What Are Merit Scholarships?
LSA Scholarships defines merit scholarships as any scholarships that do not have a need-based aid requirement. Our office awards approximately 40 of these scholarships each year to incoming students. The criteria for these awards varies depending on the specific scholarship.
How Are Students Selected for Merit Scholarships?
Merit Scholarships are awarded to admitted LSA students who complete our Four-Year Renewable Scholarship application and meet specific criteria. After completing the Four-Year Renewable Scholarship application, all applicants are considered for all of the scholarship opportunities they are qualified for. Our application questions are designed to help us match students to relevant scholarships based on the required criteria of each. Common criteria we look for when awarding merit scholarships may include a student's intended major/field of study, career interests, leadership experience, academic achievement, community engagement, or even their geographical area. Our committee may also review a student's admissions application to help determine eligibility for specific scholarship awards.
Merit Scholarship Opportunities
Out of these roughly forty merit scholarships, there are a handful of well-known, prestigious scholarships that students and parents often ask us about. Read below to learn more about these specific opportunities.
With the exception of the Bell Scholarship, all of these opportunities are awarded to Four-Year Renewable Scholarship applicants, so don't forget to complete our application to be considered for these and all other merit scholarships!
The Gloria Wille Bell and Carlos R. Bell Scholarship Program (External Application Required)
The Bell Scholarship is a scholarship intended for first-year U-M students who show exceptional academic talent, reside in an eligible geographic area, and are pursuing an undergraduate, science-related degree in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts or in the College of Engineering.
Bell Scholars receive a renewable scholarship for four years of undergraduate study. Annual renewal is contingent upon satisfactory academic progress. In-state students are awarded $10,000 per year. Out-of-state students are awarded $20,000 per year.
In order to be considered for this scholarship, students must meet full eligibility criteria and complete a separate application on the Bell Scholarship website. The 2021-2022 application is now closed.
The Sidney J. And Irene Shipman Scholarship
The Shipman Scholarship is a scholarship for incoming U-M students that show academic achievement, leadership abilities, and talent in the arts and sciences. Each year, 32 incoming U-M students are invited to come to campus for consideration for the scholarship. The College of LSA nominates approximately 16 students each year from the pool of Four-Year Renewable Scholarship applicants.
Students that receive the full Shipman Scholarship and are Michigan residents are awarded $20,000/year for four years or completion of their undergraduate degree program, whichever comes first. Students that come from out of state and receive the full Shipman Scholarship are awarded $30,000/year.
Students that are invited to campus as Shipman nominees but are not selected for the full Shipman Scholarship receive a Shipman Scholarship award of $15,000/year as in-state students or $25,000/year as out-of-state students.
Students that receive either of the two awards and choose to attend Michigan are considered to be members of the Shipman Society.
To be considered for the Shipman Scholarship, early action admitted LSA students must complete the Four-Year Renewable Scholarship application. Applicants will only be notified if they are nominated for this award. Applicants who are not selected for this award will still be considered for all other Four-Year Renewable Scholarships they are qualified for.
The Penelope W. and E. Roe Stamps Scholarship
The Stamps Scholarship is a scholarship awarded to incoming U-M students that demonstrate exceptional talent, leadership qualities, academic achievement, and a commitment to their community. Each year, the College of LSA nominates a select number of incoming LSA students to receive this award from the pool of Four-Year Renewable Scholarship applicants. Stamps Scholars receive a renewable scholarship for four consecutive years of undergraduate study and the amounts can go up to the full cost of attendance.
In addition to tuition support, Stamp Scholars receive additional funding of up to $5,000 to support study abroad, community service, research, and internships during their undergraduate studies. Other benefits including membership in the UM Stamps Scholars Society, membership in the national Stamps Scholars organization, strong networking connections, and the opportunity to attend bi-annual Stamps Scholars National Conventions.
To be considered for the Stamps Scholarship, early action admitted LSA students must complete the Four-Year Renewable Scholarship application. Only students who are nominated for this award will be notified. Students who are not selected for this award will still be considered for all other Four-Year Renewable Scholarships they are qualified for.
The Alvin M. and Arvella D. Bentley Scholarship
The Alvin M. and Arvella D. Bentley Foundation established the Bentley Scholarship Program in 1983 to recognize and encourage public service in students from the state of Michigan.
The Bentley Scholarship is a scholarship awarded to incoming LSA students who are Michigan residents, demonstrated high academic achievement and leadership during high school, and are interested in a career in public service. Each year, 6–8 incoming LSA students are invited to campus to interview to receive this award. These students are selected from the pool of Four-Year Renewable Scholarships applicants. Of these candidates, 2 recipients are selected to receive the Bentley Scholarship.
Bentley Scholarship recipients receive a renewable scholarship for four consecutive years of undergraduate study in the amount of $15,000 per year.
To be considered for the Bentley Scholarship, early action admitted LSA students must complete the Four-Year Renewable Scholarship application. Only students who are nominated for this award will be notified. Students who are not selected for this award will still be considered for all other Four-Year Renewable Scholarships they are qualified for.
Other Merit Scholarships
In addition to the scholarships listed above, there are 35+ additional merit scholarship opportunities through LSA Scholarships, and most of these do not require a student to be admitted by early action. We recommend that all incoming LSA students complete the Four-Year Renewable Scholarship application as soon as they are admitted. By doing so, they will be considered for all scholarships that are available. We award all Four-Year scholarships on a rolling basis and merit scholarships are limited, so the sooner your application is received, the more opportunities you will be considered for.
Please note that incoming students must be admitted in order to apply for LSA Scholarships. Incoming LSA students who are only interested in merit scholarships are not required to complete a FAFSA or CSS profile.