Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply online for scholarships?
To apply online, please visit our Online Scholarship Application.
Are all scholarships online?
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.
How do I log in and access the WSU Foundation scholarship page?
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.
When will the application process begin and end?
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.
What criteria are scholarship recipients based on?
- 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
How will I be notified if I receive a scholarship?
If I receive a scholarship how does the money get paid out?
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.
Can I receive more than one scholarship?
Yes; it is typically a good idea to apply for as many as you are eligible for.
Do you have scholarships for the average students?
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.
Does my scholarship affect my financial aid reward?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 507.457.2800.
What is the FAFSA form?
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:
- Visit the official FAFSA website where you can learn more or fill out the application.
- Contact WSU Financial Aid Office: 507.457.2800 or email@example.com
What if I don't have any financial need?
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.
How many 'Thank You' notes will I write?
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
Do I have to write a new essay for each scholarship?
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.
Are there scholarships for part-time students?
Most scholarships require students to be full-time (at least 12 credit hours). However, there are a few scholarships available for part-time students..
Are foreign students eligible for scholarship awards?
Yes; if the international student will be attending Winona State University then they will be eligible.
What scholarships are available to transfer students?
Please contact the Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 507.457.5100 for questions regarding Transfer Students and Scholarships.
Do you have graduate scholarships?
Yes, at this time there are a few scholarships available to Graduate Students:
- In the Counseling Department
- In the Nursing Department
Is my information kept confidential?
Yes! Anytime we handle personal or sensitive information, it is strictly confidential.
Why is my parent's address and info required?
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.
Is there any way that a parent can get information?
Yes; but only if you are under the age of 18 or you as the student grant them permission to your information.