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A scholarship is a monetary award that does not have to be repaid. Scholarships are a great way to help subsidize the costs associated with attending college. 

Freshman Scholarships through the Admissions Office

Merit-Based Scholarships

In recognition of outstanding academic achievement, UW-La Crosse awards more than 400 merit-based scholarships to incoming students each year through a competitive scholarship award process.

What is the Merit-Based Scholarship process?

All incoming freshmen students who are admitted by our priority application date of February 1, will be considered for incoming freshmen merit-based scholarships. There is no separate application to apply for these funds.

What is considered in the scholarship process?

Merit-based scholarship award consideration includes evaluation of criteria including high school course rigor, class rank, grade point average, ACT/SAT scores, and application essays.

When will I hear if I've been awarded a merit-based scholarship?

Scholarship award notices will be mailed beginning in the late fall and continue through spring. 

Special Circumstances

While the majority of our scholarships are merit-based, funds are available to acknowledge special circumstances, experiences, and efforts in addition to academic success. Completion of this form is not required nor does it guarantee an award. However, the information provided may allow us to better acknowledge a student's holistic life experience based on the mission, vision, and values of our institution.

Special Circumstances Form

Eagle Apprentice Program

The Eagle Apprentice Program offers 50 first- and second-year students an engaging educational experience while providing faculty members with assistance in areas such as student-faculty research, instructional assistance, and computing support. Financial support for the Eagle Apprentices includes a $1,000 grant in their first year and $1,000 in their second year.  Eligible students are selected by the Admissions Office and no application is required.

Non-Resident Scholarships

UW-La Crosse offers a number of scholarship opportunities specific to students residing outside of Wisconsin and Minnesota. For more information on our Non-Resident Scholarships, please visit our Non-Resident Tuition Programs page.

Foundation Scholarships

Through the UW-La Crosse Foundation, UW-La Crosse is able to award over $500,000 in scholarship money each year. Not only are scholarships available to entering freshman and transfer students but also to continuing UW-La Crosse students. Admitted students can apply for Foundation Scholarships from October 1 to February 1.   

Scholarship Resource Center

The Scholarship Resource Center (SRC) encourages students to focus on alternative funding options that match with their personal achievements and unique personalities.  The SRC is committed to helping students identify their strengths, locate scholarships specific to them and prepare/edit supporting materials.  To that end we will be offering a number of workshops related to the scholarship application process in the near future. 

As part of the SRC, we've created a new online scholarship database.  This database allows you to search and filter to easily locate awards you are eligible for.  We continue to grow the number of scholarship opportunities everyday, so please check often for new awards. 

Please be advised that external scholarships are separate from our UWL Foundation Scholarships. 

Graduate Scholarships

Individuals admitted to UWL graduate programs are also eligible to apply for scholarships. View the criteria for each scholarship and apply at