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Incoming Student Admissions Scholarships

Automatic Scholarships | Diversity Scholarships | Scholarships with separate applications

In recognition of outstanding academic achievement, UW-Eau Claire awards more than a quarter of a million dollars in merit-based scholarships to outstanding students each year through a competitive scholarship process.

HonorsScholarship process:  
(Please check back for the Fall 2015 scholarship application. New information will be posted soon.)

Incoming freshmen who are eligible at the point of admission and are admitted before Feb. 1 are encouraged to fill out the separate scholarship application (available in August) to be considered for all applicable awards. Eligible freshmen accepted by the December 1 priority application deadline may be considered for early awards. 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.

Incoming transfer students who are eligible at the point of admission and are admitted before November 1 (for spring term) or March 1 (for fall term), are encouraged to fill out the separate scholarship application (available in August) to be considered for all applicable awards. Transfer scholarships applicants must have a minimum transferable GPA of 3.5 to be considered.

(Note: Nontraditional students {freshmen or transfer} will be reviewed for applicable scholarships at the point of admission prior to March 1.)  

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 calling 715-836-3373 or by e-mail at

Get more information: 

  • Scholarships for which eligible incoming students are considered for after the submission of the separate scholarship application (available in August)
  • Guaranteed incoming freshmen awards  - see below
  • Scholarships that require a separate application - see below
  • Scholarships for currently enrolled students

Guaranteed Awards

Freshman Honors Guarantee
New freshmen who meet the criteria below at the point of admission will be invited into the University Honors Program, and are guaranteed at least a $1,000 scholarship for their freshman year. New Freshmen with other criteria may also be invited into the University Honors Program; and are guaranteed at least a $1,000 scholarship as well (see additional admissions criteria at: The Freshmen Honors award of $1,000 is not dependent upon participation in the University Honors program.

·  ACT composite of 28+ and high school class rank in the top 5%

·  ACT composite of 29+ and high school class rank in the top 10%

·  ACT composite of 30+ and high school class rank in the top 15%

·  ACT composite of 28+ and rank #1 in their high school class

National Merit Scholarship
UW-Eau Claire is one of the few Wisconsin public universities to participate in the prestigious National Merit Scholarship Program. Finalists who specify UW-Eau Claire as their first-choice institution by the National Merit Corporation deadline, will be eligible for this scholarship. Admission applications of finalists will be reviewed for the selection process. There is no separate application to apply. Five students will be awarded up to $5,000, renewable each year for a total of four years with a 3.0 GPA. For details feel free to contact Admissions at 715-836-5415 or

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

Excellence. Our Measure. Our Motto. Our Goal.