UW-Superior Foundation Scholarships

The UW-Superior Foundation provides numerous scholarships using money contributed by alumni and friends of the university. Applications are accepted each spring semester and scholarships are awarded for the following academic year. Please do not apply if you are graduating in the spring or summer of the current academic year.

Please select the scholarship type or department below to learn about the opportunities available.

Prospective students and school counselors: Prospective students and school counselors seeking information about Foundation scholarships should visit the UW-Superior Admissions scholarships page. You can also view a list of Foundation scholarships for new freshmen and transfer students.

Students will be notified if they are awarded a scholarship.

Current UW-Superior students: Continuing students who wish to apply for UW-Superior Foundation scholarships should look at the section below titled Scholarships for Current Students. Use the links above to review the scholarships available and the criteria for each, and below to find answers to frequently asked questions.

Scholarship applications are typically due in early March. Watch your UW-Superior email for communications regarding when and how to apply for scholarships.

Faculty and staff: Visit the Scholarship Information page and follow the instructions for awarding scholarships. Use the links above to review the scholarships available and their criteria, and below to find the answers to frequently asked scholarship questions.

Scholarships for Current Students

How to apply for Foundation scholarships

1. Complete the scholarship application: When the Foundation has communicated it is time to submit your application (usually in early February), complete the application online.  Department committees will review the applications and evaluate them to determine which students shall be awarded Foundation Scholarships based on the donor-specified criteria for each scholarship. Scholarships are awarded for the following academic year, and are applied directly to your student account in equal installments for fall and spring semester. Please do not apply if you will be graduating in the spring or summer of the current academic year.

Some scholarships have very specific criteria, and you will be directed to a short secondary application if you may qualify for those based on information from your general application. Need help? Call 715-394-8452 during business hours or email and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Getting started: Foundation scholarships

2. Watch your email for your Foundation Scholarship Award Letter: The University Advancement Office will email award letters to students who were recommended for scholarships, and this usually occurs by mid May.

3. Submit your acceptance thank you letter: Your scholarship award email will give directions on how to submit a letter of appreciation. A scholarship can be applied to your account only after your thank you letter has been received. Failure to submit the thank you letter may result in the scholarship being re-awarded to another student.

Having trouble submitting your thank you letter online? The system does not allow you to upload a document with more than one punctuation mark in the file name, so that may be the issue if you're having trouble. Rename your letter(s) and try again. You can also email your letter(s) as an attachment to

FAFSA will be used to determine whether or not a student has financial need. FAFSA paperwork must be submitted each year to the Financial Aid office in order to be considered for scholarships which include financial need as part of the criteria.

Students who receive a full-tuition Foundation scholarship are generally not eligible for additional Foundation scholarships.

Scholarship FAQs

If you are awarded a Foundation scholarship, you will receive an award letter in your UW-Superior email account. Emails are typically sent out before the end of spring semester, but some may be awarded during the summer. 

Unfortunately, not all applicants will receive scholarship awards. If you have questions about whether or not you were awarded a Foundation scholarship, please contact the department in which you applied. Additional scholarship questions can be directed to the Advancement Office at 715-394-8452 or

Once the University Advancement office receives your acceptance thank you letter(s) for your scholarship award, the Financial Aid office is notified. Funds are typically disbursed at the beginning of each semester.

If you have submitted your letter(s) of appreciation, please contact the Financial Aid office to find out when you can expect the funds to be disbursed to your account.

Possibly. Please visit the University Advancement office in Old Main 237, call (715) 394-8452 , or email for more information.

UW-Superior Foundation scholarship conditions:

Scholarships are generally awarded to full-time students. However, some exceptions may apply due to the nature of the scholarship and its criteria.

Scholarships are usually disbursed for the academic year of two semesters (fall and spring) and should be used for educational expenses only. If a student is to receive monies in excess of institutional charges, the University Business Office will issue a refund according to the disbursement schedule as listed on the Bursar's website. In the event a student leaves school before the end of the semester, they may be required to refund to the UW-Superior Foundation the same proportion of refund dollars which are returned. Students who are awarded a Foundation scholarship and cancel or withdraw from the university will forfeit the scholarship for any subsequent semesters.

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is used to determine whether or not a student has financial need for scholarships which include financial need as part of the criteria. If the information on a student's FAFSA is found to be incorrect, the scholarship may be revoked if financial need no longer exists.

Scholarship recipients may also be expected to attend appreciation luncheons/dinners to thank scholarship donors. Additional appreciation activities (other thank you letters, etc.) may also be requested. Students will be notified of any additional requirements.

External Scholarships

DSA Community Foundation

The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation offers thousands of dollars each year to students in northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. For more information and to apply, visit the DSA Community Foundation.

View additional outside scholarships.