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    Scholarships are considered gift aid that is not to be repaid.

    UW-La Crosse Scholarships

    New freshman and continuing student scholarships are available through the UW-L Foundation. Generally, these are based on academic achievement. Information and application forms are available online through the UW-L Foundation which administers all scholarships. At the dropdown next to "Opportunities", select "Ours". This will bring up a list of all of the UW-L Foundation Scholarships. All UW-La Crosse Foundation scholarship applications are due February 15 each year.

    Study Abroad Scholarships

    External Scholarships

    The UW-L Foundation has compiled information on a large number of external scholarships, those open to the general public and having no affiliation to UW-La Crosse. You can view the information about these external scholarships at the UW-L Foundation website. On this site you will find a list of external scholarships sorted by due date.

    Liberal Arts Essay Competition Scholarship
    Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin System Advisory Group on the Liberal Arts (SAGLA).
    This essay competition is open to any UW System undergraduate student in academic good standing (UW College or four-year institution) who has completed a minimum of 30 credit hours by the end of the Fall Semester 2013.

    UW Academic Excellence Scholarships
    Academic Excellence Scholarships are awarded to Wisconsin high school seniors who have the highest grade point average in each public and private high school throughout the state of Wisconsin. For additional information, students should check with their high school guidance officer or visit HEAB.

    UW System HELP Line
    A number of scholarship resources are available at the UW HELP page. This includes information on scholarship scams, scholarship searches that charge a fee and free searches.

    Scholarships for Military Families

    Free Scholarship Search Websites

    The student financial aid office receives information throughout the year on a variety of scholarships, which may/may not be available through other scholarship search sites. This list has been developed as a means to provide an easy and more efficient way for students to have access to this information.


    Guide to Scholarships

    College Planning

    Scholarship Experts

    Major Scholarships

    Get College Funds (Oregon Student Assistance Commission)

    College Board


    Scholarship Hunter

    Student Scholarship Search

    Sallie Mae College Answer

    College Tool Kit

    International Scholarships for Studying Abroad

    Scholarships for Hispanics

    Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (for Latino students)

    Get Debit

    Freschinfo (Free Scholarship Search)

    The Sallie Mae Fund


    Writing Scholarship Essays

    Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

    Scholarships and Grants

    Top Ten Tips for Winning Scholarship Applications*


    1. Apply only if you are eligible. Read all the scholarship requirements and directions carefully. Make sure you are eligible before you send in your application. 
    2. Complete the application in full. If a question does not apply to you, note that on the application. Do not leave a question blank. Be sure to supply all additional supporting materials, including transcripts, letters of recommendation, and essays. 
    3. Follow directions. Provide everything that is required. However, do not supply things that are not requested--you could be disqualified. 
    4. Neatness counts. Always type your application, or if you must print do so neatly and legibly. Make a couple of photocopies of all the forms before you fill them out. Use the copies as working drafts as you develop your application packet. 
    5. Write an essay that makes a strong impression. The key to writing a strong essay is to be personal and specific. Include concrete details to make your experience come alive: the who, what, where, and when of your topic. The simplest experience can be monumental if you honestly present how you were affected. 
    6. Watch all deadlines. To help keep yourself on track, impose your own deadline that is at least two weeks prior to the official deadline. Use the buffer time to make sure everything is ready on time. Do not rely on extensions--very few scholarship providers allow them at all. 
    7. Make sure your application gets where it needs to go. Put your name (and Social Security number, if applicable) on all pages of the application. Pieces of your application may get lost unless they are clearly identified. 
    8. Keep a back-up file in case anything goes wrong. Before sending the application, make a copy of the entire packet. If your application goes astray, you will be able to reproduce it quickly. 
    9. Give it a final 'once-over.' Proofread the entire application carefully. Be on the lookout for misspelled words or grammatical errors. Ask a friend, teacher, or parent to proofread it as well. 
    10. Ask for help if you need it. If you have problems with the application, do not hesitate to call the funding organization. 

    It is also important to make sure your letters of recommendation are addressed to the organization whose scholarship you are applying for, and that they are current.

    How to Write the Perfect Essay*


    1. Before you begin writing, decide on your answer to the question asked of you. This is your basic thesis. 
    2. Before you begin writing, decide on what three pieces of evidence/support you will use to prove your thesis. 
    3. Write your introductory paragraph. Place your thesis along with your three pieces of evidence in order of strength (least to most) at the end of this paragraph. 
    4. Write the first paragraph of your body. You should begin by restating your thesis, focusing on the support of your first piece of evidence. 
    5. End your first paragraph with a transitional sentence that leads to paragraph number two. 
    6. Write paragraph two of the body focusing on your second piece of evidence. Once again make the connection between your thesis and this piece of evidence. 
    7. End your second paragraph with a transitional sentence that leads to paragraph number three. 
    8. Write paragraph three of the body focusing on your third piece of evidence. Again, make the connection between your thesis statement and this piece of evidence. 
    9. Begin your concluding paragraph by restating your thesis. Include the three points you have used to prove your thesis. 
    10. End your concluding paragraph with a statement of extension which will (hopefully) cause the reader to look beyond what you have written. You do not include new evidence in your last paragraph. 

    1. Never use I or you (unless specifically told that it is allowed).
    2. Do not use contractions in formal writing. 
    3. Organization is one of the most important parts of good writing. Make sure to organize from the first paragraph on. 


    * Reprinted with Permission from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.

    The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is an NCAA Division III member institution. As such, UW-L and the UW-L Foundation are bound by NCAA rules, which prohibit any Division III institution from considering athletics leadership, ability, participation, or performance in making financial aid award decisions to any student.

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