Scholarships

Scholarships to support your education

Helping you become a Blugold is our top priority. The UW-Eau Claire Foundation provides $700,000+ in scholarships to incoming students like you each year!

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.

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 based on the following criteria:

  • 28+ ACT (1310+ 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 (1350+ SAT total) and in the top 10% of high school class (or a GPA of 3.95 if class rank is unavailable) 
  • 30+ ACT (1390+ SAT total) and in the top 15% of high school class (or a GPA of 3.95 if class rank is unavailable) 

University Honors Program | N/A

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: honors@uwec.edu or 715-836-3621.)

National Merit Scholarship | $2,000+

National Merit Scholarship Corporation notifies students of their semi-finalist status in September of their senior year based on their PSAT score. Students who are selected as finalists can name UW-Eau Claire as their top choice institution, and as incoming freshmen they will be awarded up to $20,000 over four years. Once attending UW-Eau Claire, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA to continue receiving this scholarship. (Note: In a given year, if five National Merit recipients choose to attend UWEC, any additional students receive the minimum scholarship of $2,000.) If you are a National Merit semi-finalist or finalist and have questions, contact Joey Bohl at gibbonje@uwec.edu or 715-836-5415.

Out-of-State Student Scholarship | $2,000

Guaranteed award of at least $2,000 to out-of-state new freshmen 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.

Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholarship | $2,250

Valued at $2,250 for up to four years.

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 Feb. 1 please contact the admissions office.

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. Many of the scholarships can be applied for by filling out a single application (use steps under "How to apply for scholarships" below), while others require a separate application (separate application noted below). We encourage you to apply for scholarships before our priority deadline of December 1 for early awards or February 1 for other awards.

Blugold Fellowship | $5,400 

Students work with faculty members to conduct collaborative research during freshman and sophomore year. $1,500 each year and a $1,200 work stipend. 

Blugold Promise | $1,000+ 

Students get $1,000 their freshman year. Those who perform well academically will receive $500 or more as a sophomore. 

Chancellors | $1,000 

Recognizes students who have challenged themselves to achieve excellence. 

Mark of Excellence | $3,000 

Recognizes students who have challenged themselves to achieve excellence.

Hoeppner | $5,000+ 

Renewable for an additional 3 years, and will be given to students with significant financial need and from economically challenged rural areas in Wisconsin. 

Local Blugold Scholarship | $6,000

An award of $6,000 ($1,500 per year, renewable for up to an additional three years for students who maintain a 3.25 total college GPA at the end of each academic year) Eligible students must graduate from one of the eligible high schools, which are located within a 30-mile radius of UW-Eau Claire. (Home-schooled students who live within a 30-mile radius of campus should contact the Admissions Office to discuss eligibility.) This scholarship is superseded by the National Merit Scholarship and Diversity Scholars Awards. Questions? Contact Gunther Carpenter at carpengp@uwec.edu or 715-836-5415.

CARE Center Founders | $5,800

Secondary Math Education: Students receive a $1,200 work stipend for employment in the CARE Center (Math tutoring center) for four years. They also receive an additional $1,000 non-renewable scholarship their freshman year. Preference is given to students who have prior tutoring experience and a passion for helping others be successful in math. (Hint: In your application essay, be sure to address your passion for math!)

CHAASE | $5,000 

Health Care Administration: Preference will be given to students from states other than MN or WI who have volunteered or worked in a senior care setting.

Health Care Administration | $1,000

Health Care Administration: Respected companies such as Alden, Benedictine, Clifton Larson Allen, Golden Living, and Wipfli LLP are offering several $1,000 scholarships to declared Health Care Administration majors. Preference will be given to candidates who, in addition to a strong academic record, have been involved in extracurricular activities and have demonstrated leadership abilities. (Hint: To be considered for the Honoring Grandparents scholarship, be sure to discuss in your application essay how an elderly person has affected your life and influenced your choice of profession.)

Karlgaard | $20,000

Computer Science: Awarded over 4 years. Must maintain a 3.3 GPA or higher, be involved in research their junior and senior years of college, and be declared as a computer science, software engineer, or computer engineering major.

Kincaid | $27,800

Pre-Medicine: Students receive a $2,000 first-year scholarship, then may be eligible for additional funding equivalent to the cost of in-state tuition renewable for up to an additional three years if they continue to have a passion for a career in medicine, maintain a 3.5 GPA, and receive approval by the program director. Financial need may be considered, but is not the main criteria for selection: Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate a strong potential for academic success and a sincere passion for a career in medicine.

Sentry | $2,500+

Accounting and financing, business administration, computer science, health care administration, information systems, management, marketing, or math. Renewable with 3.3 GPA in one of the above majors. 

*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. *Separate application required.

*Unimin | $1,000+ 

Geology: Upon meeting requirements, students will be eligible for one of four $2,500 Unimin Corp. Sophomore Geology Scholarships. *Separate application required. 

Welcome to Physics | $1,000

Physics: This scholarship will be awarded to an incoming student who has declared a major in physics. Preference will be given to students in groups traditionally underrepresented in physics.

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).

Automatic consideration (if criteria met):

Transfer Local Blugold Scholarship | $6,000

Award of up to $6,000 total ($1,500 per year, renewable for up to an additional three years for students who maintain a 3.25 total college GPA at the end of each academic year) to incoming transfer students who have a transfer GPA of 3.5 (or meet freshmen scholarship criteria if in the first semester of college) at point of admission and have graduated from one of the eligible local high schools listed here. This award is available for spring term students who are admitted by November 15. Questions? Contact Heather Pearson at pearsonh@uwec.edu or 715-836-4315.

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.

Diversity Scholars | $24,000 

Recognizes multicultural students who have demonstrated academic achievements, community service, and school leadership. Amount over 4 years with a 3.0 GPA. (Students who have a minimum 25 on their ACT and rank in the top 25% of their graduating class [3.5+ GPA if no class rank] are automatically considered.)

Diversity Achievement | $2,000

Recognizes multicultural students who have demonstrated academic achievements, community service, and school leadership. (Students who have a minimum 25 on their ACT and rank in the top 25% of their graduating class [3.5+ GPA if no class rank] are automatically considered.)

Blugold Beginning Learning Community Scholarship | $1,000

Recognizes multicultural students who have demonstrated academic achievements, community service, and school leadership. Requires acceptance to the Learning Community (no separate application required).

Office of Multicultural Affairs Diversity Scholarships | $200-$800

Awarded to incoming freshman based upon financial need (no separate application required).

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.

Nazneen & Saleem Chida Memorial International Scholarship | $2,000

Renewable up to three years. Preference is given to female students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have demonstrated academic achievements and leadership.

Shaul and Alice Aharoni Family Scholarship | Variable

Awarded to an Israeli student majoring in the sciences based on a holistic review of the student's academic achievements, essays, and activities/involvement.

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Scholarship information

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. 

Step 1:

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)
Step 2: 

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).

Step 1: 

Log back into Gold for Blugolds. If you have not yet activated your account, please refer to Step 1 in the previous section.

Step 2: 

Select the My Awards tab to accept the scholarship(s) you have been awarded. If you have questions, contact Admissions at admissions@uwec.edu or 715-836-5415.

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