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.

Due to the change in timeline regarding when the 2024-25 FAFSA will be available, the Jenkins Scholars will be announced by April 1, 2024, at the time of Regular Decision release.

How to Apply

1. Guidance counselors must nominate their student via the Counselor Nomination Form by November 1.

2. Nominated students must submit an additional essay through the applicant portal by November 7. In 800 words or less, the essay should address the following, with significant emphasis on the third point:

  • Why they wish to attend the University of Miami.
  • How receiving the George W. Jenkins Scholarship would impact them.
  • Any special circumstances they faced, specifically any history of overcoming significant adversity.

Students must submit the CSS Profile and all relevant tax information before the November 15 deadline. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should be submitted as soon as possible but no later than February 1.

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

Eligibility Criteria

In addition to the criteria listed below, eligible students are required to submit all First-Year Admission Requirements by the Early Decision I or Early Action deadline of November 1


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.

Personal History

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

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.

Contact Us

Karina Bruce
Assistant Director, Office of Undergraduate Admission | PH: 305-284-6000