Helping Falcons Soar

The average family income of UWRF students is the second lowest in the UW System. Securing access to higher education for tomorrow's leaders is a strategic priority of the UW-River Falls Foundation and for more than 60 years, the Foundation has made it possible for generations of students to attend UWRF. Scholarships provide students with critical financial support and access to unique educational opportunities. Your support directly impacts Falcons every single day. 

University Advancement staff are happy to discuss scholarship giving options that align with your personal interests. Contact us at 715-425-3505 or

Explore below to learn about scholarship giving.

Chancellor's Scholars is UWRF's premier scholarship program and is an opportunity for UWRF to recruit some of the best and brightest students. Incoming students chosen for this competitively-selected scholarship demonstrate leadership qualities, extracurricular involvement and academic merit. Depending on the size of the gift, the scholarship will cover either half or full in-state tuition and fees. Donors give a minimum endowed gift of $100,000, an annual gift of $4,000 for half tuition or $8,000 for full tuition.

A signature UWRF scholarship program, Falcon Scholars was established in 2012 as a partnership between alumni and students. $1,000 scholarships are awarded to incoming students who demonstrate strong academic achievement. Students also receive a $2,000 stipend their junior or senior year - funded by a commitment from the UWRF student body - to study abroad or participate in undergraduate research, scholarly or creative activities. 

A named endowed scholarship creates a legacy that will benefit students for generations to come. A one-time gift, a multi-year pledge or provisions in your estate plan will create your scholarship. The minimum gift is $25,000. Over time, additional contributions to the endowment ensures the fund will keep pace with the rising cost of tuition.

With a minimum donation of $1,000, you can create a named annual scholarship to support a UWRF student. With college expenses rising each year, some donors choose to support students with a larger award. Foundation staff will work directly with you to develop your scholarship criteria and will connect with you each year to continue the commitment to fund your named annual scholarship. 

Scholarships are typically selected in the spring prior to the academic year that the student receives the award. A university-wide or a college scholarship committee oversees the selection process. Please note, Internal Revenue Service regulations prevent donors from designating family members as scholarship recipients or from selecting the recipients.

How to Make a Gift

Online: Visit and select the college, department or program you wish to support.

Mail: Complete the commitment form. Return the form, along with payment, to the UW-River Falls Foundation, 410 S.3rd St., River Falls, WI 54022. 

Questions? Contact us at 715-425-3505 or