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The Scholarship Resource Center (SRC) is a resource for students who are focused on finding alternative funding for their education. The SRC is committed to helping students locate scholarships, grants and cash awards that fit their unique qualifications, educate them on submitting high quality applications and ultimately, see them further their education by receiving funds to fund that education.

The University of Wisconsin Foundation was created in 1967. The Foundation raises funds, administers, and disburses dollars to support programs and activities furthering the mission of the university. The UWL Foundation Scholarships are open from October 1st and remain open until early February. These scholarships are awarded in the spring semester and will be applied to the student account for the the following aid year.

The Scholarship Resource Center is located in The Union 0130. To schedule an appointment, follow this link:

Or stop by our office


You’ve already started by finding the Scholarship Resource Center. Search our External Scholarship Database. Don’t forget to apply for the UWL Foundation Scholarships each year (October 1-February).

Already working on applications? Make an appointment with the SRC staff or stop in one of our workshop to get help editing!

UWL Foundation Scholarships are due early February each year but external scholarships have deadlines throughout the year. Keep in mind that many scholarships are only awarded once a year, so missing a deadline can mean missing out until the next cycle. Applications submitted past the deadline are usually not considered.

Scholarships can be found through churches, high schools, private organizations and foundations in your community. You may want to be in direct contact with large companies in your area or your parent's employer. In some cases, you may not have to be directly associated with an organization to qualify for a scholarship.

University scholarship awards disburse in accordance with the University's financial aid award policy. Consistent with University policy, the total annual aid amount awarded to a student, including all scholarships and grants, cannot exceed cost of attendance at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Financial aid awards (e.g., loans, work study, scholarships, or grants) may be
reduced for students whose total aid exceeds the cost of their program for the academic year.

If you receive any scholarship from organizations outside of UWL (e.g.: a local community organization, church, etc.) it is your responsibility to forward the check(s) to the Cashier’s Office and let the Financial Aid Office know via the online reporting tool found in WINGS under Financial Aid-Reporting Other Aid.

When you receive a scholarship from an organization outside of UWL, your existing financial aid awards will be reviewed and adjustments may be made based on the receipt of your scholarship(s). You may see a reduction in other types of aid, such as loans, work-study, or institutional aid.

Be wary of scholarship scams! If you have any doubts about a scholarship organization, avoid it. You should never have to pay for a scholarship. If you receive unsolicited offers to assist you in finding scholarships that seem too good to be true, they probably are.

Foundation Scholarships FAQ

If you will be enrolled for the 2024-2025 academic year, you are eligible to apply for UWL Foundation scholarships beginning October 1, 2023. The application deadline date is February 1, 2024, at midnight. Please apply and search at using your NETID credentials.

If you will be enrolled for the 2024-2025 academic year, you are eligible to apply for UWL Foundation scholarships beginning Oct. 1, 2023. The application deadline date is Feb. 1st, 2024, at midnight.

All admitted/enrolled students SIGN-IN to the system using your UWL NET ID AND PASSWORD. Do not include as part of your username.

If you are an incoming freshman or transfer student, you must activate UWL Net ID account before signing into the scholarship system. Activate your UWL account at

You must apply for scholarships based on what your class level will be for the upcoming academic year. For example, if you are currently a 1st year or freshman student, you must apply for scholarships available to sophomores (2nd year). If you are currently a 3rd year or junior student, you must apply for scholarships available to seniors (4th or 5th year).

You must first update or complete the general application before searching or applying for other specific scholarships. “Our” scholarships are those funded through the UWL Foundation.

Use the search tab to search for UWL Foundation scholarships. Use broad keywords such as theat (to search for theatre or theater scholarships), phy or exercise (to search for physical education, physical therapy or other ESS scholarships). Incoming freshmen or 1st year students should use the keyword (fresh) to search for all awards related to freshman or freshmen.

Search for current external scholarships at

Continuing students must upload a current UWL transcript. You can access an unofficial transcript via WINGS, My Academics, View my Unofficial Transcript, save to your computer and then upload to your scholarship application.

Incoming freshman must contact their guidance counselor for an unofficial transcript and upload with the application. Scan the transcript and save as a pdf and upload, or simply upload if you received the transcript via email. The scholarship system is not able to access the transcript submitted to the Admissions Office.

Scholarship recipients will be notified by their UWL email in April.

Callie Smith, or 608-785-8760