Scholarships

Scholarships are basically free money for college, and WSU offers scholarships for all types of students.

Scholarships are a great way for you to pay for your college education. Since scholarships are classified as gift aid, they don’t have to be repaid.

Students apply for and earn scholarships based on many factors, which could include demonstrated financial need, academic achievement, minority status, talent in performing arts, athletic ability, and more.

Scholarships for First-Year Students

WSU offers many scholarships just for first-year students—and you’re automatically considered for several just by submitting the admissions application.

Award Amount: Resident Tuition Rate

This award means that you’ll pay the Minnesota resident (in-state) tuition rate rather than the non-resident (out-of-state) tuition rate.

You can think of it as a roughly $6,500 scholarship.

Students from reciprocity states (WI, SD, ND) will receive the grant but are still eligible to apply for reciprocity. Reciprocity may provide students with a lower cost depending upon tuition rates from participating states.

How to Qualify:

  • Be a resident of another U.S. state
  • You’ll be automatically considered for this scholarship with your application to WSU

This scholarship is renewable if you maintain at least a 2.5 GPA at WSU.

Award Amount: $3,500 per academic year

How to Qualify:

  • Have a 4.0 cumulative high school GPA on 4.0 scale
  • You’ll be automatically considered for this scholarship with your application to WSU

WSU awards more than a half-million dollars in Academic Achievement Scholarships to highly-qualified students each year. These prestigious scholarships are awarded based on academic merit and potential.

All WSU applicants are automatically considered for the Academic Achievement scholarships, so there’s no extra paperwork to complete—and you’ll be guaranteed the money for which you qualify.

This scholarship is renewable for your sophomore, junior, and senior years if you maintain at least a 3.5 GPA at WSU.

Award Amount: $1,000-$2,500 per academic year

For domestic students in the United States, the award amount is based on GPA.

GPA (based on 4.0 scale) Award Amount
3.90-3.99 cumulative high school GPA $2,500
3.80 – 3.89 cumulative high school GPA $1,500
3.30 – 3.79 cumulative high school GPA $1,000

 

For international students, the award amount is based on test scores and having a minimum GPA of 3.0. You are also required to live on campus for your first year with this scholarship.

SAT Total Scores 1470 1320 1290 1260
ACT 32 28 27 27
TOEFL (Internet) 113 105 100 96
IELTS 8.0 7.5 7.0
Duolingo Test of English 135 125 120 115
PTE Academic 79 73 68 65
Estimated Annual Award $3,500 $2,500 $1,500 $1,000

 

How to Qualify:

You’ll be automatically considered for this scholarship with your application to WSU.

This scholarship is renewable for your sophomore, junior, and senior years if you maintain at least a 3.5 GPA at WSU.

Award Amount: $500

How to Qualify:

You’ll be automatically considered for this scholarship with your application to WSU.

Awards of $500 are included in admission decision letters.

These academic awards don’t renew and won’t be added onto Presidential Honor, Outstanding Academic Honor Award, or WSU Foundation Board scholarships.

Award Amount: $4,000 per academic year

How to Qualify:

  • Have a 4.0 cumulative high school GPA on 4.0 scale
  • Eligible students will be invited to apply
  • Application includes an essay and an interview

Award Amount: $1,000

How to Qualify:

  • Be a child, grandchild, brother, sister, or ward of a WSU graduate
  • Eligible students will be invited to apply
  • Application includes an essay and an interview

Award Amount: $100-$1,500

How to Qualify:

The Financial Aid Office selects the recipients for scholarships totaling more than $60,000. Awards are based on the demonstrated financial need and academic standing of the student.

Award Amount: Varies, up to the estimated cost of attendance

Awards will be given on a first come, first served basis until all funding is awarded.

How to Qualify:

  • Be a Minnesota resident
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1
  • Have demonstrated financial need as determined by the FAFSA
  • Must be admitted to WSU by March 1
  • Must be registered for at least 15 credits when financial aid is first disbursed for the semester

This scholarship is renewable for up to 8 semesters if you meet these requirements:

  • Meet all Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements. You’ll lose this award if you’re on academic warning or probation.
  • Meet with your academic advisor each semester to remain on track for graduation.
  • File your FAFSA each year by March 1 and continue to demonstrate financial need as determined by FAFSA.
  • Continue to be registered for at least 15 credits when financial aid is first disbursed for the semester.

If you earn a bachelor’s degree in less than 4 years, you’ll stop receiving this award upon graduation.

Scholarships for Transfer Students

When you transfer to WSU, you can qualify for several scholarships that are exclusively for transfer students.

Award Amount: Resident Tuition Rate

This award means that you’ll pay the Minnesota resident (in-state) tuition rate rather than the non-resident (out-of-state) tuition rate starting Fall 2022.

You can think of it as a roughly $6,500 scholarship.

Students from reciprocity states (WI, SD, ND) will receive the grant but are still eligible to apply for reciprocity. Reciprocity may provide students with a lower cost depending upon tuition rates from participating states.

How to Qualify:

  • Be a resident of another U.S. state
  • You’ll be automatically considered for this scholarship with your application to WSU

This scholarship is renewable if you maintain at least a 2.5 GPA at WSU.

Award Amount: $1,000

How to Qualify:

  • Have earned 30 or more college credits
  • Have a cumulative college GPA of 3.35 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • You’ll be automatically considered for this scholarship with your application to WSU

Award Amount: $2,500 per academic year

If you have already received the Workforce Development Scholarship, you can continue using this award to pursue a corresponding bachelor’s degree at WSU.

You’ll receive $1,250 award per term, and there’s a $7,500 maximum over 3 years total.

How to Qualify:

  • Must be a Minnesota resident.
  • Must have been awarded the WDS at your community or technical college.
  • Must be enrolled in an eligible program for a high-demand occupation (i.e. advanced manufacturing, agriculture, health care services, information technology, early childhood education, and transportation).
  • Must enroll in at least 9 credits per term.
  • Must maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale. Some programs may require a higher minimum GPA.

Complete the Workforce Development Application (PDF) only if you received the WDS at your community or technical college.

Award Amount: $1,000 per academic year

How to Qualify:

  • Be a member of Phi Theta Kappa
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Have earned associate’s degree or completed MN Transfer Curriculum

Award Amount: $1,000

How to Qualify:

  • Be a child, grandchild, brother, sister, or ward of a WSU graduate
  • Eligible students will be invited to apply
  • Application includes an essay and an interview

Scholarships for International Students

International students are eligible to receive scholarships for first year students and transfer students, such as the

  • Presidential Honor Scholarship
  • Transfer Scholarships
  • Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

Cross-Cultural Scholarship

Award Amount: Resident Tuition Rate

This award means that you’ll pay the Minnesota resident tuition rate rather than the non-resident tuition rate. Learn about the cost of attendance for international students.

How to Qualify:

You’ll be automatically considered for this scholarship with your application to WSU

The Cross-Cultural Scholarship is renewable for up to 9 semesters if you:

Scholarships for All Students

These scholarships are available to students at any point in their program at WSU. There may be additional criteria for specific scholarships.

Award Amount: Varies

How to Qualify:
These scholarships are awarded based on academic potential. Contact your academic department to learn more.

 

Award Amount: $350-$2,000

How to Qualify:

These scholarships are awarded based on academic potential. Please contact the Equity and Inclusive Excellence Office for more information.

Award Amount: $300-$3,000

How to Qualify:

These scholarships are awarded based on audition. Please contact the Music, Art, and Theater and Dance departments for more information.

Award Amount: Varies

How to Qualify:

These scholarships are awarded based on skill. Please contact the Warrior Athletics staff.

Award Amount: Varies

There are several scholarship opportunities specifically for study away trips.

Learn more about the scholarships available through the WSU Study Abroad Office.

Award Amount: Varies

How to Qualify:

  • Be a Minnesota resident
  • Have one-fourth or more Indian ancestry
  • Demonstrate financial need for an award
  • Be enrolled at least three-quarter time as an undergraduate or half-time as a graduate student
  • Complete the Minnesota Indian Scholarship application

You should also complete the FAFSA and apply for tribal education funds.

Award Amount: Varies

The WSU Foundation Scholarship Committee awards scholarships to students who excel in both intellectual learning and personal character. The committee members wish to make an investment in individuals to help them achieve their goals.

The WSU Foundation awards over 900 scholarships each year that total more than $1.8 million.

How to Qualify: 

  • Complete the online applications for one or more Foundation scholarship.
  • Qualifying criteria varies and may include GPA, current major, year in program, career choice, hometown, volunteer experience, and more.
  • Some scholarships may require an essay or other materials. You can re-use an essay to apply for multiple scholarships.

Deadline for 2023-2024 Academic Year 

  • Current students: Feb. 15, 2023 at 11:59pm
  • First-year and transfer students: March 1, 2023 at 11:59pm

Please email wsuscholarships@winona.edu with any questions.

Each year, WSU students also receive thousands of dollars in scholarships from outside sources such as:

  • government agencies
  • professional organizations
  • civic groups
  • corporations
  • sororities and fraternities
  • foundations
  • religious groups
  • educational associations
  • military veterans/organizations

The WSU Course Catalog has an up-to-date list of outside scholarships.

Additionally, you can find scholarship directories at your public libraries, high school counselor offices, and the WSU Financial Aid Office.

Be sure to use these free resources to identify and apply for many national and state-wide scholarships.