For those that are entering college or are continuing college students, here are some great places to utilize in your scholarship search. I highly encourage you to stop by our Financial Aid Office and the Scholarship Resource Center (SRC) which is conveniently located in the Financial Aid Office! The Financial Aid Office is a great place to find out your loan eligibility, be able to get answers to questions about your FAFSA, and talk to a counselor. The SRC can help you find scholarships that are specific to you through our external database, let you know when foundation scholarships open up and what the deadlines for those are, and help you edit your scholarship essays.
Let’s start by talking about the Foundation Scholarships that are offered through UWL! Foundation Scholarships are offered to incoming freshman, transfer, and continuing students and are available starting each year on October 1st. Applications for these will close in February, scholarships will be awarded in April, and the funds will be applied for the following fall semester. Information and application forms can be found here.
There’s the External Scholarship Database which allows students to find scholarships that are specific to their major, ethnicity, gender, affiliations, or some combination of all of those. You can put your information into the Database if you want a broad list of scholarships that you qualify for. Otherwise, if you want a list of about 8-10 scholarships that are specific to you, the activities you’re in, and your interests then you can take the Get Scholarcific! survey. The survey results will be sent directly to the SRC where we will do a keyword search to help pinpoint the scholarships that are specific to your unique experiences and accomplishments!
You can ask around the community to find out if there are any community specific scholarships offered or head over to the website for the La Crosse Chamber of Commerce to see if they have any scholarships listed or can point you in the direction of some. While you’re online make sure to head over to our SRC page to check out our list of additional search engines! Some of the websites on our list might be ones that you heard about during your sophomore, junior or senior year of high school or they might be ones that you are just now discovering for the first time. Either way, it’s never too early or too late to start looking for scholarships. Lastly, make sure to ask your employer and your parents’ employer(s) about any tuition reimbursement or scholarship opportunities that they might offer to their employees or to the dependents of their employees. Here is a list of employers that we found in the La Crosse and Onalaska areas that offer these kinds of opportunities to their employees and their dependents.
I hope these tips help those of you out there who are looking for an alternative way to pay for your schooling! Paying for school is never easy, which is why we’re here to take some of the stress out of your search process.