2024-2025 New First-Year Student Scholarships

 2024-2025 First-Year Student Scholarships Application​ - for scholarships listed below. This one application is for every scholarship below; there are no individual applications for the scholarships.

Priority consideration is given to admitted students who submit the 2024-2025 scholarship application by February 1, 2024. Scholarship applications are accepted and considered after Feb 1 based on available funding​. 

  • The number of scholarships and amounts listed below may vary based on available funding.
  • The scholarship process is competitive. Meeting minimum criteria alone does not guar​​​antee receipt of an award. Scholarship recipients typically meet and exceed the minimum criteria for eligibility.
  • Students do not need to meet every criteria to be eligible. (ex: if a student does not submit an ACT/SAT scrore, they are still eligible for that scholarship)

In addition to the scholarships listed below, departmental scholarships may be available. Students are encouraged to contact the department of their intended major to explore scholarship possibilities in their area of study.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at UWSP.Scholarship@uwsp.edu 

Scholarship Name a​nd Criteria Renewable $ Per Award
Albertson Family First-Year Scholarship
  • Incoming freshman to UWSP
No $1,000

Russ & Lexy Austin Family Scholarship
  • ​Incoming freshman to UWSP​​​​

Bob and Mary Berard Gateway to Discovery Scholarship Endowment
  • Must be a first-year, first-generation student
  • Scholarship may be renewed for a second year if student maintains good academic standing (at least 12 cr/semester, continuous enrollment, 2.0 cumulative GPA)
Yes $2,000
Leroy "Larry" Bishop Memorial Scholarship​
  • Top 1/3 of high school class
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Evidence of student activity involvement
  • Demonstrates leadership qualities
  • Potentially renewable if 3.0 GPA is maintained
Yes $800​​

Jerome and Barbara Bushman Scholarship
  • Wittenberg-Birnamwood high school graduate
  • Top 15% of high school class OR GPA of 3.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) OR ACT of 24 or higher
  • Potentially renewable for eight (8) consecutive semesters if 3.0 GPA is maintained (verified at end of fall semester and again at end of spring semester)
Yes $2,000
Chancellor's Choice Scholarship
  • Top 10% of high school class
  • GPA higher than 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • ACT higher than 25
No Amount Varies​

Delta Dental Scholarship
  • Major in Business Management, Accounting, or Math.
Yes $1,000
Karen Engelhard Alumni Scholarship
  • Major in education
  • Wisconsin resident
  • Potentially renewable if 3.0 GPA is maintained and recipient is accepted into the School of Education (SOE) when eligible
  • Continued eligibility is monitored by the SOE.
Yes $1,500
Marion Brazeau Fey Scholarship
  • Displays ability to succeed
  • Involvement in community and high school service activities
  • Wisconsin resident
No $500

Helen Godfrey Scholarship
  • Major within the College of Natural Resources
Gordon M. Haferbecker Scholarship
  • Antigo high school graduate
  • Financial need
  • GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • Demonstrated leadership and community service
  • A special additional form will be sent to eligible applicant for this award
  • Preference for incoming freshman but continuing students may apply and a student may receive the scholarship more than one time
No Amount Varies, $1,000 in 2021-22
Dr. F.A. and Grace Windross Hubbard Scholarship No $1,000​

Melvin R. Laird Youth Leadership Award
  • Top 5% of high school class
  • Displays leadership qualities
  • Must be from former U.S. Representative Melvin R. Laird's congressional district (7th), if no candidate available, can select from other home county within Wisconsin
  • Potentially renewable for a 2nd year if 3.0 GPA is maintained verified at end of fall semester and again at end of spring term
  • Community/university leadership/involvement
  • Need letter confirming leadership activities by April of 1st year
  • Full time student (12 or more credits per semester)
Yes $2,000
Arthur W. Mueller, Jr. Freshman CNR Scholarship
  • Top 15% of high school class
  • Major in the College of Natural Resources
  • Displays leadership qualities
  • Financial need
No $1,000
Neale Alumni Honors Freshman Scholarship
  • Top 10% of high school class
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • ACT of 25 or higher
  • Rigor of high school courses taken
  • Leadership, participation in high school activities
  • Special skills and/or contributions they could bring to UWSP
  • Potentially eligible to apply for Robert & Ventura Neale Continuing Scholarship in sophomore year
No $1,500
David J. Pawelski
  • Incoming first-year UWSP student from SPASH
  • Based on financial need
  • Must enroll full time and maintain 2.5 GPA
Yes $1,000

Ruth O. Petersen Scholarship
  • Top 20% high school class
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • ACT of 25 or higher
No $1,000
Poulter-Knipp Freshman Scholarship
  • Preference given to Princeton High School graduate
  • High school graduate from Green Lake County, Wisconsin
  • High school graduate from Wisconsin counties of Marquette, Waushara, Adams if no qualified recipient from Green Lake
  • GPA of 2.75 or higher
No $500
Jaclyn Przybylski Scholarship
  • Awarded by Financial Aid Scholarship Coordinator
  • One student from SPASH awarded
No $750
​Phil Sander Memorial Freshman Conservation Scholarship
  • High school seniors from one of the following southeastern Wisconsin counties (in order of preference): Kenosha County; Racine County; Walworth County; Waukesha County; Jefferson County; Milwaukee County (see selection criteria below).
  • Accepted and enrolled as a full-time student in the College of Natural Resources at UWSP.
  • Intent to pursue a degree in wildlife or another wildlife-related degree offered by UWSP.
  • Academic achievement as indicated by ACT score, class rank and cumulative GPA.
  • Related extracurricular involvement (i.e., research, student organizations, community service, etc.)
  • Financial need

​Amount varies - $900 - $1,000
Scott Schultz Memorial Scholarship
  • Top 20% of high school class
  • Demonstrated community and high school involvement and leadership
  • If renewable, must maintain at least 3.0 GPA
Yes $1,000
Kathrin M. "Kitty" Saunders Sebold Scholarship
  • Preference given to graduate of Wisconsin Rapids Assumption High School or Medford High School (1 from each school)
  • Academic merit and leadership ability (preference to valedictorian)
  • Active participation in school activities
  • Student must consent to press release about them
  • Financial need NOT considered
  • If no qualified applicant, no award to be made
No $1,500
Sentry Academic Leadership Scholarship
  • Top 1/3 of high school class OR GPA of 3.00 or higher
  • Involved in extra-curricular and community activities
  • Potentially renewable if 3.25 GPA is maintained
Yes $2,500
Sentry Employee Dependent Scholarship
  • Separate application obtained by employee from Sentry Insurance
  • Student must be dependent of Sentry Insurance employee
  • Top 50% of high school class or Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or ACT of at least 23
  • Involvement and leadership in high school and community acts
  • For renewability, must maintain 3.0 cumulative GPA and full-time enrollment (except for final semester)
Yes $2,500
Sentry Insurance Student Leadership Scholarship
  • Top 15% of high school class
  • Involvement in extracurricular and community activities displaying leadership potential
  • Student must be pursuing a degree in Business Administration, Economics, Computer Information Systems, Accounting, Actuarial Math, or Web & Digital Media Development
  • Potentially renewable if 3.25 GPA is maintained and candidate remains in prescribed major
Yes $2,500
SGA/US Bank Inclusive Excellence Scholarship
  • Top 25% of high school class
  • or
  • GPA of 30. or higher
  • Demonstrated commitment to support individuals from diverse backgrounds & leadership potential​​
No $1,000
SGA/US Bank Merit Scholarship
  • ​Top 25% of high school class
  • ​or
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher​​



​Elda Bark Walker Scholarship
  • Top 10% of high school class
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • ACT of 25 or higher
  • High academic achievement, leadership, and service potential
  • Potentially renewable if full-time status (minimum of 12 credits per semester) and 3.3 GPA is maintained