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Scholarships at UW-Eau Claire

Supporting your efforts to pursue a degree

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.

Awards range from $1,000 for one year to $32,000 over four years. You may be automatically considered for some scholarships just by applying to attend UW-Eau Claire. Others require a separate scholarship application.

UWEC awards over

$3 million

in scholarships each year

Guaranteed scholarships

The following scholarships are guaranteed for incoming students if the criteria are met at the point of admission. No other action is required. Recipients will be notified by the Admissions Office.

This scholarship is a guaranteed award of $1,000 for incoming first-year students who are invited to join the University Honors Program during their first fall semester (for fall 2021 entry term) and meet the following criteria:

  • 28+ ACT composite (1300+ SAT total) and in the top 5% of high school class (or 3.95 GPA on a 4.0 scale if class rank is unavailable or #1 in your high school class), or
  • 29+ ACT composite (1330+ SAT total) and in the top 10% of high school class (or 3.95 GPA on a 4.0 scale if class rank is unavailable), or
  • 30+ ACT composite (1360+ SAT total) and in the top 15% of high school class (or 3.95 GPA on a 4.0 scale if class rank is unavailable)

These scholarships are guaranteed for students paying the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) and Nonresident tuition rates. (Students paying WI Resident or MN Resident rates are not eligible.) Students will be awarded one of the following scholarships based on which minimum eligibility requirements they meet.

$24,000 over four years
  • $6,000 for the first year, renewable for up to three years
  • This renewable scholarship is for incoming first-year students who pay the Nonresident tuition rate, and generally are from states that do not participate in the Midwest Student Exchange Program.
  • Minimum eligibility requirements
    • Pay the Nonresident tuition rate, and
    • 28 ACT composite (1300 SAT total), or
    • 3.95 GPA, or
    • Top 15% of high school class
  • Renewability requirements: maintain 3.5 GPA and take 30 student credit hours per academic year
$8,000 over four years
  • $2,000 for the first year, renewable for up to three years
  • This renewable scholarship is for incoming first-year students who pay the MSEP tuition rate, and generally reside in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota or Ohio.
  • Minimum eligibility requirements
    • Pay the MSEP tuition rate, and
    • 28 ACT composite (1300 SAT total), or
    • 3.95 GPA, or
    • Top 15% of high school class
  • Renewability requirements: maintain 3.5 GPA and take 30 student credit hours per academic year
$2,000 one-time award
  • For fall 2021 only
  • This scholarship is a one-time award for incoming first-year students who pay the MSEP or Nonresident tuition rates.
  • Minimum eligibility requirements
    • Pay the MSEP or Nonresident tuition rate, and
    • 25 ACT composite (1200 SAT total), and
    • Top 25% of high school class (or 3.5 GPA if class is unranked)

Automatic consideration scholarships

There are a number of scholarships available from $500-6,000 per year, renewable for up to four years if you meet the eligibility criteria at the point of admission. These scholarships are based on your admission application; a separate application is not required.

Some of these scholarships are designated for first-generation students and/or students with financial need (as determined by the financial aid office), who have demonstrated academic excellence in high school and continue to do so in college. We strongly encourage those interested in these scholarships to submit a FAFSA application at fafsa.gov ASAP (which opens Oct. 1 for the following year). If submitted, your FAFSA will be taken into consideration.

Scholarships that require a separate application

A variety of merit-based scholarships are available to students who are admitted and meet the minimum eligibility requirements below, at the point of admission. To be considered, students must fill out the Admissions Scholarship Application on the Gold for Blugolds scholarship site. We encourage you to apply for scholarships before the priority deadline of Dec. 1 for early awards or Feb. 1 for other awards.

  • 25 ACT composite (1200 SAT total), and
  • Top 25% of high school class (if class rank is unavailable, a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale is required)

Fall 2021 applicants: If you are unable to take the ACT or SAT prior to Feb. 1 due to COVID-19, you can be considered for scholarships with a 3.75 unweighted GPA.

NOTE: If your ACT increases to a 25 or greater (SAT total of 1200 or greater) after the point of admission and prior to February 1, please contact the admissions office.

Learn how to apply for scholarships

Other scholarships that require an additional application

There are other awards that require an additional scholarship application to be submitted for consideration.

For Geology majors: Learn more and complete the Geology Freshman Scholarship Application on our Gold for Blugolds scholarship site.

For Geography majors: Learn more and complete the Geography First-Year and Transfer Students Simpson Fund Scholarship Application on our Gold for Blugolds scholarship site.

For History majors: Learn more and complete the History Freshmen Scholarship Application on our Gold for Blugolds scholarship site.

The following are some FREE scholarship search services available online. These searches are designed to help students and parents find available private scholarship dollars. 

NOTE: It is important for students and parents to be aware of scholarship scams. There is no need to spend any money for a scholarship search service.

Incoming transfers who are eligible for scholarships at the point of admission and are admitted before March 1 (for fall) or November 15 (for spring) are encouraged to fill out the Admissions Scholarship Application on the Gold for Blugolds scholarship site.

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.

(Not applicable for China121, exchange or IEP students.)

After activating your account, go to our Gold for Blugolds site to apply online for scholarships. Once you're logged in, select Admissions Scholarship Application — International Students Only.

Automatic award (if criteria met)

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.

Deadlines:

Fall/September Semester: June 1
Spring/January Semester: December 1

Students who apply earlier may receive earlier notification of their scholarship award.

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 scholarship 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)

First-year, 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 the Gold for Blugolds scholarship site. 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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