Scholarships

Scholarships are the best way to pay for some or all of your college education. Classified as “gift aid”, scholarships are a form of funding that does not need to be repaid at any time. Students apply for and earn scholarships based on merit, which could include demonstrated financial need, academic achievement, minority status, talent in performing arts and more.

Here is an overview of many of the scholarship opportunities available to WSU students.

WSU Academic Achievement Scholarships

Winona State awards more than a half-million dollars in academic scholarships to highly qualified students each year. These prestigious awards, which can amount to as much as $3,500 each, are based on academic merit and potential.

All Winona State applicants are automatically considered for the academic achievement scholarships. This means there is no extra paperwork to complete - and you will be guaranteed the money for which you qualify.

Scholarships Awarded by the WSU Financial Aid Office

The Financial Aid Office selects the recipients for scholarships totaling more than $60,000. Awards are based on the demonstrated financial need and academic standing of the student. The only application required or accepted for these scholarships is the application for student aid, the FAFSA.

All students who submit this needs analysis report to WSU receive scholarship consideration based on their test scores and/or cumulative grade point average combined with their financial need. Amounts vary from $100 to $1,500.

WSU Foundation Scholarships

WSU Foundation Scholarship recipients are selected by the WSU Foundation Scholarship Committee. Their goal is to make an investment in individuals so they seek students who excel in both intellectual learning and personal character. Please visit the WSU Foundation website for application instructions and deadlines.

Outside Scholarships

Each year WSU students also receive thousands of dollars in scholarships from outside sources such as:

  • government agencies
  • professional organizations
  • civic groups
  • corporations
  • sororities and fraternities
  • foundations
  • religious groups
  • educational associations
  • military veterans/organizations

Directories of these scholarship sources are available in public libraries, high school counselor offices and financial aid offices. Additionally, the WSU Catalog has an up-to-date list of outside scholarships.

Study Away Scholarships

Wondering if you can afford to study abroad or participate in a travel study experience? Did you know that there are several scholarship opportunities specifically for study away trips? Learn more about the scholarships available through WSU International Programs.

Minnesota Indian Scholarship

The Minnesota Indian Scholarship provides postsecondary financial assistance to eligible Minnesota resident students. To receive this scholarship, you must:

• have one-fourth or more Indian ancestry
• demonstrate financial need for an award
• be enrolled as at least three quarters time as an undergraduate or half time as a graduate student

Interested students should complete the Minnesota Indian Scholarship application. They should also complete the FAFSA and an application for tribal education funds.

Additional Advice

CashCourse provides a list of popular scholarship search engines provided by CashCourse. Be sure to use these free resources to identify and apply for many national and state-wide scholarships.

Also, be wary of any scholarship search offer that:
• charges fees
• asks for credit cards or checking account information
• guarantees scholarships

These are signs of scams targeted toward college students. You should not have to pay in order to apply or receive information about financial aid and scholarships. Learn more about avoiding scholarship scams on CashCourse.

If you are awarded a scholarship, the money is usually applied to your student account in two even installments (half for fall semester and half for spring). The Financial Aid office will otherwise honor any specific disbursement instructions received from the donor.