Scholarship Information

Deadlines for scholarship applications vary! Check them early and plan ahead!

UW-L scholarships                        Scholarships outside UW-L                     Web-based scholarships search engines

Scholarships through UW-L

Currently, the Foundation has five scholarships specifically aimed at women and/or WGSS students.  The scholarship application form is available at the UW-L Foundation Office or online (  The five scholarships are: 

1)"Toward Self-Reliance" Scholarship.  Requires 9 credits toward a Women's Studies Minor and a 3.0 minimum GPA overall in W-S.  Preference given to students 25 years old or older; others may apply; 
2) “OCW Jean L. Foss and Norene A. Smith Non-Traditional Students” Scholarship sponsored by UW-L Organization for Campus Women, for women 25 years of age or older, enrolled or accepted for fall admission; 
3) "AVANT Award" sponsored by the local organization, AVANT; 
4) “Marilyn Ondall”  Scholarship Endowment Fund - full-time junior or senior; either a graduate of the Self Sufficiency Program or who has successfully completed (or currently enrolled in) at least one course in Women’s Studies; financial need to be considered; and 
5) “PEO Chapter Memorial Award” -  must be female; a senior [not necessarily 25 or older]; have at least a 2.65 GPA; financial need to be considered.  Preference given to students 25 years of age or older on most awards. 
6)  "Women's Studies Founders, Graduates, and Activists Fund Award" - Should be a WGSS major or minor.  Should be a sophomore or junior.  Should have a 3.5 GPA in the WGSS major or minor. Essay required: How does your life and your academic studies reflect feminist commitments?

DEADLINE:  On or before Feb. 15th
at 4:00 p.m.  See specifics about how to apply at the Foundation website. 

Also, check out the Foundation website for other scholarships -- you might be eligible for more than one.  Go to or for more information, or call the Foundation Office at 608-785-6803.

Don't forget to talk to our Financial Aid office:

SSP's Locally Grown Scholarships fund some of our SSP graduates. Email Andrea Hansen for more information.

Scholarships Outside UW-L

Wisconsin Women Equals Prosperity! lists scholarships as well as job opportunities and internships

Graduate scholarships in women-related fields:  Our national organization, NWSA, sponsors several scholarships for those of you going on to grad school in women’s studies-related areas.  See for more information.

Coulee Region Professional Women's new Scholarship!  Click here for more info.  Click here for the application.  Both files open as .pfds

Wisconsin Women in Government Scholarships:

The Point Foundation funds scholarships for LGBT students. This is another national source.

The PFund (Philanthrofund) of Minneapolis also funds LGBT students. Awards range from $2,000 to $5,000 and the application is online at

Here's a great list of LGBT scholarships

Web-based search engines:

The Metropolitan State College of Denver's Institute for Women's Studies and Services maintains a very good list of national scholarships that you'll find interesting: This site provides some category searches

The College Board (they write the SAT exam) scholarship search engine: