Vista Scholarship

Application Deadline March 1
The Vista Scholarship Application is closed for Summer 2019.

Summer Scholars Vista Scholarship

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 the three-week Summer Scholars Program for college credit*.

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 the Summer Scholars Program, students have the opportunity to explore their academic interests and develop time management and interpersonal skills critical to their success in college. 

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 Summer Scholars Program – three-week, college 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 2020 (if you are a junior) or 2021 (if you are a sophomore)

*The Vista Scholarship does not apply to the UM Academies – Two-Week, Non-Credit Program.

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 ($8,187) 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

Please note: scholarship recipients are required to provide their own transportation to and from Miami. Residential status is required to receive the award. Housing opens on Saturday, July 6 and closes on Friday, July 26. A complimentary airport shuttle is available for students flying to and from Miami International Airport (MIA) during specified hours. Scholarship recipients are required to be covered by an adequate health insurance plan. In addition, 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.

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 deemed eligible for the singular form of financial assistance providing the greatest benefit to the student.

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 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:  March 1, 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 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 application.
  • 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 2019/Spring 2020
  • Use the University of Miami Summer Scholars CSS Profile code: 5119
  • CSS Financial Aid Profile Form

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 call us at (305) 284-4000, or email us at

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

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