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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.

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.

Outstanding Academic Honor Awards

Award Amount: $3,500 per academic year

How to Qualify:

  • Top 5% of graduating class or 3.90 cumulative high school GPA on 4.0 scale with 32 ACT/1470 SAT
  • You will be automatically considered for this scholarship with your application to WSU.

This scholarship is renewable for sophomore, junior, senior years based on your college GPA.


WSU Foundation Board Scholarships

Award Amount: $4,000 per academic year

How to Qualify:

  • Top 5% or 3.90 cumulative high school GPA on 4.0 scale of graduating class and 28 ACT/1320 SAT
  • Eligible students will be invited to apply. Application includes an essay and an interview.

This scholarship is renewable for sophomore, junior, senior years based on your college GPA.


Presidential Honor Scholarships

Award Amount: $1,000-$2,500 per academic year

How to Qualify:

GPA & Test Scores Award Amount
Top 5% of graduating class or 3.90 cumulative high school GPA on 4.0 with 28 ACT/1320 SAT $2,500
Top 10% or 3.80 cumulative high school GPA on 4.0 scale with 27 ACT/1290 SAT $1,500
Top 15% or 3.70 cumulative high school GPA on 4.0 scale with 26 ACT/1260 SAT $1,000
Top 50% or 3.20 cumulative high school GPA on 4.0 scale with 28 ACT/1320 SAT $1,000
#1 or #2 in graduating class with 21 ACT/1060 SAT $1,000

You will be automatically considered for this scholarship with your application to WSU.

This scholarship is renewable for sophomore, junior, senior years based on your college GPA.


Academic Awards

Award Amount: $300-1,500

How to Qualify:

  • You will be automatically considered for this scholarship with your application to WSU.
  • Awards of $300 - $1,500 are included in admission decision letters.
  • You may be eligible for additional award amounts if ACT/SAT test scores improve after admission date.
  • These academic awards do not renew and will not be added onto Presidential Honor or Foundation Board scholarships.

Renewable Resident Tuition Scholarship

Amount: Resident Tuition Rate (approx. $5,800 less than the Non-Resident tuition rate)

How to Qualify:

  • Be a resident of Illinois, Iowa or other non-reciprocity state
  • Top 15% of their graduating class or an ACT of 25 or greater will pay resident rates rather than non-resident.

This award means that you will pay the resident (in-state) tuition rate rather than the non-resident (out-of-state) tuition rate. You can think of it as a roughly $5,800 scholarship.

This scholarship is renewable if you maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in college.

Alumni Society

Award Amount: $1,000 (limited number awarded each year)

How to Qualify:

  • Child, grandchild, brother, sister, or ward of WSU graduate
  • Eligible students will be invited to apply. Application includes an essay and an interview.

Inclusion and Diversity

Award Amount: $350-$2,000

How to Qualify:

These scholarships are awarded based on academic potential. Please contact the Inclusion and Diversity Office for more information.


Music, Art & Theatre

Award Amount: $300-$3,000

How to Qualify:

These scholarships are awarded based on audition. Please contact the Music, Art, and Theater and Dance departments for more information.


Intercollegiate Athletics

Amount: Varies

How to Qualify:

These scholarships are awarded based on skill. Please contact Warrior Athletics staff for information.


Unrestricted Scholarships

Amount: $100-$250

How to Qualify:

Transfer Scholarships

Amount: $500

How to Qualify:

  • Have at least 30 credits and at least 3.35 cumulative college GPA when you apply to WSU
  • Scholarship application forms are mailed to qualified students

Deadline:

  • Nov. 19 for spring term
  • May 21 for fall term

Renewable Resident Tuition Scholarship

Amount: Resident Tuition Rate (about $5,800 less than the Non-Resident tuition rate)

How to Qualify:

  • Be a resident of Illinois, Iowa or other non-reciprocity state
  • Be an incoming transfer student with at least 24 transferable college credits and a 3.25 cumulative college GPA
If you have less than 24 credits, you will need to meet at least one of these criteria:
  • Be in the top 15% of your high school graduating class
  • Have a 3.70 cumulative high school GPA
  • Have an ACT score of 25 or greater
  • Have an SAT score of 1200 or greater

This award means that you will pay the resident (in-state) tuition rate rather than the non-resident (out-of-state) tuition rate. You can think of it as a scholarship worth roughly $5,800.

This scholarship is renewable if you maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in college.


Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships

Amount: $1,000 per year

How to Qualify:

  • Be a member of Phi Theta Kappa
  • Have at least 3.5 cumulative GPA
  • Have earned associates degree or completed MN transfer curriculum

Alumni Society

Award Amount: $1,000 (limited number awarded each year)

How to Qualify:

  • Child, grandchild, brother, sister, or ward of WSU graduate
  • Eligible students will be invited to apply. Application includes an essay and an interview.

Inclusion and Diversity

Award Amount: $350-$2,000

How to Qualify:

These scholarships are awarded based on academic potential. Please contact the Inclusion and Diversity Office for more information.


Music, Art & Theatre

Award Amount: $300-$3,000

How to Qualify:

These scholarships are awarded based on audition. Please contact the Music, Art, and Theater and Dance departments for more information.


Intercollegiate Athletics

Amount: Varies

How to Qualify:

These scholarships are awarded based on skill. Please contact Warrior Athletics staff for information.


Unrestricted Scholarships

Amount: $100-$250

How to Qualify:

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 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. The WSU Foundation awards over 700 scholarships totaling more than 1.4 million dollars annually.

Apply for 2018-2019 Academic Year Scholarships

Application deadline is March 1, 2018 at 11:59pm. Please email wsuscholarships@winona.edu with any questions.

 

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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.

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.
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.

More Advice on Scholarships

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.