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Gain recognition for all your hard work and cut the cost of your college education. Whether you are an incoming, current or transferring student, we encourage you to apply for a scholarship! Scholarship award decisions are based on academic performance, extracurricular activities, community involvement, and other considerations. Some scholarships require verification of financial need; therefore, all scholarship applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

John Runkel Merit Award

Any first-year or transfer student who meets the below criteria for the 2024-2025 school year will be eligible for the John Runkel Merit Award.

*Scholarships are awarded in order of admittance while funding is available.
**Other forms of financial assistance, such as grants and scholarships, will be applied first and the scholarship amount received by the student will then be applied after all financial assistance is calculated.
***Students must maintain a 3.0+ GPA their first semester. The second half of the scholarship will be dispersed after the completion of the first semester.

UW Wausau Campus Foundation scholarships

By submitting the general UWSP at Wausau scholarship application, admitted students are considered for scholarships given each year by the UW Wausau Campus Foundation to UW-Stevens Point at Wausau students. 

For Fall 2024 applicants, the priority consideration deadline (with early notification) will be December 15, 2023, and the final deadline will be March 1, 2024.

Who should apply for UW Wausau Campus Foundation scholarships?

All current and incoming degree-seeking UWSP at Wausau students (including current high school seniors) are strongly encouraged to apply. Apply here.

What scholarships are available?

Filling out the single scholarship application guarantees you consideration for all scholarship for which you are eligible. Our scholarship list contains a listing of all scholarships, along with specific descriptions and eligibility information for each scholarship.

Some scholarships require additional steps:

Engineering Scholarships

Incoming students who declare a “Pre-Engineering A.S.” academic plan when they apply for admission to UWSP-Wausau are automatically eligible (no scholarship application required) for a $1,000 scholarship if they have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher and place into (or have already completed) MATH 118 or higher when they take the Math placement exam. Funds are limited so we encourage students to apply for admission as early as possible. 

Shannon Marie & Louis Porter Smith Foundation Scholarship

The Shannon Marie & Louis Porter Smith Foundation will award one scholarship, annually, for the fall semester, in the amount of $500. Applicants must have attended UW-Stevens Point at Wausau (or UW-Marathon County) and be currently accepted into a University of Wisconsin School of Nursing. More information can be found here

STEAM Scholarships

The UW Wausau Campus Foundation awards several STEAM Scholarships of $2,500 annually to eligible UW-Stevens Point at Wausau students. The UWSP at Wausau Scholarships & Awards Committee considers applicants based on merit, need, and intent to pursue a qualifying degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art (and Design), or Math. The application deadline has now passed for 2022-2023 scholarships, but see the 2022 Call for Submissions to learn more about the scholarships and application process. The application period will open again in fall of 2022.

Music Scholarship Auditions

All incoming students interested in pursuing a degree in music are encouraged to audition for a UW-Stevens Point at Wausau Music Scholarship.  Non-music majors who intend to play or sing in campus ensembles are also encouraged to audition for a scholarship.  More details here: Music Auditions

Newberry Creativity Award

The John S. Newberry, Jr. Award for Creativity recognizes the creative contributions of students in the fields of film, computer programming, games, musical compositions, poems, creative essays, short stories, dance, printmaking, painting, sculpture, design, ceramics, performance, independent experimental research projects and other areas.  Students may submit up to three pieces in each category.  Submissions are judged by a committee, ranked, and generally awarded $500, $250, and $100 for the top three places respectively.

UWSP students currently taking at least three credits on the Wausau campus are eligible for entry. The deadline for submissions is April 1st.  Submissions should be emailed to Renee Wallin at and include the following information:

Student Name:
Title of Submission:
Statement about the Piece (0-200 words):