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.
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.
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.
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 May 1, 2021 for fall 2021 awards.
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.
UWSP - Marshfield First year Scholarships
UWSP - Wausau First Year Scholarships
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
American Indian Scholarship Opportunities:
American Indian College Fund
Bureau of Indian Education - Higher Ed Grant Program
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
BigFuture - CollegeBoard
Graduate School Scholarship Search Engine: Sallie Mae
Scholarship Tips and Articles
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How to find scholarships
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