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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 through our scholarship program. Each year, UWEC awards over $3 million in scholarships. Awards range from $1,000 for one year to $32,000 over four years.

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Scholarships are competitive. We strongly encourage every student to complete the Admissions Scholarship Application. Make sure to activate your account and apply online for scholarships on our Gold for Blugolds scholarship site. Select the Admissions Scholarship Application as this single application allows you to apply for most incoming student scholarships.

Application deadlines


The scholarship deadline for first-year students is December 1. Applications submitted by February 1 will be considered for late awards.


The scholarship deadline for transfer students is March 1 for fall and November 15 for spring.


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

Students who apply earlier may receive earlier notification of their scholarship award. NOTE: International students must complete a separate application available on the Gold for Blugolds scholarship site.

Additional scholarship opportunities

We automatically consider you for scholarships based on your application for admission and your academic profile. No other action is required. Recipients will be notified by the Admissions Office. To maximize your scholarship options, we encourage you to complete the Admissions Scholarship Application and research private scholarships as well.

First-Year Honors Scholarship | $1,000

This scholarship is a guaranteed award of $1,000 for incoming first-year students (for fall entry term) who meet the following criteria:

  • 28+ ACT composite (1300+ SAT total) and in the top 5% of high school class (or 3.95 unweighted 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 unweighted 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 unweighted GPA on a 4.0 scale if class rank is unavailable)
Out-of-State Awards | $8,000-32,000

First-year scholarships range from $8,000-32,000 over four years and transfer scholarships range from $8,000-$16,000 over two years. They are for students paying the nonresident tuition rate; students paying WI resident or MN resident rates are not eligible. International students are not eligible. See the International scholarships section below.

Private scholarships

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.

International scholarships

(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.

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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