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.

Eligibility Criteria

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

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.


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.

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.

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