Scholarships are monetary gifts from community, private, and campus sources and are usually based on academic merit or other achievement-related criteria. Some scholarships also require verification of financial need. Therefore, all scholarship applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA. No repayment of scholarships is required.

Use common sense and good judgment when researching scholarship opportunities. Typically, a student should not have to pay to apply for a scholarship. If asked to pay or it sounds too good to be true, the scholarship may be fraudulent. Links to information regarding scams in the aid/scholarship search process are provided below.

Campus foundations, local businesses, and other sources provide scholarships for students at the UW Colleges campuses. Contact your high school counselor and/or your campus Solution Center/Student Affairs Office for scholarship information. Online students should email Also see below for assistance with looking for scholarships by means of online search tools.