Developed in partnership with UW-River Falls Student Senate, the Falcon Scholars program brings with it the ability to enrich learning (and, therefore, employment relevance and leadership capacity) for UWRF students, to raise the academic standards among undergraduates, and to support engagement and excellence among faculty and staff.
Upon admission, incoming freshman students having a record of academic success and demonstrated financial need may apply to become a Falcon Scholar through a rigorous interview. Qualifying students who continue to maintain a 2.75 GPA will be offered renewable, four-year scholarship support ($1,000/year; $4,000 total), funded by donors. Differential tuition funds of $2,000 will be used to support Falcon Scholar study abroad and/or participation in undergraduate research, scholarly or creative activity.
Students-especially first-generation students and those with significant financial need-benefit in multiple ways. First, this initiative makes unique educational opportunities available to many more students across a range of academic colleges and disciplines. Second, it reduces students' need to pursue off-campus jobs, thereby amplifying academic focus. Third, expanded opportunities come while keeping UWRF affordable.
The Falcon Scholars program is key to Rising to Distinction, as it deepens relationships between undergraduates and faculty, while providing opportunities to broaden horizons through study abroad and hands-on learning