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Red and Black Scholarship (for new incoming freshmen starting fall 2023)

General Description of the Red & Black Scholarships (all levels)

UCM’s signature Red and Black Scholarship provides students with more money so they can focus on their future and graduate with less debt. This automatic, merit-based scholarship can be combined with other scholarships and is guaranteed* – if you qualify, you receive it!   (Please note below that the top tier Red & Black Scholarship covers tuition and general fees minus any federal, state, or other institutional gift aid, but students are guaranteed a minimum $4,500 for that scholarship).  The higher your GPA and official ACT composite score (or Superscore, whichever is higher), the more money you will be eligible to receive. You can earn anywhere from $1,000 up to full tuition and fees. Use the chart below to calculate your potential scholarship amount.

Because UCM is test-optional, you can still receive the Red and Black Scholarship even if you haven’t taken the ACT, depending on your cumulative, official high-school transcript GPA (6th, 7th or 8th semester, whichever is higher).

*While the Red & Black Scholarship is guaranteed to students who qualify, there will be situations where it could be reduced or removed due to federal regulations to avoid over-awards.

Current UCM student or starting at UCM before fall 2023? Click here for the 2022-2023 Red & Black Scholarship information.



Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an incoming-freshman student starting fall 2023 or after
  • Be a regularly-admitted freshman (not provisionally admitted)
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Enroll full-time (12 hours) each semester



The Red and Black Scholarship is renewable for a maximum of eight (8) semesters of undergraduate study provided the recipient:

  • Maintains status as a full-time UCM undergraduate student (12 or more undergraduate credit hours) each semester
  • Achieves the minimum cumulative UCM GPA required (see chart below) upon completion of the second semester as a full-time student at UCM (and each academic year thereafter).


Annual Value of the Red & Black Scholarship UCM GPA Required for Renewal
Up to full tuition and general fees less gift aid (grants and other scholarships, like the Bright Flight, for example), or $4,500, whichever is greater. 3.50
$4,500 3.25
$3,000 3.25
$2,500 3.00
$1,500 2.75
$1,000 2.50


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