Vista Scholarship

Application Deadline March 1
Latest information on COVID-19
As part of the University of Miami’s proactive response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to prioritize the health and safety of our community and the broader communities we serve, the Summer Scholars Program and the UM Academies will be offered in a remote format in summer 2020. This decision was made to reduce the potential spread of the coronavirus and guided by the recommendations of leading health officials.

For the latest updates specific to your program, please click here >

To access the list of available offerings, please click here >

The Summer Scholars Vista Scholarship focuses on broadening the number of traditionally under-represented students and increasing access to higher education for students from low-income families. Limited scholarship funding is available to eligible applicants applying for residential status in the Summer Scholars Three-Week, Credit Program.*

The scholarship award provides need-based financial support for high school sophomores and juniors who have distinguished themselves in and out of the classroom. In this precollege program, students have the opportunity to explore their academic interests and develop time management and interpersonal skills critical to their success in college. 

Please note, the scholarship application for Summer 2020 closed March 1.

Eligibility >

Scholarship Award >

Vista Scholarship Application Process – Step by Step >

Scholarship Application Deadline >


Students who receive at least one of the following benefits will be eligible to apply for the Vista Scholarship:
  • Meal Assistance – Free or Reduced School Lunch
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Women Infants and Children (WIC)
In addition, to participate in the Summer Scholars Vista Scholarship selection process, you must:
  • Be a high school sophomore or junior at the time of application
  • Have been admitted to the residential Summer Scholars Program Three-Week Credit Program*
  • Possess a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Have U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent residency
  • Have taken the PSAT, SAT or ACT
  • Demonstrate high financial need, as determined through the CSS Financial Aid Profile and your family's most recent income tax returns
  • Plan to apply for and enroll in a full-time undergraduate program commencing in fall 2021 (if you are a junior) or 2022 (if you are a sophomore)

*The Vista Scholarship is available for students in the Summer Scholars Three-Week Credit Program hosted on campus – residential status is required to receive the award. Please note the scholarship does not apply to the Summer Scholars 2020 Remote Program or the UM Academies Two-Week, Non-Credit Program.

Scholarships cannot be combined with any other discount or tuition grant. If a student is eligible for multiple forms of financial assistance, then the student will be considered for only one singular form of financial assistance based on eligibility.

Back to top

Scholarship Award

A limited number of scholarships are available. Scholarship funding is provided by the University of Miami. The scholarship award covers the Summer Scholars Residential Program Fee ($8,490) including:
  • Instruction – Tuition, lab fees, class trips, textbooks/printed materials
  • Room – Double occupancy room
  • Meals on campus – breakfast, lunch, dinner 
  • Student services
  • Student Health Center (doctor’s visits)
  • Wellness Center (fitness and intramural facility)
  • UM Identification Card ('Cane ID)
  • Student Activities: planned programs and excursions, including transportation for off-campus events
Important to note: 
  • Residential status is required to receive the award. Housing opens on Saturday, July 4 and closes on Friday, July 24.
  • Scholarship recipients are required to provide their own transportation to and from Miami.
  • A complimentary airport shuttle is available during specified hours for students flying to and from Miami International Airport (MIA).
  • Scholarship recipients are required to be covered by an adequate health insurance plan.
  • Students must provide funds for personal expenses during the program, including spending money for off-campus meals, snacks, evening food delivery, souvenirs, toiletries and other personal needs.

Back to top

Vista Scholarship Application Process – Step by Step

1. Determine Financial Eligibility 
If you receive any of the following benefits you may be considered for the Vista Scholarship:
  •     Meal Assistance - Free of Reduced School Lunch
  •     Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  •     Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  •     Temporary Assistance for Needy Families TANF)
  •     Women Infants and Children WIC)
2. Request Application Fee Waiver 
If you meet the eligibility requirements (section 1) to apply for the Vista Scholarship, you may also apply for an application fee reduction waiver which will reduce the Summer Scholars Program application fee to $25 (from $75).
  • Please note the waiver must be entered when submitting the Summer Scholars Program Application. We are unable to refund application fees once submitted. 
  • Application waivers will be sent via email, once your eligibility has been determined.
  • Application Fee Waiver Request Form >
  • Deadline for Application Fee Waiver Request Form:  Friday, February 28, 3:00 p.m.
3. Submit the Summer Scholars Program Application
  • Before you apply for the Vista Scholarship, you are required to submit the Summer Scholars Program Application online.
  • On the Summer Scholars Program application, you will have the opportunity to input your First and Second Choice for academic specialty. Keep in mind a limited number of scholarships are available per academic specialty. Therefore if you have applied for the Vista Scholarship we would not be able to confirm your academic program until scholarship decisions have been announced.
  • If granted an Application Fee Reduction Waiver, enter the waiver code on page 5 of the Summer Scholars Program Application, before submitting the application fee.
  • Apply Here >
4. Complete the Vista Scholarship Application
  • Upload your essay with your online application, responding to the following writing prompt: 
    How has your family background affected the way you see the world? (up to 300 words)
  • Upload your PSAT, SAT or ACT score report with your application. Unofficial score reports are accepted at time of application. Please note that an official score report could be requested for scholarship awards.
  • Vista Scholarship Application >
5. Complete the CSS Financial Aid Profile Form

The form is to be completed by you and your parent or guardian. If your custodial parent is remarried, the information should include his/her spouse. Please note, there is a $25 nonrefundable application fee.

  • Register and complete the CSS Financial Aid Profile Form online
  • Click on PROFILE Fall 2020/Spring 2021
  • Use the University of Miami Summer Scholars CSS Profile code: 5119
  • CSS Financial Aid Profile Form >

Please note, scholarship information and application processes are subject to change.

Back to top

Application Deadline: March 1

Both the Summer Scholars Program Application and the Vista Scholarship Application must be submitted by the scholarship deadline – March 1 – to be considered.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact us at (305) 284-4000 or

Back to top