Freshmen Scholarships

UW Oshkosh highly values students who have achieved outstanding academic and leadership success. Scholarships are one way the University recognizes high achievement.

The following scholarships are available for incoming freshmen. If you’d like to browse additional scholarships listed through the UW Oshkosh financial aid office, please click here.

UW Oshkosh Enhanced Academic Excellence Scholarship

Amount:

  • (10) $2,000 tuition remission, 50% of standard room and board (double room and 15-meal plan), $400 book allowance and $1,500 work opportunity
  • (5) $2,000 tuition remission and $1,500 work opportunity
  • The above awards are in addition to the automatic $2,250 received by all Excellence Scholars
  • Renewable for a total of 8 semesters pending continued eligibility.

Requirements for Consideration:

  • Applicants must have been selected by their high school to participate in the State of Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholars Program. May NOT be an alternate.
  • Be admitted to UW Oshkosh as a first-year student and have submitted ACT/SAT scores.

Scholarship will be available for Fall 2016 freshmen in September 2015.

The deadline to apply is April 15.

Chancellor's Freshman Academic and Leadership Scholarships

Amount:

  • $1,000 (Freshman year only)

Quantity:

  • 100

Requirements for Consideration:

  • Must be a new freshman.
  • Must rank in the top quarter of their graduating class
  • Must have submitted ACT/SAT scores.
  • Must be admitted to UW Oshkosh.

Scholarship will be available for Fall 2016 freshmen in September 2015.

The deadline to apply is March 15.

George D. Dallas Scholarship

Amount:

  • $600

Quantity:

  • 1

Requirements for Consideration:

  • Must have attended Stevens Point Area High School (Wisconsin) for at least four (4) semesters
  • Be a new freshman
  • Be admitted to UW Oshkosh
  • Have a strong academic record
  • Must have participated in extracurricular activities (excluding athletics)

Scholarship will be available for Fall 2016 freshmen in September 2015.

The deadline to apply is March 1.

Citizens First Credit Union Scholarship

Amount:

  • $500

Quantity:

  • 2

Requirements for Consideration: 

  • Must be members of Citizens First Credit Union (can be a new member to qualify). To be eligible for membership, students must live or work in Winnebago, Outagamie, Calumet, Fond du Lac or Waushara counties; or the City of Berlin or the Townships of Berlin or Brooklyn, all located in Green Lake County; or be a member of the Pickett Co-op.
  • Be a new freshman in the fall immediately following high school graduation
  • Be admitted to UW Oshkosh
  • Have a strong academic record
  • Must have participated in school and community activities

Scholarship will be available for Fall 2016 freshmen in September 2015.

The deadline to apply is April 1.

Lucille V. and Ray J. Tack Scholarship

Amount:

  • Varies ($2,000 minimum)
  • Renewable pending satisfactory academic progress

Quantity:

  • Varies

Requirements for Consideration:

  • Must be graduating from Spencer High School, Spencer, Wis.
  • Must be accepted to UW Oshkosh
  • Must have a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Be admitted to UW Oshkosh

Scholarship will be available for Fall 2016 freshmen in September 2015.

The deadline to apply is April 1.

Michele Lipschultz Scholarship

Amount:

  • $1,500

Quantity:

  • 2

Requirements for Consideration:

  • Must be admitted female freshman entering UW Oshkosh the summer or fall immediately following high school graduation
  • Be admitted to UW Oshkosh
  • Must have financial need
  • Submit an essay discussing your financial need and how you have overcome obstacles to pursue education

Scholarship will be available for Fall 2016 freshmen in September 2015.

The deadline to apply is May 1.

National Achievement Finalist Scholarships

Amount:

  • Credit for resident tuition
  • Awards are renewable with satisfactory academic performance

Quantity:

  • Varies

Requirements for Consideration:

  • Must be a Finalist in the National Achievement Scholarship competition
  • Must submit a copy of Finalist letter to:
    UW Oshkosh Scholarship Coordinator
    PO Box 2423
    Oshkosh, WI 54903-242
  • Must enroll at UW Oshkosh the fall immediately following high school graduation

No scholarship application is necessary.

The deadline for this scholarship is the beginning of the fall term immediately following high school graduation.

National Merit Finalist Scholarships

Amount:

  • Credit for resident tuition
  • Standard room and board
  • $800 book allowance
  • Awards are renewable with satisfactory academic performance

Quantity:

  • Varies

Requirements for Consideration:

  • Must be a Finalist in the National Merit Scholarship competition
  • Must submit a copy of Finalist letter to:
    UW Oshkosh Scholarship Coordinator
    PO Box 2423
    Oshkosh, WI 54903-2423
  • Must enroll at UW Oshkosh the fall immediately following high school graduation
  • Must live in a residence hall to receive room/board and book allowance credit.

No scholarship application is necessary..

The deadline for this scholarship is the beginning of the fall term immediately following high school graduation.

Earl and Alpha Bowman Scholarship

Amount:

  • Varies

Quantity:

  • 1

Requirements for Consideration:

  • Be a new freshman OR transfer student
  • Must be a biology, microbiology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, geology or psychology major
  • Must submit a description of a science project or a research paper which indicates your ability to work independently
  • Have a strong academic record
  • In accord with the donor’s desire to encourage more African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic Americans and females to enter the sciences, preference will be given to applicants from those groups

Scholarship will be available for Fall 2016 freshmen in September 2015.

The deadline to apply is March 1.

Phil and Jean Nelson Alumni Scholarship

Amount:

  • $500 (minimum)

Quantity:

  • 4 (minimum)

Requirements for Consideration:

  • Must be a child or grandchild of a UW Oshkosh graduate
  • Be a new freshman
  • Be admitted to UW Oshkosh
  • Have a strong academic record
  • Submit an essay discussing your qualifications for the scholarship and your involvement in extracurricular activities, excluding athletics

Scholarship will be available for Fall 2016 freshmen in September 2015.

The deadline to apply is April 1.

Sentry Insurance Foundation, Inc. Freshman Leadership Scholarships

Amount:

  • $2,500 (renewable)

Quantity:

  • 2

Requirements for Consideration:

  • Be a new freshman
  • Be admitted to UW Oshkosh
  • Rank in the top 15% of graduating class
  • Must have submitted ACT or SAT scores
  • Must have had significant leadership experience
  • Must major in Business, Mathematics (Applied/Actuarial emphasis) or Computer Science
  • Submit an essay on one of the following topics: (1) How do I know I am a leader? (2) Leadership in a changing society or (3) A leader or role model for me.
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor

Scholarship will be available for Fall 2016 freshmen in September 2015.

The deadline to apply is March 15.

Anne Burns Hillenbrand Family Scholarship

Amount:

  • Resident Tuition and a Paid Internship (renewable for four years), pending satisfactory progress

Quantity:

  • 1

Requirements for Consideration:

  • Be a new freshman
  • Be admitted to UW Oshkosh
  • Have a strong academic record
  • Be willing to work about ten hours per week in a paid professional experience to enhance the value of your undergraduate education

Scholarship will be available for Fall 2016 freshmen in September 2015.

The deadline to apply is April 1.

UW Oshkosh Credit Union Freshman Scholarship

Amount:

  • $500 (renewable pending satisfactory progress)

Quantity:

  • 2

Requirements for Consideration:

  • Must be a new freshman
  • Must rank in the top 25% of graduating class
  • Must have leadership experience (excluding athletics) and/or community involvement
  • Must have submitted ACT (American College Test) scores
  • Must be admitted to UW Oshkosh
  • Must be a graduating senior from one of the Oshkosh, Wis., high schools

Scholarship will be available for Fall 2016 freshmen in September 2015.

The deadline to apply is April 15.

Don and Rose Kutchera Scholarship

Amount:

  • $450

Quantity:

  • 2

Requirements for Consideration:

  • Must be a new freshman
  • Must be a graduate of an Oshkosh, Wis., high school
  • Must have participated in school AND community activities
  • Have a strong academic record

Scholarship will be available for Fall 2016 freshmen in September 2015.

The deadline to apply is April 1.

UW Oshkosh Foundation Hotel Scholarship

Amount:

  • $4,000

Quantity:

  • 4

Requirements for Consideration:

  • Must be an entering freshman from an Oshkosh, Wis., high school
  • Must be attending as a full-time student
  • Must have a strong, demonstrated interest in the hospitality industry
  • Must have hospitality work experience, such as restaurant or hotel
  • Must rank in the top quarter of graduating class
  • Preference may be given to business majors

Scholarship will be available for Fall 2016 freshmen in September 2015.

The deadline to apply is May 1.

Susan Hardy Heaney Memorial Scholarship

Amount:

  • $750

Quantity:

  • 2

Requirements for Consideration:

  • Must be a new freshman
  • Must be admitted to UW Oshkosh
  • Must rank in the top 25% of graduating class
  • Must plan to major in Nursing, Special Education, Social Work or Human Services

Scholarship will be available for Fall 2016 freshmen in September 2015.

The deadline to apply is April 15.

Alpha Xi Delta Scholarship

Amount:

  • $100

Quantity:

  • 6

Requirements for Consideration:

  • Must be a new female freshman entering UW Oshkosh for fall 2015
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Award, if received, must be used for tuition and/or books

Scholarship will be available for Fall 2016 freshmen in September 2015.

The deadline to apply is May 6.

Delta Sigma Phi Scholarship

Amount:

  • $250

Quantity:

  • 2

Requirements for Consideration:

  • Must be a new male freshman entering the summer or fall following high school graduation
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Must demonstrate leadership and involvement in extracurricular activities, excluding athletics
  • Award recipients must carry at least 12 credits during the fall and spring of freshman year at UW Oshkosh
  • Award recipients must attend the Delta Sigma Phi banquet on the second Saturday in December, or other even as determined

Scholarship will be available for Fall 2016 freshmen in September 2015.

The deadline to apply is May 15.

Willcockson Art Scholarships

Amount:

  • Varies

Quantity:

  • Varies

Requirements for Consideration:

  • Be a new freshman
  • Be admitted to UW Oshkosh
  • Rank in the top 25% of graduating class
  • Submit a portfolio that includes 10 to 20 examples from major studio areas. Five of these examples MUST be from the area of drawing and may include slides or photographs of large items or three-dimensional work.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation

Scholarship will be available for Fall 2016 freshmen in September 2015.

The deadline to apply is March 15.

Willcockson Theatre Scholarships

Amount:

  • Varies

Quantity:

  • Varies

Requirements for Consideration:

  • Be an admitted new freshman
  • Rank in top 25% of high school class
  • Must provide a resumé of theatre activities
  • Submit two letters of recommendation; one should be from your theatre teacher/director
  • Must be admitted to UW Oshkosh

Scholarship will be available for Fall 2016 freshmen in September 2015.

The deadline to apply is March 15.

Willcockson Music Scholarships

Please visit the Department of Music scholarships page for more information on this scholarship.

Eileen Hanselman Kuhlers Music Scholarship

Please visit the Department of Music scholarship page for more information on this scholarship.

William E. White Debate and Communication Scholarships

Amount:

  • $600

Quantity:

  • 3

Requirements for Consideration:

  • Be a new freshman
  • Be admitted to UW Oshkosh
  • Rank in the top 25% of graduating class
  • Submit a statement about your qualifications for the scholarship and a summary of your communication/debate activities
  • Submit two letters of recommendation. One MUST be from a speech/communication teacher. The other letter should be from someone (not a relative) who can address your speech/communication ability.

Scholarship will be available for Fall 2016 freshmen in September 2015.

The deadline to apply is March 1.

Diversity Honors Scholarships

Amount:

  • Varies

Quantity:

  • Varies

Requirements for Consideration:

  • Must be a new freshman
  • Must be a US citizen or permanent resident and have one of the following ethnic heritages: American Indian, African American, Hispanic/Latino OR Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian or Vietnamese admitted to the U.S after 12/31/75
  • Have a strong academic record

Scholarship will be available for Fall 2016 freshmen in September 2015.

The deadline to apply is March 15.

Erwin G. Ackerman Scholarship

Amount:

  • $1,000 (Renewable for sophomore year), pending satisfactory progress

Quantity:

  • 1-2

Requirements for Consideration:

  • Must be a graduate of an Oshkosh, Wis., high school
  • Must plan to pursue engineering
  • Be a new freshman entering UW Oshkosh the summer or fall following high school graduation
  • Have a strong academic record, particularly in math and science
  • Submit three (3) letters of recommendation (a math teacher, a science teacher, and a teacher in another academic area)
  • Submit a statement about your interest in Engineering and career goals
  • Be admitted to UW Oshkosh
  • Submit ACT or SAT scores

Scholarship will be available for Fall 2016 freshmen in September 2015.

The deadline to apply is March 1.

Cheryl L. Mellenthin Nursing Scholarship

Amount:

  • $2,000 (renewable for up to four years), pending satisfactory progress

Quantity:

  • 1

Requirements for Consideration:

  • Must be admitted entering UW Oshkosh freshmen who will be full-time students and plan to pursue nursing
  • Must have superior academic records
  • Must have demonstrated financial need

Scholarship will be available for Fall 2016 freshmen in September 2015.

The deadline to apply is April 1.

Geology Scholarship

Amount:

  • $1,000

Quantity:

  • 1

Requirements for Consideration:

  • Must have a strong interest in Geology or Earth Science
  • Be a new freshman
  • Be admitted to UW Oshkosh
  • Submit ACT scores
  • Have a strong academic record, particularly in science and math
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from science teachers
  • Submit an essay of 500 words or less discussing your interest in Geology or Earth Science and your career goals
  • Winners must enroll in two introductory Geology classes during the freshman year—one each in fall and spring

Scholarship will be available for Fall 2016 freshmen in September 2015.

The deadline to apply is March 1.

James H. Fischer Family Scholarship

Amount:

  • $1000 (Renewable for sophomore year if recipient remains eligible.)

Quantity:

  • 1

Requirements for Consideration:

  • Must be a new freshman who will be a full-time student in fall 2015 (12+ credits)
  • Have a minimum high school GPA of 3.0 (on 4.0 scale)
  • Have declared a major in biology/microbiology or geology
  • Must not have more than one sibling
  • Must submit a statement of no more than 500 words describing applicant’s interests and career goals
  • Financial need is not a consideration for this scholarship.

Scholarship will be available for Fall 2016 freshmen in September 2015.

The deadline to apply is April 15.