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Vermont Merit Scholarship

Terms and Conditions

The University of Vermont’s Vermont Merit Scholarship is an academic merit scholarship awarded to Vermont residents who have shown academic potential and who have advanced to finalist status in the National Merit Scholarship Program competition, or have been recognized by College Board as National Hispanic Scholars. To receive this scholarship based on finalist status in the National Merit Scholarship Program competition, students must also declare UVM as their college of choice with the National Merit Corporation. Described below are the rights and responsibilities associated with this scholarship.

Renewal Eligibility

In order to retain your scholarship, you must remain a full-time student (defined as enrolling in a minimum of twelve credits per semester). Enrolling at less than full-time will result in withdrawal of your scholarship for that semester. Reinstatement for future semesters will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. You must also maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of a 2.8 in your first year and a 3.0 in subsequent years, evaluated at the end of each academic year. Scholarships will be withdrawn for students who have not met the scholarship requirements. Academic achievement leading to a cumulative GPA above a 3.0 in the future will result in scholarship reinstatement the following academic year. Your scholarship is a revocable award from the University.

Length of Scholarship

You may receive this scholarship for a maximum of eight semesters or until you graduate, whichever comes first.

Residency Classification

Scholarship eligibility will be re-evaluated based on changes to your residency classification. Changes in residency classification may result in a loss or reduction of scholarship assistance.

Gift Aid Tolerance

Your scholarship award may be reduced or cancelled if total gift aid (including grants, scholarships, employer tuition benefits, and VA educational benefits) exceeds the total cost of attendance as defined by the University.

Scholarship Award Value

Vermont Merit Scholarship recipients are entitled to a full-tuition scholarship less the value of the University of Vermont Merit Scholarship offered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (when applicable). If you receive UVM tuition remission, your Vermont Merit Scholarship will be set at a minimum amount of:

  • $4,500 per year if you were admitted to the University for the Fall 2012 or Spring 2013 semester.
  • $5,000 per year if you were admitted to the University for the Fall 2013 or Fall 2014 semester.
  • $6,000 per year if you were admitted to the University for the Fall 2015 semester.
  • $2,000 per year if you were admitted to the University for Spring 2016 semester or later.

Relationship to Need-Based Financial Aid

As a merit scholarship, this award is not based on need or financial aid eligibility. If you apply/have applied for need-based financial aid at the University, you will receive more information on your total financial aid package directly from Student Financial Services. Your scholarship will be calculated into your overall aid package.

Summer Session

Your scholarship may not be used to attend summer session classes.

Leaves of Absence & Withdrawing

You may take an approved Leave of Absence from the University for up to two consecutive semesters and retain your scholarship. Your scholarship will be terminated if you choose to withdraw, become inactive, enroll less than full-time, or if you are suspended or dismissed from the University.

How to Accept Your Scholarship

To accept your scholarship, visit and pay your admissions acceptance fee to enroll at UVM by the date indicated on your letter of admission.

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