Scholarship Opportunities

The scholarship application period for the Dean's, Leo F. King, Bernard & Diana Shapiro and Allan Roscoe Scholarships is closed. Financial Aid will notify scholarship recipients after the awards are finalized in June 2019. For questions, please contact

Continuing Education Scholarships

Dean's Scholarship for Continuing Studies

The Dean's Scholarship for Continuing Studies provides scholarships for students pursuing a degree through Online & Continuing Education. Students must be in either an Associate's or Bachelor's degree program in Online & Continuing Education, and have completed at least 24 or more credits at UMass Lowell towards an undergraduate degree as of the prior September. Recipients must have no more than 30 transfer credits towards an Associate's degree or 60 transfer credits toward a Bachelor's degree. Applicants must have a 3.5 GPA or higher and be U.S. citizens or other lawful permanent residents of the United States.

Leo F. King Endowment Fund

The Leo F. King Scholarship Endowment Fund provides scholarships for returning students who have been out of high school for at least 5 years, have a GPA of 2.8 or higher, are enrolled in at least 6 credits, and demonstrate a clear sense of purpose for pursuing an undergraduate degree.

Professor Bernard and Diana (Yana) Shapiro Scholarship (OCE)

The Shapiro (OCE) scholarship is a merit scholarship that is awarded annually to a student enrolled in an undergraduate degree program through Online and Continuing Education. Professor Emeritus Bernard Shapiro began teaching at the University in 1962 and retired from the Mathematics Department in 1996. He continued to work at the University as an advisor in Online and Continuing Education until his retirement in 2011. His wife, Diana (Yana) Shapiro, worked in Online and Continuing Education from 1975 until her retirement in 1996 and then continued to work in OCE on a part-time basis until her retirement in 2012. This scholarship is awarded to full-time students pursuing an undergraduate degree in Online and Continuing Education. To qualify, students must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, demonstrate financial need through established federal financial aid formulas and be a U.S. citizen or other lawful permanent residents of the United States.

Criminal Justice Scholarship

Allan Roscoe Endowed Scholarship Fund

The Professor Allan Roscoe Endowed Scholarship fund was created in 2015 in memory of Criminal Justice Professor Allan Roscoe. The scholarship fund was created to provide scholarship support for students pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice at the University. The Fund provides scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice, including Online and Continuing Education students. To qualify, students must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and demonstrate financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office.

Applying to Scholarships

To apply to any of the scholarships listed above, please go to UMass Lowell's online scholarship system, the Riverhawk Scholarship Portal at Login using your User Name and Password (identical to your Student Information System (SIS) login) and fully complete and submit the General Application. Eligible applicants will be asked to answer supplemental questions and provide a letter of recommendation to complete the application process. Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions tab at or email if you have any questions or concerns Finalists for the Dean's, Leo F. King, and Shapiro Scholarships will be selected by a committee from Online & Continuing Education and may be invited to meet with representatives of this committee. Finalists for the Roscoe Scholarship will be selected by the Criminal Justice Department. UMass Lowell's Financial Aid Office will confirm all scholarship recipients final eligibility in June before awarding and sending an email notification to each recipient. The scholarship will take effect for the first semester of the following academic year (Fall 2019). If a scholarship awardee withdraws from UMass Lowell, the remainder of his/her scholarship will be forfeited and will not be renewable.


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  • Application period is February 1 to April 5.
  • Even if students applied last year they have to complete a new application again this year.
  • Students must be returning to UML next Fall 2019 to be considered for awards.
  • Students with questions should contact

Other Scholarships

Veterans Online and Off-Campus Scholarships:

Scholarships will be awarded to Veterans who are enrolled in an undergraduate degree or certificate program for $300 each. These scholarships can be used one time only and for one course only. Applications will be evaluated by the Online & Continuing Education Scholarship Committee and will be judged by merit and thoughtfulness in written response. Get the Veterans Scholarship application form in .pdf file format.

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ASL Adult Education Foundation Scholarships

Alpha Sigma Lambda Adult Education Foundation Scholarships are available for Online & Continuing Education students who are matriculated in Associate's or Bachelor's degree programs and who demonstrate academic strength and leadership. For more information, visit:

Read more about UMass Lowell's Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society for Online & Continuing Education students.

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