“Get Scholarific” Now!

If you have visited our Scholarship Resource Center website, you have probably seen the “Get Scholarific” Survey on the right-hand side – it’s hard to miss! This survey will help you find scholarships that are unique to you and that fit your personality. 

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To begin the survey, complete the general questions about yourself including your Student ID #, GPA, ACT/SAT scores, and your area of study. After completing this first step, you will be taken to a second page so we can learn more about you. 

On this page, you will tell us all about yourself – the more information the better. We request that you fill out each of the 6 boxes, even if it is very short – these responses do not need to be long and should only take you a few minutes to fill out depending on how much information you would like to give us. The boxes include information about talents/hobbies and/or interesting facts, extra-curricular activities (present sports, clubs, campus programs, and other activities), volunteer/community service, current/former employees (including parent information for the past two years), and what makes you stand out (life events, experiences, and special circumstances for you or your family). 

For each box, list as much as you can about each event/activity, including: type of organization, roles and responsibilities, and dates of participation. As I stated before, the more information the better, but even one bit of information per box will do the job. 

I completed the “Get Scholarific” Survey in about 20 minutes, giving very detailed information. If you already have a resume, you may find it easy to go off of your resume outline since it had the necessary information.  

After you complete the survey, within a week, you should receive an email from the Scholarship Resource Center staff containing 6-8 scholarships that we believe suit you. This list will include the name of the scholarship, award amount, deadline, and URL. These scholarships are a few of many from the Outside Scholarship Database that are available to you, so I highly encourage you to check out the database to find addition scholarships to apply for. 

Lastly, the Survey is only available for current or incoming UWL students, as is the Outside Scholarship Database. Both of these features are unique to UWL so be sure to check them out! 

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New and Improved!

NEW AND IMPROVED! We are excited to announce a new feature that has been added to the Outside Scholarship Database! Recently, a “favorites” button was added to the page. This feature allows you to indicate scholarships that you are interested in, then return to them later by clicking the “View favorites” tab next to “Update results”.  

To take advantage of this new feature, first visit the Outside Scholarship Database site, here. Log in to your UWL student account, when prompted, using your NET ID and password. You can narrow down the search by selecting categories that apply to you, then search the database and find scholarships that appeal to you! Of course, you can apply for the scholarships right away, but if you are busy, click on the heart next to the scholarship to add it to your favorites. By doing this, the scholarship will be added to your favorites list, which you will be able to come back to anytime as long as you are logged in and click the “View favorites” tab!  

Be sure to check out this exciting new feature to help make your scholarship search easier, and remember to also take advantage of the “Get Scholarific” survey to find more scholarships unique to you! 


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October Scholarships!

Scholarships are one of the easiest ways to receive money for college. Yes, many scholarships require a writing piece, but the price is worth your time. Think of it as getting paid hundreds of dollars per hour of work – is that motivating? Check out these scholarships with deadlines in October! 

Internet of Things Scholarship – $1,000; October 1, 2017 

Write a 400-600 word essay on how internet connectivity has evolved, will continue to evolve, and how you are going to keep all your connected devices secure for both personal and business purposes. 

Debt.com Scholarship for Aggressive Scholarship Applicants – $500; October 1, 2017 

Apply for as many scholarships as possible and then send debt.com all of the confirmation emails you received. A short letter telling them about yourself is also needed. 

Millennial Scholarship Program – $1,000; October 1, 2017 

Open to students currently enrolled full-time studying business, technology, engineering, or finance. Submit a 500-word essay or a two-minute video on the following topic: “Legacy companies have been entrenched in their industry for many years. How do Millennials see themselves contributing to help the company gain a competitive advantage?” 

Students with Heart Scholarship – $6,000; October 1, 2017 

Applicants will need an official transcript from their current academic institution, one letter of recommendation from a previous or current professor, and a personal statement of no more than 2,000 words and no less than 500 words. 

Quitday.org Scholarship – $2,000; October 1, 2017 

Applicants must submit a typed essay (1,000-1,500 words) answering four questions that highlight your vision of a smoke-free world. 

Pix Wireless Scholarship – $1,000; October 1, 2017 

Submit a 600 words essay on a topic that we will assign. 

Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research – $1,000; October 1, 2017 

Only undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in degree seeking programs may apply. 

Greek U’s Proud to be Greek Scholarship – $1,500; October 1, 2017 

Submit a 500-word essay on the following topic: How has joining a fraternity or sorority changed your life? Please include one or two photos that you feel best represent your love for your organization! 

RentLingo Dream Big Scholarship – $1,000; October 1, 2017 

Write an essay about your dream job in 750 words or less. 

Parking Solutions Scholarship – $1,000; October 15, 2017 

Write a 500 word essay that is original, creative, and persuasive on the subject of technology innovation in parking solutions. 

MP Mallorca Properties Scholarship – $1,500; October 15, 2017 

Submit a 600 word essay on what you learned from your parents about personal finances. You can write about topics having to do with making money, budgeting, paying bills, saving money, investing, the pros and cons of investing in real estate or anything else your parents may have taught you about managing your money. 

Bytesout Internet Marketing Scholarship – $2,500; October 21, 2017 

Submit a 1,000 word essay that shows us through your words that you are going to use the scholarship to help fund your education and become a productive member of society. 

Above Ground Pool Scholarship – $500; October 24, 2017 

Submit a 1,000 words essay on the topics related to this site (you can choose to write about swimming, related summer activities or pools). 

Innovation Inspiration Scholarship – $5,000; October 31, 2017 

Inspire kids by making vision boards showing diverse scientists. Must live in the US and be 25 years or younger. 

Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship – $2,000; October 31, 2017 

Submit a short online written response (250 words or less) on your plan to avoid the zombies, where you would hide (or maybe you wouldn’t need to), and the top five things you would bring to stay alive. 

I have listed 15 scholarships here for you, but there are many more on our Scholarship Database, including more with October 2017 deadlines. Here in the Financial Aid Office, we are updating the database daily! 

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” -Eleanor Roosevelt. 

Reach for your dreams and apply for a scholarship today! 


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Staff Member of the Month!

If you have ever met with a counselor in the Financial Aid Office, there is a chance you met with our Staff Member of the Month, Ben Chenault! Ben helps with reevaluating student’s FAFSA and helping students look at other loan opportunities. Before coming to UWL, as a student, Ben received his bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. He began working here in February 2010. Ben enjoys meeting with students and families to help them find financial solutions when they are struggling financially. He says, “My goal is to always have students and families feeling better about their situation when they leave my office than when they first came in.” Outside of work, Ben has two very active boys, 10 and 8, and he enjoys watching them participate in their sporting events all year. Ben also enjoys hunting and fishing, but he could do without the harsh winters Wisconsin brings, as he said even 9 years later, he has yet to transition from his Tennessee to Wisconsin move. In addition to hunting and fishing, an interesting thing about Ben is that he lived in Seoul, South Korea for two years in high school due to his father being in the military. While he lived there, he learned to read Korean, although he has no idea how to translate it to English. One piece of Financial Aid he would give is to apply for scholarships! Applying for scholarships can sometimes feel like an unrewarding task because it seems like the time spent applying for scholarships doesn’t translate well to the amount of scholarship money a student may win. Ben thinks students need to rethink that – “If a student spends 25 hours applying for 25 scholarships and is awarded one scholarship for $1,000, that doesn’t sound very rewarding. If you think about it in terms of an hourly wage, you can easily see that student made $40/hour applying for scholarships ($1,000/25 hours).” That is a great way to think about scholarships, to see it as a success instead of a failure, and it may keep them energized to keep applying for scholarships. If you have any Financial Aid questions, don’t be afraid to email him, call him, or stop in the Financial Aid Office to ask him questions, or even just to say hi! 


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B-I-N-G-O! The Scholarship Resource Center has a fun way to start off the 2017 Fall Semester, with Scholarship Bingo! You are GUARANTEED to win a prize and will be entered in a drawing to win a $500 scholarship. 

How do I win?  

The Bingo card has 5 featured scholarships and you have to apply for one of them. Then apply for other scholarships from the UWL Outside Scholarship Database. You can complete any Bingo (Line, Diagonal, or 4 corners) – the more Bingos the better. For each additional Bingo completed, you will receive an extra goodie Your name will be entered in the drawing for each Bingo completed. 

Where do I find the Bingo card?  

The bingo card is attached to this blog. If you are not able to print it (not required), you can stop in the Financial Aid Office, 215 Graff Main Hall, to pick up a printed version. Lastly, all of the featured scholarships can be found on the Outside Scholarship Database, where we are continually adding new scholarships for you. 

What do I do when I have a Bingo?  

If you have completed a Bingo, be sure to have proof that you have submitted each scholarship (print out application page, verification page, or email proof to uwlscholarships@uwlax.edu with the subject line “Scholarship Bingo”. All Bingo cards are due no later than 12/13/2017. We will draw the Grand Prize Winner at the beginning of the Spring Semester. 

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Scholarship Resource Center 


Financial Aid Office, 215 Graff Main Hall

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It Make$ Cents!

Welcome back everyone! I hope you all had a good start to your school year. I am glad to say I have completed my first two college classes, strength conditioning and dance appreciation! Seems like a good way to start college to me! 

Now that I’ve rid myself of my nerves, or a few of them at least, I was curious what I can do on campus in my free-time. I then came across It Make$ Cents! This program on campus is UWL’s own financial literacy program emphasizing everything personal finance. Their goal is to prepare students for success by helping them learn money and management skills including: budgeting, managing credit, student loans, banking, identity theft, savings, and investing. They have an incentive program that includes 15 weeks of interactive nights to help teach you financial literacy life-skills. The incentive part of this event is, if you get 25+ points, you get placed in a raffle for $250!  

“Carlie, did you say points?” Yes reader, I did. Each week throughout the semester, there are different events held, from game nights, movies, and speakers. Each of these events range from 2-4 points. For each event you attend, you gain the points for a chance to get placed in different raffles! 10-15 points awards 3 winners $25, 16-19 points awards 2 $50 winners, 20-24 points will earn one person $100, and if you attend the right 9 out of 15 events, collecting 25 or more points, you could win $250! 

All events are held in the Student Union, most starting at 6 p.m. You can bring your roommate(s) to get together for a little bonding, learn about money, and some events will even provide FREE pizza and beverages! Their first event, Price is Right-Style Game Night, is on Thursday, September 7th, 5-7:30 p.m. in the Miller Bluff Room. You will be playing games, learning about the basics of managing your personal finances with the It Make$ Cents! Money Management Team, and yes, pizza and beverages are available, along with a table of amazing prizes! 

Put that dreaded homework away and come on down! Let’s be real… we are college students and we need all the financial help we can get, especially that $250 prize! Click here to find the 2017 Fall It Make$ Cents! event incentives calendar. See you Thursday! 


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Have you started packing?

Move-in day is right around the corner! Have you started packing yet? If not, a great place to start your planning is on the Residence Life UWL page! There, you can find information about your hall, desk, DVD, and laundry, in addition to the guide for moving in.

It is very important to note what you should and should not bring, in addition to what you are permitted to bring. Therefore, leave that toaster at home, unless you are in Reuter Hall. It is very easy to pack your entire house, so it is important to remember the dorm room you will be in is most likely smaller than your room at home – and it’s for 2-3 people. Yikes!

Dorms can easily become crowded and messy if you do not plan accordingly. To start, check out what your hall has to offer specifically to you. Depending on the hall you are in, you could have carpet, shared bathrooms, and AC. It is very unlikely you will need a Space Heater or Air Conditioner for your room, so you can plan to leave those at home. If you would like, you can bring a box fan or a personal fan for your room, but first check with your roommate(s) to see if they are bringing one.

Communication with your roommate(s) is very important for move-in day. Doubling up can be very common, and it can cause unnecessary packing. Message your roommate(s) as soon as you can to decide on who is bringing what. If you are planning on bringing a Futon, first, check to make sure your partner is not, second, check to make sure it is the right dimensions, and lastly, that you will have space left in your dorm room for it. Futons can be very beneficial in creating a seating space, but must be 79″ or less in length (to fit under a lofted bed). While talking with your roommate(s), you can also decide if you want a microwave and/or rug in your dorm, and if so, who is going to bring it. You will not be needing to bring your own refrigerator, as each room has one, and it costs more money to bring your own! Also, you can keep your personal printer at home, as you are able to print to the front desk whenever you would like.

Of course, you will need some personal items – hangers, towels, clothes, and bathroom supplies. Be careful what you pack, you should not pack your entire closet! If you are able to, pack a few summer outfits, fall outfits, and some cold clothes for the first part of the year. You can always go home at Christmas break and switch out your wardrobe! Also, there is no need to go on a shopping spree to get ‘new school clothes’. You have done that enough these past few years, and if you’re anything like me, there is not room for those new clothes in the closet. Instead, you can save that money for food, college costs, or for a future goal.

For bathroom supplies, you will most likely need a shower box (something to carry your shampoo, conditioner, soap, shavers, etc.) when you go to the bathroom. You can save money by buying off brand bottles, buying supplies in bundles, and evaluating closely what you truly need. I am sure we have all bought a bathroom supply that we have never once used. I would recommend to pack the limited amount you think you need, and if you need to get something more, there are shops close by where you can purchase what you need.

Living on campus is not what movies make it out to look like. Your rooms are pretty small and can be dull. But, if you stay busy, you should really only be in your room to study and sleep, therefore, it doesn’t have to be decked out. Do not go out spending lots of money on furniture, supplies, and appliances. You do not need them and it will only cause a cluttered room. Overall, it is important to talk with your roommate(s), evaluate what you really need, buy things wisely, and SAVE MONEY!



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Ok, you REALLY shouldn’t wait any longer…

Each month, I will be highlighting 15 scholarships for the following month to allow you easy access to a few scholarships. 

Here are just a few of the many scholarships we have on our Scholarship Database for you to apply for with deadlines in September. Some only take a few minutes, so check them out! Right-click on the scholarship title for a direct link to the scholarship’s website. Remember, time is money!  

EGC’s Scholarship for Gamers – $1,000; September 1, 2017 

Create a game-play video of you playing your favorite game, all while discussing what components you’d buy if you were building a $1000 gaming computer 

YourWorkoutBook Scholarship – $500; September 1, 2017 

Submit an essay answering the following question: What are your career objectives? Do you plan to pursue a career in the field of sport or fitness? List your extracurricular activities as the relate to sport and fitness. What teams have you played on or volunteered with? Have you won any awards or organized any events in this field? What kind of impact or influence do you hope to have others as a result of your education? 

VidgoTV Scholarship – $2,000; September 1, 2017 

Write an essay about how virtual reality affects television. 

Youth Forward Scholarship – $1,000; September 1, 2017 

Submit an essay of less than 500 words, answering questions about your volunteering work . 

Apartment List Scholarship – $2,500; September 1, 2017 

Offered to outstanding students who exemplify one or more of Apartment List’s core values: bold while pragmatic, endlessly helpful, making an impact, driven by data, succeeding together or forever learning. 

Love Your Career Scholarship – $1,000; September 11, 2017 

Submit an essay of 1000 words or more outlining at least 3 steps that you plan to take in the next year to start a path toward having a career that you love. 

CareerFitter.com Scholarship – $500; September 15, 2017 

Submit a 1000 character essay on what the perfect career is for you and why. 

BabyMonitorLab Scholarship – $500; September 15, 2017 

Write a 500-1000 word essay on the topic: “The Impact of Technology on our Health”.  

Olshan Building Strong Foundations Scholarship – $1,000; September 16, 2017 

US students who are 16 years or older are encouraged to apply. Must successfully complete the application form, written essay, and video submission. 

Alcohol Addiction Awareness Essay Contest – $3,000; September 30, 2017 

Submit an essay of up to 1200 words answering the questions “How alcohol abuse and addiction affects the modern society? What steps can be taken to decrease the impact of alcohol abuse and addictions on people and society? 

Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship – $1,000; September 30, 2017 

Submit a 140-character statement that completes this sentence: I pledge to not text and drive because… 

Aaron Seever Sales Scholarship – $500; September 30, 2017 

Fill out an online application that includes two questions that you must answer in 50 words or less as well as providing other basic information. 

ZipRecruiter Scholarship – $3,000; September 30, 2017 

Submit a 250-500 words essay on one of the following three topics: 1. Give a brief overview of your city and what makes it unique. 2. Provide an overview of the job market that is unique to your city. 3. Write about how ZipRecruiter can help you find a job in your city. 

Shout It Out Scholarship – $1,500; September 30, 2017 

Have something on your mind? Let it out, or better yet SHOUT it out. Give your thoughts a voice and earn free college money at the same time. 

Top Reveal Scholarship – $500; September 30, 2017 

Submit a 700 or more word essay that relates to any of these ideas: How a particular gadget made a difference in you or a loved one’s life. How devices can improve education. Stories such as apps to enhance focus or devices to improve study habits work well here. The advantages and disadvantages of smart home technology and why you believe they are good for our future. 

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August Staff Member of the Month!

If you have stopped in the Financial Aid Office, you have probably talked with our Staff Member of the Month, Tammy Haakenson! Tammy has been at the front desk, as the Financial Aid Office’s Receptionist, since February of this year. Prior to working in our office, she worked in the College of Liberal Studies, beginning in August of 2012. She has an Associate’s Degree in Human Resources from Western Technical College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Viterbo University. Tammy enjoys helping students with their financial aid issues and questions. She enjoys providing students/families with advice and says, “Students, as well as parents, are very appreciative when they are given resources to check out.” in addition to learning new things. Tammy is very passionate about genealogy. She even recently traveled to Norway with her sister-in-law to search for their ancestors’ birthplaces! If she were to provide one piece of financial advice to students, she would tell them to be sure to check out the Scholarship Resource Center (SRC) on their webpage, www.uwlax.edu/scholarships. There are numerous scholarships that all students can apply for and the SRC is working to continually add to this resource. If you have any questions about financial aid, stop by and see Tammy as she is sure to provide you with assistance. 

Tammy Haakenson SotM

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July Staff Member of the Month!

With July comes fireworks, parades… And our July Staff Person of the Month! Meet Ka Lia Smith! One of our Financial Aid Counselors and Student Service Coordinators, Ka Lia has been apart of the UWL family since 2010 when she entered as a Graduate student after finishing her undergrad at UW-Madison. However, it wasn’t until February of this year that Ka Lia joined the Financial Aid Office crew! When asked about her favorite part of her job, she had this to say, “I enjoy meeting with students and learning about their unique story while knowing that every day will be different.” When relaxing at home, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Tim, her two dogs, Sophie and Levi, and her cat Lionel. She also loves putting together a puzzle or two and visiting local rummage sales and thrift stores. (Don’t we all?) Interestingly enough, Ka Lia is the second youngest of ten siblings! What a full house! When prompted for an important piece of Financial Aid advice, Ka Lia said, “Utilize our office as a resource; we are here to answer your questions and to help you navigate the oftentimes confusing and overwhelming financial aid process.” Excellent advice Ka Lia! If you have questions about Financial Aid, come on in and talk to Ka Lia. She is primed and ready to help you find your way in the chaos that is college costs.

Ka Lia July Staff

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