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Frequently Asked Questions

To apply online, please visit our Online Scholarship Application.

There are many scholarships that are not online.  You would apply through your department.  These would include those applications that require portfolios or auditions.  Always check with your department for more scholarship information.

Please note: incoming freshmen will not be able to apply until after they have registered for classes. There will be a specific application period for these students in the summer of 2018. They will be notified when applications will be accepted by an email to their WSU email account.

Currently enrolled students will need their StarID and password. If you do not know your StarID and/or password, you can learn how to reset your password.

If you encounter a problem, you can contact Technical Support at 507.457.5240.

For current WSU students, the application window will be open after February 15, 2018.

Check the Winona Scholarship website for information. You can also check with your department for more information.

All WSU Foundation Scholarships are unique depending on the donor's wishes. Criteria include:
  • Academics (GPA, SAT/ACT scores, High School Ranking)
  • Need Based & Academics (FAFSA form determines financial need)
  • Special Eligibility Requirements (Major, High School attended, Residence, Class Status, etc.)
  • Combinations of any of the above   

You will be notified with a congratulatory letter sent to your WSU email account along with an acceptance form for you to complete and return along with a thank you note. The awarding process takes time and will begin in April 2016 and run through summer 2016.

Your scholarship fund award is made through the WSU Financial Aid Office. The scholarship award will be applied to your account.. You will receive half the award in fall and half in the spring.

For more information please contact the Financial Aid Office.

Yes; it is typically a good idea to apply for as many as you are eligible for.

Yes; there are many scenarios available to all students. For instance you may not be academically in great standing, however you may qualify on a Financial Need basis.

In some cases, a scholarship will reduce your student loan amounts. To verify the effect a scholarship can have on your Financial Aid, please contact the Financial Aid Office at or 507.457.2800.

The FAFSA form is necessary to gain a perspective on Financial Needs of the student (i.e. Parent's Expected Contribution). For more information regarding the FAFSA:


Not all scholarships are based on financial need; For instance, a student may not have a financial need, however does meet academic requirements of a scholarship.

You will be required to submit two 'Thank You' notes for each scholarship received:

  • One when you receive your scholarship
  • One in the fall of the academic year

Most essays are based on writing about your personal and career goals. You can write your essay in any editor and have it ready to tweak for each scholarship, then you can copy and paste into each application. 

Most scholarships require students to be full-time (at least 12 credit hours). However, there are a few scholarships available for part-time students..

Yes; if the international student will be attending Winona State University then they will be eligible.

Please contact the Admissions Office at or 507.457.5100 for questions regarding Transfer Students and Scholarships.

Yes, at this time there are a few scholarships available to Graduate Students:

  • In the Counseling Department
  • In the Nursing Department

Yes! Anytime we handle personal or sensitive information, it is strictly confidential.

Your parents will be invited to a scholarship recognition event in the fall of your academic year. Your parents information is utilized to mail the invitation, and for other WSU publications and information. 

Yes; but only if you are under the age of 18 or you as the student grant them permission to your information.