Each year, the LSA Scholarships Office awards Four-Year Renewable Scholarships to approximately 200 incoming LSA students. These awards are made based on a student's scholarship application, their undergraduate admissions application, and their financial need, as demonstrated by their FAFSA and CSS profile. For students interested only in merit scholarships, a FAFSA and CSS is not required.
Whether you wish to pursue merit or need-based scholarships, completing the Four-Year Renewable Scholarship application will ensure you are considered for any and all LSA Scholarships you qualify for. Read on to learn more about our Four-Year Renewable Scholarships and the application process for incoming students.
What does the scholarship cover?
For qualified LSA students, the Four-Year Renewable Scholarship covers educational expenses such as tuition, room and board, and textbooks.
Amounts and Duration
Award amounts vary for each scholarship. For in-state students, award amounts can go up to $10,000 per year. For out-of-state students, awards amounts can go up to $20,000 per year. All Four-Year Renewable Scholarships are renewable for four years of undergraduate study, provided students maintain eligibility by completing their requirements each academic year.
The Four-Year Renewable Scholarship Application for the 2021-2022 academic year will open February 1 and close on April 30. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis in mid to late April, so the sooner a student applies, the better their chances of receiving a scholarship. Students who wait until the final deadline to apply may be disappointed to find that all scholarships have already been awarded.
To qualify for a Four-Year Renewable Scholarship, a student:
- Must be an undergraduate admitted to a degree program in the College of LSA. Students will be considered even if they haven't enrolled yet.
- Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident (i.e. possess a green card).
- Must apply for and receive need-based support through the Office of Financial Aid. Exception: students applying only for merit scholarships.
- Must have a FAFSA and CSS profile on file with the Office of Financial Aid (OFA) and must renew their FAFSA annually for need-based scholarships. Exception: students applying only for merit scholarships.
- Must be enrolled (or intend to enroll) full-time (12 credit hours or more) each term.
Note: Students applying only for merit scholarships do not need to have a FAFSA and CSS profile on file.
To maintain their Four-Year Renewable Scholarship, a student:
- Must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA.
- Must complete at least 20 hours of volunteer service over the course of each academic year.
- Must write a thank you letter to the donor of their scholarship, if applicable.*
- Must attend the Scholarship Orientation that occurs during their first fall semester.**
- Must attend any special events where their scholarship donor will also be in attendance.**
*Not all scholarships require a thank you letter. Students will be prompted to complete a thank you letter if it is a requirement of their scholarship.
**Our office will provide details to students as these requirements arise.
How do I apply?
The application process has four steps.
Step one: Verify your Friend Account in Wolverine Access. Instructions to do this are below under the question: How do I verify a Friend Account? If you have forgotten your Friend Account password, you can reset it here. If you do not have a Friend Account, you can create one here.
Step two: Once your Friend Account is verified, click the button below and log in to the LSA Scholarships application portal by using your Friend Account ID and password. If you do not verify your account, you will not be able to log in.
Step three: Complete our general application. When asked which scholarship program you are applying to, click the box for the "Four-Year Renewable Scholarship."
Step four: Once the general application has been submitted, you will then be directed to complete the application for the Four-Year Renewable Scholarship program. Submit this application for full consideration.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to be admitted to apply?
Yes, you must be admitted to the College of LSA in order to apply for LSA Scholarships. You will not be able to access our Four-Year Renewable Scholarship application until you are admitted.
How do I verify a Friend Account?
If you are an admitted student and already have a Friend Account, you will still need to authorize it to use university systems.
To authorize the account, go to Wolverine Access. Click on the Students tab, then on New & Prospective Student Business, and log in using your Friend Account ID and password. Verify your personal information, including your eight-digit UMID, which was emailed to you, as well as your birth date.
Once you have requested your Friend Account and authorized it, you will have access to our application system (plus a number of other university systems).
Note: Once you create a new Friend Account and authorize it by verifying your personal information, it may take 24 hours for your new account information to migrate to our application system, granting you access to the application. You may also need to clear your cache once you have finished verifying your information.
What if I don't have a Friend Account?
For admitted students who have not yet enrolled at the university, a Friend Account is required to access all university systems, including the LSA Scholarships application portal.
If you do not have a Friend Account, you can request one here.
Once you have created your Friend Account, you will also need to get it authorized to use university systems. To do this, go to Wolverine Access. Click on the Students tab, then on New & Prospective Student Business, and log in using your newly created Friend Account ID and password. Verify your personal information, including your eight-digit UMID, which was emailed to you, as well as your birth date.
Once you have requested your friend account and authorized it, you will have access to our application system (plus a number of other university systems).
Note: Once you create a new Friend Account and authorize it by verifying your personal information, it may take 24 hours for your new account information to migrate to our application system, granting you access to the application.
I received an error when logging in to the LSA Scholarships Portal. Can you help?
If you are an admitted student and receive an error when attempting to log in to the LSA Scholarships portal, first check to make sure you are logging in with your Friend Account ID and password. Then, make sure you have followed all the steps to authorize your Friend Account so that you can access university systems. Instructions to do this are included above under the question: How do I verify a Friend Account?
Once your account is verified, it can take up to 48 hours for your new account information to migrate to our application system, granting you access to the application. If you still encounter errors after completing all steps, try clearing your browser's cache or logging in with a different browser entirely. If these actions don't correct the issue, you may contact LSA IT for assistance at 734.615.0100. Be sure to have your UMID ready when you call.
NOTE: If you have enrolled, make sure you are using your new uniqname and password to log in. If you very recently paid your enrollment deposit and have noticed that you cannot log in to view or update your application, there can sometimes be a delay while our systems integrate your new uniqname information. Wait a few days and try again. If you continue to experience issues, please email us with a screenshot of the error so we can help troubleshoot.
Need help applying? We've got you covered!
Let Our Team Guide You
Join us as we explore the Four-Year Renewable Scholarship application process. In this video, our coordinators offer step-by-step guidance for each part of the application. From logging in to the system for the very first time to hitting that final submit button—and every step in between—our team has your back. In addition, we share what our review committee looks for in a successful scholarship application, how we review and award scholarships, and when you can expect to hear a response from us.
So, open up your scholarship application, click the play button, and follow along with us! By the end, you'll have completed your Four-Year Renewable Scholarship application, and you'll be in the running for all of the scholarships available through the College of LSA. How easy is that?