UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
UWRF has many scholarships available to our students, located on the UW-River Falls Scholarship system site. (Click here to access.) Just sign in, fill out a general application, and browse through available scholarships. There are many general scholarships, as well as scholarships specific to your major that you can apply for. We at CDIB, wanted to emphasize the scholarships available through this system that focus more on diverse identities and/or financial-need.
The Advance Opportunity Program (AOP) Fellowship is provided by the State of Wisconsin and intended to provide financial support for minority and disadvantaged graduate students allowing them to focus attention on their graduate studies and to complete their degrees in a timely fashion.
There are several ways to qualify:
1. You are a member of one or more of the following minority groups traditionally under-represented in graduate school: Black/African-American; Hispanic or Latino/a; American Indian or Alaskan Native; or Southeast Asian of Vietnam, Cambodian, or Laotian descent who entered in the US after 1975.
2. You are from a family that received any type of public assistance, including eligibility for school lunch program.
3. You are a first-generation college student.
4. You participated in TRIO pre-college or undergraduate programs for students, such as Upward Bound, Talen Search, Student Support Services, McNair, etc.
5. You have not had the expectation and encouragement to pursue post-graduate education as a viable option.
You must also fill out a 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), enroll in at least three credits per semester, and meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements for graduate students.
This scholarship supports an entering junior or senior student with any major at UW- River Falls.
Student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
Must have demonstrated financial need
Must have demonstrated leadership abilities and involvement in campus student activities, community organizations and/or civic organizations
An emphasis will be placed on formal leadership positions held on campus.
Preference given to a woman.
This scholarship supports an undergraduate, female student over 25 years of age
This is to be a single yearly award as long as an acceptable candidate is available. If, in a given year, the committee considers two candidates to be equally qualified, it will be acceptable to divide the award between these two candidates.
This scholarship supports a female nontraditional student, 25 years of age or older.
Beyond these minimum requirements the scholarship shall be based solely on financial need.
For students who promote diversity on the UWRF campus domestically or internationally.
This scholarship supports an entering sophomore or junior student.
This scholarship supports ethnically diverse or economically disadvantaged incoming freshmen.
This is a one-time award and preference will be given (but not limited to) participants from college access programs
This scholarship supports a nontraditional student, over the age of 25 at the time of application, who has completed at least one semester at UWRF.
Preference will be given to women who are the major source of income for the family and who have children to support.
This scholarship supports an entering sophomore, junior or senior with any major at UWRF.
Evidence of volunteer participation, community service activities, and/or personal service to an under privileged individual would aid in the selection of the successful applicant.
This scholarship supports full-time entering junior or senior students.
Preference is given to nontraditional students.
This scholarship supports undergraduate or graduate students who have experienced a break of at least three years in pursuing higher education.
Based upon academic performance, commitment to obtaining a degree at UW-River Falls and financial need, applicants must complete the essay detailing his/her qualifications.
The Lawton Undergraduate Minority Retention Grant is funded by the State of Wisconsin and provides financial assistance to designated under represented minority undergraduate students to improve opportunity for retention and graduation and to reduce the reliance on student loans.
To be eligible, you must be:
There are additional requirements to maintain this grant. Click here for more specific information about the Lawton Grant.
This scholarship supports a non-traditional student at UWRF of any major.
Preference will be given to a female student.
This scholarship supports students who are active participants in the Black Student Union.
This scholarship supports a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior student pursuing a degree at UWRF.
This scholarship supports an entering senior student with any major.
Preference will be given to a female student.
The scholarship supports either an undergraduate or graduate student in any major.
There are plenty of other general and more specific scholarships located on the UW-River Falls Scholarship System. Application Deadlines vary depending on the scholarship, but many are due within the first half of the Spring Semester for the following school year.