Ronald A. Hammond Scholarship

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The Ronald A. Hammond Scholarship, which honors the legacy of the University’s first director of minority affairs, is one of the premier scholarships available to students at the University of Miami.This scholarship is awarded to high school seniors who have demonstrated academic excellence and a commitment to their surrounding community. Preference will be given to first generation students and/or students who intend to continue their academic pursuits through graduate education.

Hammond Scholars receive the full cost of tuition for four years of undergraduate study at UM. 

Eligibility Criteria

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


Open only to U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents.

Portrait of a Hammond Scholar

Hammond Scholars are a talented group of students from across the country whose varied experiences, achievements, and interests help cultivate the vibrant academic community that is the University of Miami. Many are the first in their family to graduate from a college or university. Engagement and involvement are at the heart of the Hammond Scholar experience, helping to maximize their opportunities upon graduation. These students personify UM’s commitment to excellence and diversity in the development of “future leaders of our nation and the world.”

Selection Process

Deadline to apply for consideration is November 1 (Early Action or Early Decision I). Selected candidates for the Hammond Scholarship are prompted to submit an essay for consideration as finalists. The Selection Committee will review all essay submissions and identify the finalists whom they recommend to receive the Hammond Scholarship.

Recipients of the Hammond Scholarship will be invited to participate in the University of Miami's scholarship program, which will be held in early March. During this program, candidates will meet with UM faculty and current scholars and learn more about our interest-driven education.

Terms & Conditions

A Hammond 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 

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