Scholarship Information

Scholarships are a great source for funding higher education. Students are often surprised to learn of the wide variety of scholarships available to them. We encourage all our students to take full advantage of any opportunity they may qualify for. UW-L now offers students a searchable database of available scholarships and the ability to apply online. Be sure to also search on any keywords that may describe your situation such as your specific college, or your academic classification (eg. freshman, sophomore, junior, senior). The following are targeted primarily towards Geography/Earth Science students.

Geography Students

Earth Science Students

In addition to these awards, the UW-L Geography & Earth Science Department is proud to offer the Ryan Michael Poehling Memorial Scholarship Fund. This fund was established by the Hank and Sandra Poehling family of La Crosse in honor of their son, Ryan, a 1995 honors graduate of UW-L who majored in Geography. Upon graduation from UW-L, Ryan continued to pursue his academic passions at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Nearing completion of his Ph.D., Ryan passed away on December 17, 2000. More on Ryan and his graduate work can be found here.

Criteria for this award is as follows:

  • at least junior standing

  • Geography major

  • 3.0 or higher GPA

  • the following will be weighed in evaluating student applications: overall GPA as well as geography/earth science GPA; record of involvement in extracurricular affairs, either in geography or otherwise; record of responsibility, including the satisfactory completion of all course and research-related work; potential as a future geography scholar; student essays-which will be required as part of the application process-describing the student's future plans, including plans for graduate study in geography. Students selected must, to the extent possible, personify the virtues of optimism and appreciation of life which characterized Ryan Poehling. Students must have a demonstrated interest in attending graduate school in geography. The evaluation of the student to determine if they fulfill the special requirements of the Ryan Poehling Scholarship will be facilitated by the following: faculty discussion at the time of the award of the extent to which student applicants embody the spirit of Ryan and the evaluation of student essays submitted as part of the application process

  • UW-L Scholarship Application required along with essay describing student's future professional plans including plans for graduate study in geography

The application deadline for the Poehling Scholarship is early to mid November with forms and further details available in the Geography Department office located in 2004 Cowley Hall. The award amount may vary from year to year but typically runs about $2,000!

In addition to the above listings, other scholarship opportunities are available to students at the UW-L Foundation web site which can be found using the following links:

Freshman            College of Science & Health            General University            Miscellaneous

For more information on scholarship opportunities or questions, contact Sara Olson in the UW-L Foundation Office.