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Scholarships

The average family income of students at UW-River Falls is the second lowest in the UW system. Ensuring access to higher education for the leaders and citizens of tomorrow is a strategic priority of the UWRF Foundation. For over 60 years, the UW-River Falls Foundation has helped make it possible for generations of students to attend our university. Scholarships provide students with critical financial support and access to educational opportunities they might not have otherwise considered. 

UW-River Falls offers a variety of opportunities to donors for providing scholarship support.

Endowed

An Endowed Scholarship provides ongoing student support and creates a lasting legacy for the donor. Financial assistance is given "in perpetuity" to students who demonstrate academic achievement and potential and/or have financial need according to criteria that the donor helps to specify. The donor's contribution will be used to establish the endowed fund and additional gifts may be contributed at any time. The UW-River Falls Foundation invests the contributions in the principal, or corpus, of the endowed fund. Income from the endowed fund will be used for scholarship awards each year.

Annual

Annual scholarships are awarded each year in whole to a student who meets specific criteria which the donor helps to define. Donors who support an annual scholarship help students in a particular area of study or that meet other criteria that the donor establishes.

Chancellor's Scholars

Chancellor's Scholars is a UW-River Falls premier undergraduate scholarship program. Incoming freshmen recipients are competitively selected based on academic merit, extracurricular involvement, and leadership potential. Depending on the size of the gift, Chancellor's Scholars receive awards covering either full or half in-state tuition and fees. Donors who support the Chancellor's Scholars give a minimum endowed gift of $100,000 or an annual gift of $4,000 for half tuition or $8,000 for full tuition.

Falcon Scholars

Each year upon admission, UWRF selects incoming freshmen who demonstrate academic potential and financial need to become a part of the Falcon Scholars program. Each student receives $1,000 per year for four years, and a $2,000 stipend to be used in their junior or senior year for a study abroad experience or participation in undergraduate research, scholarly, or creative activities. To support Falcon Scholars donors pledge $1,000 or more for four years.

Scholarship Criteria

Every annual and endowed scholarship will have selection criteria established by the donor and the UWRF Foundation. The criteria that may be considered when developing a scholarship is as follows:    

  • Year in school  
  • College and/or major  
  • GPA requirement  
  • Financial need 
  • Renewable scholarships for multiple years  

IRS regulations prevent donors from designating family members as scholarship recipients or from selecting the recipients.

Selection Process

Most UW-River Falls scholarship recipients are selected in the winter and early spring prior to the academic year that they receive the award. The selection process is conducted by either a university-wide or a college scholarship committee.