Scholarships and Grants


​What are they?

A scholarship is money that you do NOT need to pay back. Federal programs, organizations, and donors award scholarships on the basis of financial need, merit and achievement, or other criteria.
A grant is money that you do NOT need to pay back. Federal programs, colleges and universities usually award grants to individuals based on financial need. The words “scholarship” and “grant” are often used in place of each other.
A loan is money that you MUST pay back, usually after completing an academic program. People often receive loans based on financial need.

 International Programs Study Abroad Scholarships


​​Scholarships available to UWSP students accepted into UWSP study abroad programs in the upcoming Winterim 2015-16 and Spring semester 2016.

DEADLINE: October 2, 2015

Here's the applic​ation: Available in September, 2015​​

International Programs Scholarship Endowment (IPSE)
IPSE scholarships are available to UWSP students accepted into UWSP study abroad programs for the next academic year. 

Next Round DEADLINE: January 30, 2016
Here's the ​application:IPSE SCHOLARSHIP APP  2015-16 Long Term Only.pdf
A substantial scholarship for a woman undertaking an international service learning project. Some of UWSP's study abroad trips do qualify!


State Study Abroad Initiative Grant (SSAI)

SSAI grants are provided through UWSP International Programs thanks to funding from the State of Wisconsin Legislature.  Eligibility is based on financial need as determined by the UWSP Financial Aid Office and enrollment in an official UWSP program administered by UWSP International Programs. All eligible financial aid students receive email notification from the Director of Student Financial Aid Paul Watson and the International Programs Associate Director Mark Koepke.
Did you receive your email notification? If you are not sure of your eligibility, contact the UWSP Financial Aid Office.
To receive one of these grants, if you are eligible, simply be accepted into an official UWSP International Program offering! The amount of the grant is based on the program you choose.
SSAI Grant amounts vary according to the program, and not all programs receive SSAI Grant support. Anticipated Awards for spring 2015 and the 2015-16 academic terms are as follows:
UWSP Sponsored Semesters Abroad:
  • AUSTRALIA Program - $2000
  • BRITAIN Program in Liverpool - $1500
  • BRITAIN Programs in London - $2000
  • FRANCE Program - $1500
  • GERMANY Program in Marburg - $1500
  • HUNGARY Program - $750
  • IRELAND Program - $2000
  • ​NEW ZEALAND Program - $2000
  • POLAND Program - $1750
  • SPAIN Program - $1500
Selected Short-Term Winterim, Spring Break and Summer Programs:
  • Spanish in Oaxaca, Mexico - $500
  • Internship/Externship In London - $500
NOTE:​  Because of limited funding, NO grants are available for any of the UWSP programs not specifically listed above. Students accepted into programs offered by other universities or study abroad providers are not eligible for UWSP SSAI grants.
   Questions? Contact the International Program Office at


General Scholarships

First, do check with your academic department to see if they offer any general scholarships for students in your major. Then explore the options listed below:
  - US-based undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for full scholarships through the National Security Education Program’s (NSEP) Boren Awards, which provides fellowships and scholarships to US citizens studying in critical regions. - The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) program was created by Bill and Melinda Gates to aid underrepresented minorities (Hispanic Americans, Asian Pacific Islander Americans, African Americans, and Native Americans) in achieving an undergraduate education. - This scholarship is open to any student who is presently attending a College Language Association (CLA) member college or university and wishes to study abroad. SARA’S WISH FOUNDATION Set up in memory of Sara Schewe to promote international initiatives and scholorship.
Higher education and governmental institutions in your country, including the Department or Ministry of Education, may provide scholarships for study or professional exchanges at home or abroad. American citizens and eligible non-citizens living in the U.S. might qualify for financial assistance from their state.
International organizations and their local chapters. Many international organizations provide scholarships through their local chapters. Some chapters encourage people with diverse backgrounds to apply. Others award scholarships to people who share a common religious, ethnic, or other type of identity. Examples of such international organizations are:
  - Scholarships are provided through the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to undergraduate and graduate students from the U.S. and abroad who demonstrate high achievement and financial need. - The Gilman Scholarship Program offers study abroad awards for undergraduate students who are receiving the U.S. Federal Pell Grant at a two-year or four-year college or university.
 - The Foundation for Global Scholars is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create global citizens and leaders by assisting students in achieving their personal and professional goals of obtaining cultural and academic experiences abroad. The Foundation will support this mission by awarding scholarships to help enable students to obtain an international experience.


International Study Scholarship Search Engines

IEPassport Study Abroad Funding (A very useful site)

Specific Scholarships

Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships
International Business and Social Entrepreneurship
The John T. Petters Foundation
Minority Students
Language Students at UWSP
Disability-Related Scholarships
 allows you to search for U.S. national or state scholarships related to disability.
Disability Scholarships lists college scholarships for students with disabilities.
Disabled World posts general disability scholarships.
Disaboom Scholarship Engine is a good starting place to look for scholarships related to a specific disability.
Proyecto Visión lists a number of scholarships. Many of these are specifically for Latino students with disabilities.

Site Specific . . .

UWSP's Literary and Theatrical London 2014 Program has four $500-$1000 scholarships available for UWSP students. Please visit the office for details.
Polanki​​ —The Polish Women's Cultural Club of Milwaukee Wisconsin, U.S.A.