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Need-Based Scholarships


The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is highly regarded nationally for the quality of the education it provides and the caliber of its students. A degree from UW-L is still considered to be a great investment, but as each year passes and state funding for higher education continues to decline, it becomes more difficult to maintain that value.

How you can help

Help us fill the gap! Only a handful of federal programs – mostly loans – and one state program are available to help students with the greatest levels of documented need. In addition, a large number of UW-L students narrowly miss the threshold for these programs and do not qualify for any grant support.

With nearly three out of four of our students graduating with a significant amount of debt – and so much uncertainty on the long-term stability of government programs – UW-L wants to create its own source of assistance designed to help students who need it most. Please consider establishing a scholarship fund through the UW-L Foundation that will provide assistance to students with the greatest financial need. 

macpherson portraitGood advice to college students is to study as many hours as you can while working only as many hours as you must. Due to the economic realities of declining state and federal aid, many of our lowest income students spend too much time working and are left with too little time for their studies. This simple, but too common scenario, is why scholarships are so vital to the success of our current and future students.  Too often what keeps students from achieving their academic and/or professional goals is not some lack of drive or want of ability but the economic reality that there are not enough hours in the day for them to work enough and study enough.  For students caught in this situation, it’s scholarships that bridge the gap.  We cannot add hours to the day for these students, but each of us can work with the UWL Foundation to provide scholarship funding to those for whom it will make the difference. Scholarships work to enhance the citizenry of the university and our larger society. ” 

— Betsy Morgan, PhD, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs



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