George W. Jenkins Scholarship

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The George W. Jenkins Scholarship is one of the premier scholarships available to students at the University of Miami. This scholarship is awarded to high school seniors with strong academic credentials, significant financial need, and a history of overcoming adversity.

Jenkins Scholars receive the full cost of attendance for four years of undergraduate study at UM. The award includes tuition and fees, on-campus housing, a meal plan, University health insurance, and a laptop allowance. Students may also receive a stipend for books, transportation, and personal expenses.

With the support of the Office of Academic Enhancement, Jenkins Scholars take part in exclusive programs, benefit from one-on-one advising, participate in group community service efforts, and are personally referred for additional prestigious academic opportunities.

Recipients will be notified of a decision by April 1.

Counselor Nomination

To be considered for the Jenkins Scholarship, candidates must be nominated by their high school counselor, who must complete the Counselor Nomination Form by December 1.

Eligibility Criteria

In addition to the criteria listed below, eligible students are required to submit all First-Year Admission Requirements by November 1 if applying under the Early Decision I or Early Action deadline or December 1 if applying under the Early Decision II or Regular Decision deadline. 


Open only to U.S. citizens who are residents of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Virginia, graduating from an accredited high school within their home state. 


Minimum unweighted GPA of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale and a well-rounded college preparatory curriculum are required.

Financial Need

Students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS Profile no later than December 1.

Personal History

Participation in school or community activities, a strong work ethic, and a history of overcoming significant adversity will be considered.

Student Essay

Students must submit an additional essay addressing all of the following in 800 words or less, with significant emphasis on the third point, by December 1:

  • Explain why you wish to attend the University of Miami.
  • Describe how receiving the George W. Jenkins Scholarship would impact you.
  • Describe any special circumstances you faced, specifically any history of overcoming significant adversity. 

If any required materials are missing, students may not be eligible for scholarship consideration.

How to Submit

The Counselor Nomination Form and Student Information & Essay can be submitted online or by mail. If you wish to mail it, please send to:

University of Miami
George W. Jenkins Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 248025
Coral Gables, FL 33124-4616

Terms and Conditions

A Jenkins Scholar must complete a full-time undergraduate program of study with no fewer than 12 credit hours during each of the fall and spring semesters for a minimum of 24 credit hours per academic year. A minimum of a 3.0 GPA for the academic year must be maintained at the University of Miami, with the initial calculation at the end of the second semester of attendance. The award is subject to revision pending receipt of any grant, scholarship, or prepaid tuition and/or housing aid not anticipated at the time the award is made. Visit our Terms & Conditions page for more information.

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