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Undergraduate Student Funding Opportunities:

The Lawton Undergraduate Minority Retention Grant is funded by the State of Wisconsin and provides financial assistance to designated under-represented minority undergraduate students to improve opportunity for retention and graduation and to reduce the reliance on student loans.

To be eligible you must be:

  1. A resident of the state of Wisconsin;
  2. A member of one of the following minority groups who are underrepresented in higher education: African-American, Latino/a, Native American Indian or from a designated Southeast Asian minority group (Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian or Vietnamese) and who entered the United States after 1975;
  3. Not have received your first bachelor’s degree;
  4. Will be at sophomore level or higher (have earned 30 credits or more by start of Fall 2023);
  5. Have established and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better;
  6. Not be on academic or financial aid warning, probation or suspension status;
  7. And enroll for a full-time academic credit load (12 or more credit hours) each semester in which you receive the grant
  8. Demonstrate financial need as evidenced by the results of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) .

To Apply: Application for Lawton Grant is now closed for the 2023-24 year. Please check back for the 2024-25 academic year.

Please read the guidelines first: Lawton Grant Guidelines.pdf

Online application is located here: Lawton Minority Grant Application

For questions, please contact Bridget Victorey at 715-346-3225 or email:



Graduate Student Funding Opportunities:

The AOP Fellowship is a University of Wisconsin program designed to increase the number of minority/disadvantaged (M/D) students entering and completing graduate programs on a full or part-time basis, thereby increasing M/D representation in UW graduate education and subsequently in professional and academic careers in Wisconsin.  Both Wisconsin residents and non-resident students are eligible, although preference is given to Wisconsin residents.  Full-time and part-time graduates are eligible.

AOP Applicants must be:

  1. Citizens or permanent residents at the time of the application
  2. Members of traditionally under-represented minority groups (African-American, Hispanic, American Indian, Alaskan Native, or statutorily designated Southeast Asian) or a non-minority/disadvantaged student. *
  3. Admitted to a graduate degree program at UW-Stevens Point
  4. Graduated with and Undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher

*Please note that students are considered disadvantaged if they meet any of the criteria including, but not limited to one or more of the following:

  1. Have a financial need;
  2. Come from a family that received any type of assistance, including eligibility for school lunch program;
  3. Are first generation college students
  4. Have participated in special services for disadvantaged students including TRIO programs such as Upward Bound, McNair, Talent Search, etc.; and /or have not had the expectation and encouragement to pursue post graduate education as a viable option.
  5. Other extenuating circumstances such as a disability which affects academic functioning.

Application Deadline:

Applicants are expected to submit a new application each academic year.  Funding is based on the cohort applicant pool for each academic year.  Decisions towards summer funding will begin as completed applications are received.



Download Application Here: AOP Application 2023-24.pdf

Applications can be submitted one of three ways:

1: Email application to

2: Upload via Qualtrics here: Qualtrics Upload

3: Mail completed application packet to:

Diversity and College Access Department/AOP
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
1108 Fremont Street, SSC 220
Stevens Point, WI 54481


Visit the UWSP Financial Aid and Veteran Services Scholarship page here to search for more scholarship opportunities!

If you are experiencing a financial emergency, please contact the Dean of Students to see if you qualify for an emergency grant.

Emergency Grants – Stevens Point Students
Office of the Dean of Students
715-346-2611 or
To see if you qualify, contact their office via phone or email

Emergency Grants – Marshfield and Wausau Students
Branch Campus Solution Center
Grant Application Form

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The Noel Compass Scholarship Program is a privately funded scholarship established to encourage and reward academic achievement, leadership, and citizenship for students of color from Wisconsin high schools attending UW-Stevens Point.