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Wisconsin Scholarships

The state of Wisconsin is America's dairyland. We call it this because it produces much dairy, particularly cheese. It is a diverse landscape with highlands, lowlands and midlands. From the college vibe of Madison to the old-world vibe of Milwaukee, Wisconsin offers something for everyone. And it also offers something for every student. 

The college scene in Wisconsin is centered around the state university system. The flagship college in this structure is the University of Wisconsin – Madison campus. In addition, there are 25 other campuses in the University of Wisconsin system. Existing parallel to this is the Wisconsin Technical College System, which features 16 campuses spread throughout the state. 

However, it's not all about large state research institutions. There are also small, private liberal arts colleges that enjoy solid reputations in the educational community. Among these are Lawrence University (in Appleton) and Beloit College (in Beloit).

By clicking on the links below, you will begin to explore the complete range of college scholarship opportunities to be found in Wisconsin. As you will see, there is a wide range of funding possibilities to investigate. Any one of them may help unlock the door to funding your higher education dreams. 

AOTF Wisconsin Scholarship

Scholarships for occupational therapy students who are residents of the state of Wisconsin and are members of the Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association or for research by members for the Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association. Scholarship amount TBD. Please check website for any changes in application deadline.

Wisconsin Tuition Grant

The Wisconsin Tuition Grant Program provides grant assistance to undergraduate, Wisconsin residents enrolled at least half time in degree or certificate programs at Independent College or Universities throughout Wisconsin. Awards are based on financial need and partially based on that portion of tuition in excess of UW - Madison tuition. Grants range from $250 to $2,300 per year. Eligibility cannot exceed ten semesters. Application: FAFSA Required Enrollment: At least half-time Award Amount: minimum and maximum awards set annually by HEAB, minimum may not be less than $250 ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible for Wisconsin state financial aid, a student must: Be a resident of the state of Wisconsin Have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent Be enrolled in an undergraduate degree or certificate program Be attending a non-profit college or university based in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Higher Education Grant

The Wisconsin Higher Education Grant Program provides grant assistance to undergraduate, Wisconsin residents enrolled at least half time in degree or certificate programs at University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Technical College, and Wisconsin Tribal Colleges. Awards are based on financial need. Eligibility cannot exceed ten semesters. ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible for Wisconsin state financial aid, a student must: Be a resident of the state of Wisconsin Have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent Be enrolled in an undergraduate degree or certificate program Be attending a non-profit college or university based in Wisconsin

WRA Education Foundation Scholarships in Foodservice

The WRA Education Foundation awards scholarships based on future plans in foodservice, academic records, essays on industry issues and professional recommendations. Over $36,000 in scholarships are awarded annually to culinary arts and hospitality management students across the state. Apply for Scholarships No hand-written applications will be accepted. Minimum qualifications for WRA EF scholarships are: Must be working in a Wisconsin foodservice operation at the time of applying Must be accepted at a nationally accredited, post-secondary school Must have a completed application that includes employer or instructor recommendations and school transcripts Please check the website for any changes in application deadline.

Hearing and Visually Handicapped Student Grant

The Handicapped Student Grant Program was established to provide funding for undergraduate Wisconsin residents, enrolled at in-state or eligible out-of-state public or independent institutions who show financial need and have a severe or profound hearing or visual impairment. Students are eligible to receive up to $1,800 per year for up to ten semesters. Application: FAFSA and Hearing & Visually Handicapped Student Grant Application Required Enrollment: At least half-time Award Amount: $250 to $1,800

Indian Student Assistance Grant

Awards under this program are made to Wisconsin residents who are at least 25% Native American and are undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in degree or certificate programs at University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Technical College, independent colleges and universities, tribal colleges, or proprietary institutions based in Wisconsin. Awards are based on financial need with a limit of ten semesters of eligibility. HEAB has an informal matching arrangement with grant funds awarded by the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs and Wisconsin Tribal governments. Application: FAFSA and Indian Student Assistance Grant Application Required Enrollment: At least part-time (including less than half-time) Award Amount: $250 to $1,100 Please check the website for any changes in application deadline.

Minnesota-Wisconsin Reciprocity Program

The Minnesota/Wisconsin reciprocity agreement allows Wisconsin residents to attend Minnesota public universities at in-state tuition rates. This online reciprocity application is designed for Wisconsin residents attending Minnesota public institutions. The online reciprocity application is the easiest way to apply for reciprocity benefits. However, if you prefer not to apply online, a hard copy of the application is available for download. Minnesota residents should apply through the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. Students attending a Minnesota stand-alone Technical College SHOULD NOT USE THE APPLICATION. Instead, apply directly to the college. Private colleges do NOT participate in the tuition reciprocity program because they do not charge non-resident tuition rates. How To Apply Complete the application IN FULL and submit. Students enrolled under reciprocity who earned credits that were reported by the institution to the WHEAB during any semester of the current academic year, will automatically have benefits renewed for the upcoming academic year at the institution they are currently attending. Therefore, these students need not reapply. If you, or the institution where you are enrolled, do not receive notification of your renewal status within three weeks of your application, please contact the Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board. Deadline The application deadline is the last day of classes at the institution you are or will be attending for the term benefits are needed. Applications WILL NOT be processed retroactively. If you wish to participate in the program for the entire academic year, your application must be correctly completed and submitted by the last day of scheduled classes in the fall term at the institution you are or will be attending. Who Is Eligible Wisconsin residents attending Minnesota public institutions and Minnesota residents attending Wisconsin public institutions are eligible. Professional students enrolling in a Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Dental Sciences, or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program in the public institutions of either state are ineligible for reciprocity tuition. Notification of Acceptance You will receive the results of your application within four to six weeks after you have applied. If you do not receive results within six weeks, you should assume your application was not properly submitted and apply again. Application For Admission Application to the Minnesota-Wisconsin Reciprocity Program does not constitute application for admission to an educational institution. Regardless of your eligibility for tuition reciprocity, you must still apply and qualify for admission to the school of your choice, following the procedures required by that institution.

MGMA Midwest Section Scholarship

Individuals residing in MGMA Midwest section states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin) who are enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program relevant to medical practice management. Scholarship Eligibility: Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program relevant to medical practice management, including public health, business administration, healthcare administration and other related areas.

Minority Undergraduate Retention Grant

Awards under this program are made to resident minority undergraduates, excluding first year students, enrolled at least half-time in Independent or Wisconsin Technical College institutions. According to the statutes, a minority student is defined as a student who is either an African American, American Indian, Hispanic, or Southeast Asian from Laos, Cambodia, or Vietnam admitted to the U.S. after December 31, 1975. Awards are based on financial need with a maximum grant of $2,500 a year for up to eight semesters or twelve quarters. The University of Wisconsin System has a similar program for students attending those institutions. Application: FAFSA and nomination by Financial Aid Office Required Enrollment: At least half-time, and excluding first year Award Amount: $250 to $2,500 Please check the website for any changes in application deadline.

Talent Incentive Program Grant

The Talent Incentive Program (TIP) Grant provides grant assistance to the most financially needy and educationally disadvantaged Wisconsin resident students attending colleges and universities in the State of Wisconsin. First-time freshmen students are nominated for the TIP Grant by the school financial aid offices or by counselors of the Wisconsin Educational Opportunity Programs (WEOP). To continue to receive the TIP Grant, students must be enrolled consecutive terms and continue to show financial need. Eligibility cannot exceed ten semesters. Funding for the TIP Grant is provided by both the State of Wisconsin and the Federal Government. Application: FAFSA and nomination (for initial awards) by Financial Aid Office or WEOP Required Enrollment: At least half-time, first-time freshman for initial awards, and continuous enrollment from term to term Award Amount: $600 to $1,800 for initial awards, $250 minimum continuing award, maximum continuing award set annually by HEAB (may not exceed $1,800)

Milwaukee School of Engineering/SAE Engineering Scholarship

Located in Wisconsin, Milwaukee School of Engineering is a small, independent, non-sectarian college located near the center of downtown Milwaukee and just a few blocks from Lake Michigan. With an enrollment of 3,000 students, MSOE's mission is to provide a balanced education in technical and non-technical areas for men and women in disciplines of engineering, management, nursing, communication, and technology. In completing this mission, MSOE is very proud of its close working relationship with business and industry. Student Eligibility: Applicants should be incoming freshmen accepted into either the Mechanical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering Technology program. Terms: One $1,000 scholarship renewable for three additional years if the student maintains a 2.5/4.0 cumulative grade point average.

KASF Scholarship - Midwestern Regional Chapter

Qualifications Undergraduate, graduate, and high school students enrolled full time during the scholarship application year. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Students with a Korean heritage studying in the United States regardless of citizenship status (including Korean Nationals). If extra funds are available, other students (non-Korean) may qualify for some scholarships. Qualifications for Scholarship Eligibility: Will be a full time student at a school in one of the designated Midwestern region states (Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin) Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Can demonstrate need for financial assistance. Your category depends on what your status will be during the school year, as follows: High School Sophomores & Juniors - Scholarships awarded based on achievement (not based on financial need). High School Seniors with plans to attend college in next school year - The chosen college must be within the Midwestern region. You must include a copy of your acceptance letter. College Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors - The school you are attending must be within the Midwestern region. College Seniors - You must be planning to attend a graduate or professional school in the Midwestern region. You must submit a letter of acceptance from the graduate or professional school. Graduate Students - You must be continuing your studies in the next school year at a school within the Midwestern region.

Young Artist Scholarships

Offers cash scholarships to high school vocalists and instrumentalists who are selected during the Civic Music Competition Weekend. Please check website for any changes in application deadline.

Private Lesson Program / Instrumental Scholarships

Scholarship provides private lessons to selected 9th grade band and orchestra students who have not yet had the opportunity for private study. Students in the Private Lesson Program are given the opportunity for lessons with a specialist on their instruments -- their first exposure to private music instruction. Through this program, students also participate in a workshop on Audition and Recital Preparation. As a culminating experience to the program, there is a year-end recital showcasing each participant in a solo performance before a live audience. The Private Lesson Program is made possible in part through funds donated by Norbert J. Beihoff and CMA Friends. Please check the website for any changes in application deadline.

Private Lesson Program / Vocal Scholarships

Eligibility Requirements:  Instrumental (band & orchestra) students presently in 4th through 9th grade  Vocal students presently in 8th or 9th grade  Resident of Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington, Ozaukee or Racine County     Have never had private music lessons on their instrument/voice  Family has demonstrated financial need Please check the website for any changes in deadline of application.

Innovation in Education Scholarship

LA Tutors awards a monthly $500 Innovation Scholarship to high school and college students who showcase their creativity and make a positive impact.

EEF - College Undergraduate Scholarship

This scholarship is made available by the Environmental Education Foundation, Inc. The EEF is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of environmental education and /or the creation of awareness to environmental problems in the Geneva Lakes area. This is done primarily through the awarding of scholarships to local students.The Environmental Education Foundation offers a scholarship of up to $1,500.00 annually to qualified college juniors or seniors pursuing a degree in natural sciences at an accredited college or university. Each candidate's academic record, professional goals, relevant work experience and Geneva Lake area past or present residency are evaluated when selecting the top candidate. Annual application to the Foundation is required.

College Post-Graduate Award

This scholarship is made available by the Environmental Education Foundation, Inc. The EEF is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of environmental education and /or the creation of awareness to environmental problems in the Geneva Lakes area. This is done primarily through the awarding of scholarships to local students.A scholarship up to $2500.00 annually is awarded to students registered and actively involved in a natural sciences post-graduate degree program at an accredited college or university. Candidate's academic record, professional goals, relevant work experience and past or present Geneva Lake area residency are all considered by the scholarship committee in making their selection. Annual application is required.

EREF Scholarship Program

Qualifications:Applications will be considered from those who:· will be this year or are now a full-time master's student, doctoral student or post-doctoral researcher, and· have a clearly demonstrated interest in solid waste management research.Scholarships recognize graduate students pursuing excellence in solid waste management research and education. Recipients are chosen based on credentials and potential contributions to the solid waste industry and its scientific community. Awards Based On:· Academic performance· Professional experience· Relevance of one’s work to the advancement of solid waste management science· Potential for successScholarship Range:Award amounts consider the cost of tuition at the recipient’s institution and any other funds received. Full scholarships may not be awarded to students who will be receiving full-tuition scholarships from other sources (excluding direct university assistance such as tuition remission, or assistantship income) but may still be considered for partial awards.Doctoral and post-doctoral scholarships are awarded up to $12,000 per year, paid monthly, and can be extended for up to 3 years from the initial award date. Master’s scholarships are awarded up to $5,000 per year and can be extended for up to 2 years from the initial award date. Scholarship renewal is dependent upon satisfactory progress as determined by the student’s academic advisor.

Fred and Helen Rose 'Inspire a Dream' Scholarship

This is an unusual scholarship in several ways. First, though it is a college scholarship, it is awarded to middle school graduates. Second, the recipients do not apply for the scholarship, but rather, they are nominated and selected by committees at each of the participating elementary schools. The scholarship is modeled after one created originally by Dr. Rick Brietze, principal at Purday School. With the Rose endowment, the scope of the scholarship was expanded to include all of the Public Elementary Schools in the Fort Atkinson School District. This scholarship uses funds from the Rose Scholarship Fund within the Foundation.Purpose:The purpose of these scholarships is to inspire bright but disadvantaged youngsters, those who would not normally think about attending college, to aspire to a post-secondary education.

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