Your education is an investment in yourself and your future, and we believe in supporting you. You may be eligible for financial assistance based on merit or need through our scholarship program.
To view scholarship opportunities specifically for UW-Eau Claire – Barron County students, click here.
Scholarships are awarded in various amounts and are based on a number of criteria (which must be met at the point of admission). Some scholarships are awarded automatically based on your college application, while others require that you fill out a separate application. Make sure to apply for scholarships before our priority deadline of December 1 for early awards or February 1 for other awards.
Browse our incoming student scholarships
Click on the categories below to see details about our scholarships.
Automatic scholarships (first-year)
You will be automatically considered for a number of scholarships if you meet the eligibility criteria. Eligibility is determined from your application for admission – no separate scholarship application is required! These scholarships range from $500 - $6,000 and are renewable for up to four years. (Tip: The essay on your admission application is part of the review process, so you may want to spend a little extra time on that essay!)
The following scholarships are guaranteed for incoming students for the fall 2021 semester if the criteria are met and will be awarded to students automatically.
Freshman Honors Guarantee | $1,000
All incoming freshmen invited to join the University Honors Program during their first fall semester receive a guaranteed $1,000 scholarship (for fall 2021 entry term) based on the following criteria:
- 28+ ACT (1300+ SAT total) 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 (1330+ SAT total) and in the top 10% of high school class (or a GPA of 3.95 if class rank is unavailable)
- 30+ ACT (1360+ SAT total) and in the top 15% of high school class (or a GPA of 3.95 if class rank is unavailable)
Out-of-State Student Scholarship | $2,000
Guaranteed award of at least $2,000 to out-of-state first-year students (for fall 2021) who meet the basic scholarship eligibility criteria (ACT of 25+ or SAT total of 1200+ and top 25% of graduating class or GPA of 3.5 if class is unranked). Students must reside in states other than Wisconsin or Minnesota and be considered non-residents for tuition purposes.
Scholarships to apply for (first-year)
25+ ACT score plus top 25% of class
- Equivalent of 25+ ACT is a 1200+ SAT total score
- If class rank is unavailable, a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale is required
- If your ACT increases to a 25 or greater (SAT Total of 1200 or greater) after the point of admissions and prior to February 1, please contact the admissions office.
- Students applying for fall 2021 who are unable to take the ACT or SAT prior to February 1 due to COVID-19 can be considered for scholarships with a 3.75 unweighted GPA.
We have a variety of merit-based scholarships available to students who are admitted and are eligible to apply based on the criteria listed above. The majority of these scholarships, including diversity scholarships, can be applied for by filling out a single application (using the steps under "How to apply for scholarships" below). Scholarships that require a separate application are listed below. We encourage you to apply for scholarships before our priority deadline of December 1 for early awards or February 1 for other awards. Click here to view all first-year student scholarships available.
Scholarships with a separate application
These separate applications can be found in Gold for Blugolds. Reference the "How to apply for scholarships" section below to access Gold for Blugolds.
Blugold Freshman Geology| $1,000+
Geology: Complete the Geology Freshman Scholarship Application.
Simpson Fund | $1,000
Geography: Upon meeting requirements, incoming first-year and transfer students will be eligible for one of six Simpson Fund Geography Scholarships — $1,000 in the first year and renewable for $1,500 in the second year with satisfactory progress toward the geography degree. Complete the Geography First-Year and Transfer Students Simpson Fund Scholarship Application.
Herbert and Eleanor Sack Memorial Scholarship | $700
History: This scholarship will be awarded to an incoming first-year student for the coming academic year who has declared a major in History. Priority will be given to those students who rank high in their graduating class and have demonstrated scholastic ability through high ACT or SAT scores. Complete the History Freshmen Scholarship Application.
Automatic award (if criteria met):
Out-of-State Transfer Scholarship | $2,000
Guaranteed award of at least $2,000 to students residing in states other than Minnesota or Wisconsin and considered non-resident for tuition purposes. Students must also meet the basic transfer scholarship eligibility criteria (transferable college GPA of 3.5 or higher). The GPA used for awarding this scholarship is the one listed on your transfer credit report by January 1 (if admitted for spring) or August 1 (if admitted for fall).
Awards to apply for:
Blugold Promise | $300 - $1,000+
Students get $300 - $1,000 their first year. Those who perform well academically will receive additional funds in their second year.
Transfer Chancellor's Scholarship | $1,000
Incoming transfer students with a transferable GPA of 3.5 at the point of admission are eligible to be considered for all applicable awards. The scholarship application must be submitted by March 1 for fall and by November 15 for spring. Note: Nontraditional students (freshmen or transfer) will be reviewed for applicable scholarships at the point of admissions prior to March 1.
Incoming International Student Scholarship | $2,000 - $6,000
Awarded to admitted degree-seeking international students based on demonstrated academic achievements, involvement in extra-curricular and co-curricular activities, and leadership.
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How to 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.
If you have not done so already, you will need to activate your account. 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
- last four digits of your social security number, or your UWEC PIN that you were sent in a separate email (if you did not provide us with your social security number)
After activating your account, apply online for scholarships at our Gold for Blugolds site. Sign in using your UW-Eau Claire username and password. Once you're logged in, select the Admissions Scholarship Application, as this single application will automatically apply you for the majority of incoming student scholarships.
How to accept your scholarship(s)
Freshmen, transfer, international and nontraditional students who have received notification from the Admissions Office about receiving a scholarship(s) should log back into Gold for Blugolds to accept their award(s).
Log back into Gold for Blugolds. If you have not yet activated your account, please refer to Step 1 in the previous section.
Select the My Awards tab to accept the scholarship(s) you have been awarded. If you have questions, contact Admissions at email@example.com or 715-836-5415.