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Incoming Student Admissions Scholarships

Outstanding achievement deserves recognition, and that's why we invest our resources in you. We offer more than $525,000 in merit based scholarships each year. Some of our scholarships are automatic, while other require a separate application. See below for details about automatic scholarships, eligibility, and how to apply for additional scholarships.
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Scholarship process:

Freshmen scholarship applicants must have an ACT score of 25+ and be in the top 25 percent of their high school class (or if class rank is unavailable, a GPA of 3.5+ on a 4.0 scale) to be considered for UW-Eau Claire Foundation Scholarships. Incoming freshmen who are eligible at the point of admission and are admitted before the December 1 priority application deadline may be considered for early awards. Eligible freshmen accepted by the Feb. 1 application deadline may be considered for all applicable awards. See application below.

Incoming transfer students who are eligible at the point of admission, are admitted before March 1 (for the following fall term), and have a minimum transferable GPA of 3.5 are eligible to be considered for all applicable awards. (Note: Nontraditional students {freshmen or transfer} will be reviewed for applicable scholarships at the point of admission prior to March 1.)

Automatic Scholarships

You deserve to know what you can expect from your university when it comes to paying for college. Here are a few scholarships that are guaranteed if you are eligible at the point of admission. To be considered for additional incoming scholarships, please see the application below.

Freshman Honors Guarantee 
Automatic award designed to reward highly motivated students with a $1,000 scholarship based on the following criteria:

  • 28+ ACT and in the top 5%of high school class (or a GPA of 3.95 if class rank is unavailable or #1 in your high school class)
  • 29 ACT and in the top 10% of high school class (or a GPA of 3.95 if class rank is unavailable)
  • 30 ACT and in the top 15% of high school class (or a GPA of 3.95 if class rank is unavailable)

University Honors Program
In addition to the Freshman Honors Guarantee $1,000 scholarship, if you meet the criteria above you are offered an invitation to the University Honors Program. Don't meet the automatic criteria? Contact us; we'd love to talk about a holistic invitation to the University Honors Program: or 715-836-3621.

National Merit Scholarship
Finalists who specify UW-Eau Claire as their first-choice institution by the National Merit Corporation deadline will be guaranteed a scholarship. Students will be awarded up to $5,000, renewable each year for a total of four years with a 3.0 GPA. If five scholarships are exceeded, students are guaranteed a minimum scholarship up to $2,000. Have questions about the National Merit Scholarship? Contact Zach Boerner at or 715-836-5415.

Out-of-State student scholarship
Guaranteed award of at least $1,000 to students (excluding residents of Minnesota due to reciprocity) who meet the basic scholarship eligibility criteria (ACT of 25+and top 25% of graduation class or GPA of 3.5 if class is unranked) and who have financial need based on completion of the FAFSA form (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholarship
The UW-Eau Claire Foundation awards Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholarships valued at $2,250 for up to four years.

Get more information:
Scholarships awarded to prospective incoming freshman/transfer students: click here.
Scholarships awarded to current students: click here

Apply for Scholarships

Freshmen and transfer students who have been admitted are eligible to apply for scholarships. If deadlines for scholarships are quickly approaching, you may begin your application prior to admission.  
1. If you have not done so already, you will need to activate your account at To activate your account, you will need the following information: your username and campus ID (which were sent in an email when you applied or are on your admit letter), birth date, and the last four digits of your social security number (if you provided UW-Eau Claire with that information) or your UWEC PIN that you were sent in a separate email.

2. After activating your account, apply online for scholarships. Sign in using your UW-Eau Claire username and password.

What is considered in the scholarship process?

As you are filling out your application for admission, make sure to keep in mind that your transcripts, list of involvement, and essays are among the criteria that will be reviewed for scholarship purposes. Incoming freshmen scholarships are highly competitive. The typical profile of the 2013 freshman scholarship recipient was in the top 6% of their graduating class with an ACT composite score of 29.

When will I hear if I've been awarded a scholarship?
Scholarship award notices will be sent to scholarship recipients by the beginning of April of their senior year. If scholarships are declined, we will re-award to alternates throughout the summer months.

When will I hear about my financial aid package?
Students who have applied for need-based aid through financial aid will be notified of their aid packages directly from the Office of Financial Aid. If you have questions about your financial aid package, please contact the Office of Financial Aid by phone at 715-836-3373 or by email at

Have more questions about the scholarship process?
Contact admissions at or 715-836-5415.

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