Your education is an investment in your future. It can be professionally rewarding and financially enriching experience with proper planning and responsible management of your resources. We make every effort to provide our students with the financial assistance programs to attend college, but also encourage our students to seek out other outside resources or scholarship opportunities to help with their educational costs and, if applicable, reduce debt. Searching for and applying for scholarships is certainly one of the best ways to do this.

These additional resources must be considered as assistance when calculating the financial aid offer. Be sure to promptly report scholarships or other resources. If they are unknown at the time you received your financial aid offer was made, adjustments may need to be made to the financial aid offer.

Scholarship/Outside Resource Reporting Form

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Below are Scholarship opportunities broken down into categories.

 Through UWSP

Scholarships Available Through UWSP

UWSP's First-year & Transfer Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded independently of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Incoming freshman scholarships are based on merit, not financial need. Priority scholarship consideration will be given to students who have submitted their application for admission and the new student scholarship application to UWSP by November 15. Automatic scholarships are awarded to both First-Year and Transfer students who meet certain academic criteria.

UWSP Purple & Gold Presidential Scholarships
No application required!

Most academic departments also have scholarship money available, both for new freshmen and continuing students in their second, third and fourth years of college. Students are encouraged to contact the department of their intended major to explore these additional scholarship possibilities.

  • A full scholarship listing is available here.

Be All the Things Scholarship

For currently underrepresented and/or nontraditional students. Two students will be awarded for Spring 2022. Apply now to meet the Friday, December 17th, 2021 deadline (complete application must be received by this date). For eligibility criteria, scholarship details and application, please click the link above.

SPUD BOWL SCHOLARSHIP - Awarded for Fall 2021 - check back Summer 2022 for Fall 22 opportunity!

Recipients must meet the GPA requirements, be involved in their community, live within the UW-Stevens Point service area, possess a farm or agriculture background, and demonstrate financial need. Multiple $1000 scholarships will be awarded.

Tommy G. Thompson Leadership Scholarship for Continuing UWSP students

The Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership offers one scholarship award of $2,300 to one student per academic year. Scholarships are intended for undergraduates who have shown public leadership in their lives in a way that reflects the general legacy of Governor Tommy G. Thompson. Governor Thompson was a broad thinker who offered common sense solutions to tackle big problems through teamwork and an unending zeal to make our state a better place. We seek high-quality applicants who reflect Tommy's spirit, have demonstrated leadership during their time in college, and will continue to lead in the future. Apply now to meet the Friday, November 19th 2021 deadline (complete application must be received by this date).

Student Government Association & US Bank Scholarship for Continuing UWSP students - Dean of Students

Tau Kappa Epsilon Larry LaBelle Memorial Scholarship - for any full-time undergraduate or graduate student of UWSP. Preference given to initiated members of TKE or a spouse, child, or grandchild of the Epsilon-Nu chapter of TKE. Applications due December 1, 2021 for Spring 2022 awards.

Sentry Dependent Scholarship Application

The Sentry Insurance Foundation will award four $2,500 scholarships annually to new, first-year students who are dependents of Sentry associates and planning to attend UWSP for the fall 2022 semester following their high school graduation. Sentry Dependent Scholarship applications are due to the UWSP Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships by 4:30pm on March 1, 2022.

Sentry Dependent Scholarship recipients will qualify for automatic renewal if they maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA, carry a minimum of 12 credits per semester, and demonstrate continued extracurricular community and/or campus involvement. Scholarships can be renewed for three continuous years at UWSP.

Non-Traditional Undergraduate Student Scholarships available at UWSP

There are scholarships available for non-traditional, undergraduate students that are not connected to a particular field of study. One letter of recommendation from a faculty member is required when applying to any of these scholarships.

 Through UWSP at Marshfield and Wausau

Scholarships Opportunities Through UWSP at Marshfield and Wausau

UWSP - Marshfield First year Scholarships

UWSP - Wausau First Year Scholarships


Additional Scholarship Opportunities (Non-UWSP)

Unigo - For DACA student scholarships

National Foster Parent Association Scholarships - For fostered or adopted youth

Brighter Star Application - For fostered or adopted youth, "age out" of court-ordered placements, etc.

Foster Youth-State of WI Department of Children and Families Scholarship Application

WAHA Steve Falek Scholarship - For participants or household members of subsidized housing

The Sallie Mae Fund - In partnership with Thurgood Marshall College Fund, will award 250 gap scholarships up to $2,500 to students who are in their final year of their postsecondary education program but need additional funds to cover a financial need. Selected students must be in good academic standing, but at risk of not completing or graduating due to an outstanding financial need.

American Indian Scholarship Opportunities:

American Indian College Fund 

Bureau of Indian Education - Higher Ed Grant Program

Cobell Scholarship

 Local Scholarships (Non-UWSP)

Local Wisconsin Student Scholarship Opportunities (Non-UWSP)

The below links are to Wisconsin area Community Foundations and other opportunities. Find your home residency community foundation below for more information and how to apply to the scholarships they offer.

Noel Compass Scholarship - A full ride scholarship created to give proactive high school minority students from specific high schools an opportunity to gain a valuable education and work experience in Stevens Point, WI.

Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin - Portage and Waushara counties

Marshfield Area Community Foundation

Incourage Community Foundation - Wisconsin Rapids/South Wood county area

Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin - Wausau and surrounding areas

Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region - Appleton area

Fond du Lac Area Foundation

Beaver Dam Scholarship Foundation

Oshkosh Area Community Foundation

Greater Green Bay Area Community Foundation

Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation

La Crosse Community Foundation

Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin - Walworth, Rock, Green, Lafayette, Iowa, Sauk, Grant, Crawford and Vernon counties

Stateline Community Foundation - Beloit and surrounding area

Black River Falls Area Foundation

Racine Community Foundation

Kenosha Community Foundation

M&M Area Community Foundation - Marinette and Menominee counties

St. Croix Valley Community Foundation - St. Croix county and surrounding area

Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation

 Search Engines, Tips & Articles

Scholarship Search Engines

BigFuture - CollegeBoard

CareerOneStop - Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor


Fastweb - Once you complete your profile you’ll have access to Fastweb’s database of more than 1.5 million scholarships.

MBA Scholarships - Search for general MBA Scholarships, MBA Scholarships for Minorities, Women and Military

Nitro - Scholarships for Graduate Students

SallieMae Scholarship Search - Check out Sallie Mae’s College Scholarship Search to get free access to over 5 million scholarships worth up to $24 billion for college

Sallie Mae Graduate School Scholarship Search - Check out Sallie Mae’s brand-new Graduate Scholarship Search to quickly and easily search more than 850,000 scholarships worth up to $1 billion – for free

Wisconsin Public Service Foundation - Northeastern and Central Wisconsin scholarships

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