Wisconsin Scholarship and Grant Programs

Residents of Wisconsin are always encouraged to return to school. With the options available for funding and convenience, you are always given the opportunity to return to school now matter what age you may be.

This is an optimal time to return to school as the economy and job market is suffering and seeking new employees for various needed industries to repopulate the working population.

The state of Wisconsin and several entities within highly support continued education whether transitioning from high school or returning to school after many years.

State of Wisconsin Higher Education Aids Board (HEAB)

The State of Wisconsin Higher Education Aids Board, also known as HEAB, comprehensively supports continued education among the low income population. There are basic requirements to apply or be designated from any of the available scholarship and grants programs:

    • Student must be a resident of Wisconsin.
    • Student must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
    • Student must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree or certification program.
    • Student must be attending non-profit, participating college or university within the state.
    • Student must complete FAFSA either through financial aid department or www.fafsa.ed.gov


      • University of Wisconsin or relative schools
      • Wisconsin technological colleges
      • Wisconsin tribal institutions
      • University of Wisconsin and related Universities
      • Wisconsin Technological Colleges
      • Independent Colleges and Universities
      • Tribal Colleges
      • Quarter or more Native American blood
      • Tribal certification with appropriate Native American agency
      • Band certification with appropriate Native American agency
      • University of Wisconsin system
      • Wisconsin Technological Colleges
      • Independent Colleges and Universities that participate
      • Tribal Colleges
      • Approved out-of-state participating schools
      • University of Wisconsin system
      • Wisconsin Technological Colleges
      • Independent Colleges and Universities that are participating in program and are non-profit
      • Be in lower 90% of graduating class (class rank and GPA)
      • Demonstrate appreciation for Wausau, Wisconsin and its culture
      • Performed volunteerism and extracurricular activities
      • Demonstrate ability to excel in college
      • Studying piano highly motivated
      • Demonstrate a potential in further nurturing
      • Strong desire to acquire further quality piano instruction
      • Demonstrate a financial need
      • Elementary education
      • Nursing
      • Pharmacy
      • All other health care professions
      • Resident of Wisconsin
      • Enrolled in public or private teacher education program
      • Studying or completed a course in methods of teaching mathematics
      • Must have at least 3.0 GPA
      • Legal resident of U.S.
      • Resident of Wisconsin
      • Undergraduate in School of Business
      • Graduate of Wisconsin high school
      • Academic achievement
      • Qualifications
      • Community involvement
      • Leadership
      • Career aspirations
      • Educational plans of student

Though there are exceptions and expanded requirements depending on thGe actual grant or scholarship opportunity, many are available to you just for being a resident of Wisconsin and continuing your education.

Grants through HEAB

Wisconsin Higher Education Grant
The Wisconsin Higher Education Grant is available to any undergraduate student currently residing in the state of Wisconsin and attending a degree program or certification program at the participating educational institutions within the state of Wisconsin.

The student must be enrolled at least half time and continuously enrolled to receive the grant each year. The actual award amount is decided annually by HEAB and the awards are no less than $250, no more than $3000, and cannot exceed 10 semesters per student. The actual amount you can receive depends on your actual financial need. To receive information on this grant, you should contact your school’s financial aid office to discuss eligibility.

Wisconsin Tuition Grant
The Wisconsin Tuition Grant is available to undergraduate students that are residents of Wisconsin. Students must be enrolled at least half-time at the participating not-for-profit, independent colleges and universities in the state of Wisconsin. The award amount is determined each year by HEAB however depends on the student’s financial need and can be no less than $250 not exceeding 10 semesters. In order to get more information on obtaining this grant, you must contact HEAB or your financial aid office of the institution you attend.

Talent Incentive Program Grant
The Talent Incentive Program Grant, or TIP Grant, is available to the most financially needy students that are educationally disadvantaged residents of Wisconsin attending the following colleges:

Funding for this grant is provided by the State of Wisconsin as well as the Federal Government and is continually rewarded each semester for no more than 10 semesters as long as the student continually attends and demonstrates financial need. Students must be enrolled at least half-time and be first-time freshman to receive the initial award from $600-$1,800. In order to apply, you must complete the FAFSA and the Financial Aid office or WEOP will nominate those that qualify.

Indian Student Assistance Grants
The Indian Student Assistance Grants are offered to Native American college graduate or undergraduate students for all majors. Students must be legal residents of Wisconsin and demonstrate a financial need for the educational funds. The actual qualification of being considered an Indian student is:

These grants are awarded between $250 and $1,100 and are renewable for up to five years of continuous enrollment and include funding for graduate studies. To apply for the grant, you must complete the FAFSA either on the web or through the Financial Aid office and download the application for the Indian Student Assistance Grant on the website.

Hearing & Visually Handicapped Student Grant

As HEAB understand the equal importance of post-secondary education for even those with handicaps, the Hearing & Visually Handicapped Student Grant is available for these students that value a quality education. To qualify, students must be enrolled in participating institutions such as:

The student must be enrolled at least half time and must be an undergraduate Wisconsin resident. The award amount is dependent upon financial need and ranges from $250 to $1,800. These students must demonstrate a severe or significant hearing or visual impairment. To apply, you will complete the FAFSA and obtain the application through the HEAB website.

HEAB Scholarship
Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholarship
For students graduating high school, the Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholarship is available to those that graduate with the highest grade point average in each public and private high school within the state of Wisconsin. This scholarship is for those that enroll in a participating school:

The actual award is funded partly by the State of Wisconsin and matched by the university or college you attend and will equal $2,250 each year for tuition. You must enroll the year following designation of the award as a full time student by September 30th in order to receive the award. There is no application as your high school will nominate you if you qualify.

Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin
The Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin was founded in 1987 and offers several scholarships to students that are attending qualified Wisconsin universities and colleges.

Katherine H. Anderson Scholarship
The Katherine H. Anderson Scholarship is available for students graduating from the Wausau Area School District enrolling in a college degree or certification program in any field of study. Each student must:

Applying for this scholarship will be through the high school you are graduating from and the award amount will be based on tuition costs.

Ann B. Applegate Piano Scholars Award

The Ann B. Applegate Piano Scholars Award is available for those highly motivated 6-12th grade students that are studying piano under Ann Applegate at the Conservatory of Music. The actual student that receives the award will be decided by application process through the Conservatory and will be based on several qualities of the student:

The student interested in applying should register with the Community Foundation office as well through the Conservatory.

Raymond A. & Amella P. Beilke Scholarship
The Raymond A. & Amella P. Beilke Scholarship is awarded to high school students that have maintained at least a 3.0 grade point average to graduation from Marathon High School. The students that will be considered are those that are planning to study the following fields:

The student must also be planning on attending an accredited college or university to be eligible for the award. The application should be filed through the high school’s administration office or through the appropriate counselor.

Wisconsin Mathematics Council, Inc.
The Wisconsin Mathematics Council, Inc. is an organization that focuses on developing, advocating and promoting quality education for students throughout Wisconsin. This includes providing scholarships for students that are pursuing a post-secondary education after graduation from high school.
Sister Mary Petronia Van Straten and Ethel A. Neijahr Scholarships
To be eligible for these scholarships, students must be enrolled currently in teacher education programs at qualified Wisconsin colleges and universities. The students must meet the minimum requirements to apply:

Secondary major applicants must have successful completion of 16 mathematics credits as well as a statistics and computer programming or computer technology courses incorporated in the program.

Elementary major applicants must be completing a course that has at least 6 mathematics credits as well as some statistics concepts and computer technology incorporated into overall program.
Applicants should obtain the application from the Wisconsin Mathematics Council, Inc. online website at: www.wismath.org. Print or email the application following the directions provided on the website.

University of Wisconsin-Madison
The University of Wisconsin comprises several campuses and also offers varying financial aid opportunities to various students based on need and merit. There are several scholarships and programs available that will assist any Wisconsin resident in obtaining a secondary education.

FASTrack (Financial Aid Security Track)
FASTrack is a University of Wisconsin-Madison sponsored program that assists students that are pursuing their secondary education on securing the necessary funding in order to afford to attend the University. The actual program will consist of securing grants, work, and small loans to provide funding throughout the enrollment terms. Each year for four years, the program assures the student’s financial needs will be met. To apply, you just need to apply for aid and you will automatically be considered.

Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowships
Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowships are University of Wisconsin-Madison, campus-wide scholarships that are awarded to undergraduate students that are conducting research in collaboration with faculty or staff of University of Wisconsin-Madison. Students must be at least a junior in order to be eligible and have a quality research proposal as well as an original and intellectually significant research study. The minimum award for the academic year is $4,000.

Irene DeNoyer Scholarship Fund

In order to qualify for the Irene DeNoyer Scholarship, the student must be:

The preference for this award goes to students who were in the top 10% of their high school class. Although the students don’t have to have a financial need to be considered, those with a high financial need as well as high rank in class will be a higher priority than others.

Adolph R. Thiede Memorial Scholarship
The Adolph R. Thiede Memorial Scholarship has been offered since 1990 to junior undergraduates studying in the school of education who demonstrate significant academic achievement in at least four total semesters two of which must have been attended on University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Secondary factors will be financial need and other specifics for qualification. The minimum award amount per academic year is $2,500 and the student to receive the award will be decided by the All School Scholarship Committee. Applying is done through the University of Wisconsin-Madison Financial Aid office.

School of Human Ecology Scholarship
In order to qualify for the School of Human Ecology Scholarship, students must be currently attending and enrolled in one of the School of Ecology majors or programs. Applicants must be registered as a full-time student requiring 12 credits for the semester prior to applying. Applicants will be chosen based on:

In order to apply for the scholarship, students must be registered on the University of Wisconsin website and find the application through the finance tab after logging into MyUW. Students must also provide two letters of recommendation with the application.

As there are various specific qualifications based on the grants or scholarships, being a Wisconsin resident and demonstrating financial need comprises a large basis for decision for most of these grants and scholarship programs. Finding the program that is right for you will consist of searching the internet and looking through the above foundation websites in order to see other scholarships and grants that may be offered. Applying for as many as you qualify for is a good idea to prevent large tuition loan bills from adding up over time. Getting your education has never been easier and it is your time to take advantage.

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One Comment on “Wisconsin Scholarship and Grant Programs”

  1. Gerry Benusa wrote:

    How does one apply for this scholarship?
    Irene DeNoyer Scholarship Fund
    Thank you.

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