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Scholarship campaign

  • Need-based scholarships

    The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is highly regarded nationally for the quality of the education it provides and the caliber of its students. A degree from UW-L is still considered to be a great investment, but as each year passes and state funding for higher education continues to decline, it becomes more difficult to maintain that value.

    How you can help

    Help us fill the gap! Only a handful of federal programs – mostly loans – and one state program are available to help students with the greatest levels of documented need. In addition, a large number of UW-L students narrowly miss the threshold for these programs and do not qualify for any grant support.

    With nearly three out of four of our students graduating with a significant amount of debt – and so much uncertainty on the long-term stability of government programs – UW-L wants to create its own source of assistance designed to help students who need it most. Please consider establishing a scholarship fund through the UW-L Foundation that will provide assistance to students with the greatest financial need. 

    macpherson portrait“I know the difference a scholarship can make to the life of a student, because I see that every day in the students who come to UW-L. We want to make sure that every student who has the ability to benefit from attending UW-L has the opportunity to succeed, and that financial hardship is not a factor in their decision making. That’s why this scholarship campaign is so vital: it can be the difference between that aspiring teacher achieving his dream or deferring it, the difference between that accountant achieving her career goals or putting them on hold. Let’s help the next generation be successful. Our alumni will change the world — if we give them the opportunity to become students in the first place.” 

    — Heidi Macpherson, Ph.D., Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs 

  • Need-based scholarships Merit-based scholarships Donor-selected scholarships
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  • Keeley story
    “These scholarships have come at a time right when I’m finding myself on the edge of knowing I can’t possibly work any harder and something has to give in order to keep going. This money could be a real means to ensure I can still get to school and finish something I have worked so hard for.” 

    — Keeley McConaughey, English major, emphasis in Rhetoric and Writing, Spanish minor — enrolled since 2009 — GPA 3.68 — dean’s list.

    1. The William Hyde Scholarship for English 
    2. The Jean Foss & Norene Smith Organization for Campus Women (OCW) Scholarship 
    3. The Gund Family Scholarship

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