support for graduates of public high school in the Pioneer Valley who are in their first year at UMass Amherst to defray the anticipated cost of textbooks.

Michael W. Morris '63 Scholarship

1 Recipient of $2,000 Scholarship
The Michael W. Morris Scholarship has been named in honor of Lawrence native and longtime UMass Amherst champion, Michael W. Morris of the class of 1963.  A past president of the Alumni Association, he remains a vital and active alumni ambassador. This scholarship is available to current undergraduate students from the Lawrence or Lowell areas who demonstrate distinctive character, leadership, and motivation through active participation in the campus community.

Senior Leadership Award

11 Recipients of $500
The Senior Leadership Award recognizes graduating seniors who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the UMass Amherst community. Award recipients have distinguished themselves through important contributions to student organizations, campus jobs, academic excellence and community service.

UMass Amherst Cape Cod Alumni Network Scholarship

8 Recipients of $2,500 Scholarships; 1 Recipient of $4,000 Engineering Scholarship
The UMass Amherst Cape Cod Alumni Network Scholarship was established by the Cape Cod Alumni Network to assist incoming students from Cape Cod high schools with their educational pursuits.

UMass Amherst Greater Boston Alumni Network Scholarship

1 Recipient of $2,000 Scholarship
The UMass Amherst Greater Boston Alumni Network Scholarship was established by the Greater Boston Alumni Network to assist with the educational pursuits of students from Boston high schools. Recipients will demonstrate diverse records of achievement in academics, leadership and are student role models.

William F. Field Alumni Scholar Award

56 Recipients of $750 Scholarships
The William F. Field Alumni Scholar Awards were established in 1976 to recognize and honor third-year students for their academic achievements at UMass Amherst.  The program was named in honor of William F. Field, the university’s first Dean of Students, for his outstanding support of academic excellence and his personal commitment to bringing out the best in every student.