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Foundation Scholarships

A page within Scholarship Resource Center

The UWL Foundation Scholarships are offered by the UWL Alumni & Friends Foundation. These are internal scholarship opportunities that UWL students are eligible for! The current application period closed on Feb. 1st, 2024. Please mark your calendars for Oct. 2024 when the new application period reopens. 

UWL Foundation scholarships are awarded in late Spring and the funds will be applied the following Fall.

Foundation Scholarship Timeline

Foundation Scholarships FAQ

Who can apply?

If you will be enrolled for the 2025-2026 academic year, you are eligible to apply for UWL Foundation scholarships beginning in October of 2024. Stay tuned for when these opportunities reopen!

When is the deadline?

The deadline for the next Foundation Scholarship application period will be determined soon. Typically, the application is due at the end of January each year. 

How do I apply?

Step 1: 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

Step 2: Complete the general application. The general application includes some short essay questions. If you have applied to the UWL Foundation Scholarships before your previous general application has be saved. However, you must update your prior application. 

Step 3: Once your general application is completed, use the search tab to search for Foundation Scholarships specific to you. Use broad keywords when searching. You can search for scholarships based on your academic college, major, extracurricular activities, etc. For example, use 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. 

Step 4: After fall semester grades are posted (typically early Jan.) upload your unofficial transcript. Your unofficial transcript can be downloaded from you WINGS account. Directions found here. 

Please note: You may submit your Foundation Scholarship application at any point during the application period. However, your unofficial transcript must include the Fall 2024 semester grades. If you submitted your application without the Fall 2024 semester grades you must update your transcript in the application after fall grades have been posted. 

If you are need of assistance with finding Foundation scholarships that you are eligible for or building your application the Scholarship Resource Center is here to help!

I am a sophomore; do I apply for scholarships that reference "sophomore" in the criteria?

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).

What are external opportunities?

The UWL Foundation Scholarships are considered institutional UWL scholarships. To seek additional scholarship opportunities check out our Outside Scholarship Database



How do I upload a transcript?

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. In-depth instructions can be found here

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.

How will I know if I am a scholarship recipient?

Scholarship recipients who are current UWL students will be notified via their UWL email throughout April and May. 

Scholarship recipients who are incoming freshmen will be notified via their alternate email listed on their WINGS account throughout April and May. 

Who can I contact with additional questions?

Callie Smith, Foundation Scholarship Coordinator