Frequently Asked Questions

It is strongly encouraged that all students read this information before applying for scholarships. It contains many frequently asked questions and helpful information.

When can I apply for a scholarship?

The college offers two scholarship application cycles per year. Applications open the first week of the fall and spring semesters each year.

I am a UCF student who wants to study nursing – can I apply?

These scholarships are only open to junior or senior undergraduate students or graduate students currently enrolled in College of Nursing programs. Contact UCF’s Financial Aid Office for information on other scholarship opportunities.

Does it matter which UCF campus I attend or if I’m in a web-based program?

Only nursing students enrolled in a College of Nursing program on UCF's Orlando, Daytona or Cocoa campus or students enrolled in web-based nursing programs are eligible to apply. Some scholarships may have residency or campus requirements.

What if I am dually-enrolled in a nursing program though a state college?

Students dually-enrolled in UCF Concurrent ASN-BSN programs at Seminole State College and Valencia College are not eligible for UCF nursing scholarships at this time. Contact the Financial Aid Office at your state college for information on scholarship opportunities.

How do I find out about available scholarships?

Visit the Scholarship Application Portal where you will create a login and password. Enter your personal and academic information to see if you meet the scholarship criteria. 

Do I need to include my resume?

All scholarship applicants are required to upload a resume detailing extracurricular activities, organizations, clubs, leadership experience, community involvement and volunteer activities. 

Do I need to write any essays?

All scholarship applicants are asked to describe their academic and career goals. Some scholarships may require applicants to write an additional one-page essay specific to the focus of that scholarship. It is your responsibility to make sure that all required documents are included with each scholarship application as the Scholarship Application Portal will not notify you if something is missing. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Do I have to show financial need to apply for a scholarship?

Criteria varies for each scholarship. Some scholarships are need-based, others may give preference to those demonstrating financial need and others do not take financial need into consideration. All students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) to increase their chances for eligibility. Most graduate student scholarships do not have financial need criteria.

When will scholarship monies be awarded?

Scholarship monies are awarded through the UCF Financial Aid Office. Any questions regarding payment and award disbursement should be directed to Financial Aid.

How and when will I know if I will be awarded a scholarship?

All scholarship recipients will be notified via email if a scholarship has been awarded. The email will include the name of the scholarship and the scholarship amount. For spring scholarship applicants, these emails are sent toward the end of February. For fall scholarship applicants, these emails are sent toward the end of November or beginning of December. All scholarship recipients are required to attend the college’s annual scholarship luncheon held in the spring at FAIRWINDS Alumni Center. All scholarship recipients are also required to write a professional, handwritten thank you note to the donor in appreciation of your scholarship award. Additional information will be provided when students are notified of their award. It is the responsibility of the student to promptly accept the award via myUCF.

For questions regarding scholarships, please email