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Honors Scholarships

Check out ways it pays to be an honors student.

There are opportunities for new and current honors students. See details below.

Honors Scholarships for First-Year Students

First-Year Honors Scholarship

If you are a first-semester student who has qualified to be admitted automatically or holistically to the University Honors Program for the fall semester, you will receive a $1,000 Honors Guarantee Scholarship. You don't even have to apply for this scholarship — you'll receive half in the fall and half in the spring semester of your first year. For more details, contact the Honors Program office. If you’re receiving the First-Year Honors Scholarship, we invite you to apply for the Honors Fellowship as well!

Honors Fellowship

The Honors Program is excited to announce a new fellowship award for new first-year students entering Fall 2022. We invite prospective students to apply to become part of our first cohort of Honors Fellows!

The Honors Fellowship supports highly motivated students who are committed both to learning and to improving their communities—to putting their knowledge into action in the world. Honors Fellows demonstrate resilience, a passion for service and leadership, and dedication to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

honors students develop outreach and services at the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic

Honors Fellows form a close community of mutual support within the larger University Honors Program and receive extensive, regular mentoring from the honors director and honors faculty. They also receive all benefits associated with the University Honors Program, including access to special discussion-focused, interdisciplinary courses reserved only for honors students, an invitation to join the Honors Living Learning Community, as well as special opportunities for research, teaching, and leadership. Each cohort of Fellows receive mentoring and funding to collaborate on a campus or community project during their first year.

Fellows are awarded a $2000 scholarship, which is renewable for a second year, if the Fellow maintains a 3.5 cumulative GPA, completes 30 credit hours, and completes HNRS 100 as well as two honors courses during their first year.

All students who participate in the University Honors Program are eligible to apply. Interested students who have not received an invitation to the Honors Program may still apply for the Honors Fellowship; their applications will first be reviewed for admission to the Honors Program. Note that Honors Fellows must participate in the Honors Program to receive the award.

To apply:

  • If you have not done so already, you will need to activate your account
  • Then, go to Gold for Blugolds and login with your UWEC username and password. (Trouble? This video will walk you through how to use Gold for Blugolds.)
  • Click on "Scholarship Search," and then under "Program/Activity," click "Honors" and look for the Honors Fellowship. 
  • The final deadline to apply is May 1, 2022, but apply as soon as possible.

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Scholarships for Current University Honors Students

Two scholarships are open to current University Honors Students: Ryan Prechel Honors Scholarship and the Ron Mickel Senior Honors Scholarship. Students may apply for either or both by submitting their application via the Honors Scholarship eForm.  The deadline for applications is March 15.

Ryan Prechel Honors Scholarship & Ron Mickel Senior Honors Scholarship Application eForm

Jordan Munos conducting research

Jordan Munos receives Ron Mickel Senior Honors Scholarship

Jordan Munos, senior Biochemistry/Molecular Biology major and honors student, is the recipient of the Ronald Mickel Senior Honors Scholarship.

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Morgan Mack accepting check for Honors Student Steering Committee as part of Honors Prechel Scholarship.

Honors student leader, Morgan Mack is awarded the Ryan Prechel Honors Scholarship for 2020-21.

This scholarship is awarded to an outstanding University Honors student who has demonstrated both a passion for service and exceptional leadership. Morgan has exemplified these qualities through her dedicated work with the Honors Program.

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Gilman Scholar Mariah Sands in South Africa

Gilman Scholar Studies in South Africa

Senior Music Education major and Honors student Mariah Sands recently studied abroad for a semester in Stellenbosch, South Africa with the support of a prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

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More than just money

All universities offer scholarships, but we pair some scholarships with extraordinary and enriching experiences. Here are a few of the scholarships that support students financially while they are participating in special educational opportunities. 

Gold for Blugolds Scholarship Network

Blugold Fellowship

This scholarship awards $1,500 plus a $1,200 work stipend to collaborate with a faculty member on research during your freshman year. The scholarship is renewable for your sophomore year under the stipulation that you maintain a 3.0 GPA during your freshman year and continue to conduct faculty-student research. For more info or to apply, visit Gold for Blugolds through the link below, and search for Blugold Fellowship.

Centennial Experience HIPS

The Centennial Experience High Impact Practices Scholarship offers $2,500 awards to incoming freshman students who want to experience the high impact practices that set UWEC apart from the crowd: incredible opportunities in international travel, innovative internships, applied research and cultural experiences. For more info or to apply, visit Gold for Blugolds through the link above, and search for high impact.

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