Award Yourself!

AYS Grant Blog

Mid-January to April 1st the UW-L Financial Aid launched its first Award Yourself Contest. All students had to do was apply to 10 external scholarships by April 1st, 2015 and they would have been eligible to win one of the five $1,000 grants available! Other requirements were as followed:

  • Participants must be enrolled at UW-L for Spring 2015 to qualify
  • UW-L Foundation Scholarship applications CANNOT be included.
  • All 10 entries must be outside (external/private) scholarships.
  • Scholarship applications submitted between Jan. 1st, 2015 and April 1st, 2015 would be accepted
  • Students must meet eligibility requirements for all 10 scholarship applications submitted,
  • Limit of one entry per student.

 What I Learned.

My internship advisor, UWL Financial Aid Counselor Jennifer Weber, was the one who told me to do Award Yourself and constantly pushed me to turn in my 10 scholarships. We talked about the fact that it doesn’t take that long, they don’t have to be lengthy and difficult scholarships and it creates opportunities to win other scholarship awards. If you think about it, committing 5 -7 hours of your time to potentially be the winner of not just the $1,000 grant from UW-L but money from the 10+ scholarships you’d be eligible to win, you could come out pretty well. Although I wasn’t fortunate enough to be one of those five called on April 1st at 4:30, I did learn a great deal from this opportunity.

The average college student comes out with a substantial amount of student loan debt (An average of about $26,000) and a few hundred or even thousands of dollars can help reduce that debt. It also benefited me by stopping into the UW-L Financial Aid Office to see where scholarship information is and to get help regarding other FAFSA and loan information. UW-La Crosse Financial Aid posts scholarships everyday on their Facebook page and also posts 6 scholarships every Friday #uwlscholarships on Twitter at @UWLFinAid. Be sure to check it out!

What are you waiting for? Go apply for scholarships and be on the lookout next year for another UW-L Award Yourself Grant!

Go Fund Yourself!

-Nikki

Scholarship Resources on the Financial Aid Website: http://www.uwlax.edu/finaid/Scholarships/

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