University increases scholarship outreach to prospective students
January 4, 2017
Officials at University of Wisconsin-Stout,
to help more students achieve the dream of graduating from college, are
increasing their efforts to ensure that all students know scholarships are
available — some without even needing to fill out a scholarship application form.
“I’ve always said that the most money I
ever made per hour was the time I spent filling out scholarship applications
when I was a student,” said Chancellor Bob Meyer, who attended UW-Stout as an
undergraduate in the 1970s. Meyer remembers averaging about $1,000 a year in
scholarships, which were incredibly important in helping him pay for his
education, he said.
In fact, he said, the university still
offers two of the scholarships he remembers receiving: the Goodman Family
Endowed Scholarship and the Hansen Family Scholarship.
However, Meyer and other officials said the
university now offers scholarships based on academic criteria, and students can
receive them without having to submit an application form to Stout University Foundation.
“A lot of funding assistance is available,”
said Joel Helms, director of Admissions. “There are some great opportunities
For example, the Chancellor’s Scholarship
goes to every student in the top 10 percent of their graduating class with an ACT
score of 26 or higher. Students receive $3,000 their first year of college and $1,500
their second year if they maintain a 3.0 grade point average and complete 30
credits by the end of their freshman year. In fall 2016, 73 students received these
Furthermore, the Polytechnic Scholarship is
awarded to students in the top 30 percent of their graduating class who have an
ACT of 23 or higher. The award is $1,000 for the first year. In fall 2016, 131
students received the Polytechnic Scholarship.
For both awards, students must be admitted
by the first Monday in February, and any updated credentials must be received
no later than March 15, 2017.
A relatively new offering is the Stout
Scholars Award, which recognizes incoming freshmen with a 26 or better ACT
score and who rank in the top 10 percent of their graduating class. An
interview process is involved with this scholarship, which is for $5,000 a
year, renewable for an additional three years. Support for the Stout Scholars
Award comes from a variety of sources at Stout University Foundation. Three new
freshmen received the award this year, along with students who renewed
“The university really has stepped up and
tried to meet the need for more scholarship assistance,” said Mark Parsons,
vice chancellor for Advancement and University Marketing, adding that more
students should take advantage of what is being offered.
In 2016-17 only 529 incoming freshmen
completed a foundation scholarship application form, about a third of the total
number of new freshmen who enrolled, Parsons said.
Parsons and Helms said many people probably
aren’t aware that UW-Stout offers other scholarships that essentially pay for
the entire cost of an undergraduate education.
The Rath Foundation Academic Scholarship
pays the entire cost of resident tuition and fees, housing and a meal plan. For
2016-17, five students are receiving this scholarship, which had a value of
just over $16,000 a year.Engineering
students are eligible, and there are GPA criteria as well. The award is renewable
for three more years.
The Dwight and Linda Nyhus Davis Endowed
Scholarship is intended to help UW-Stout students complete their education
without significant debt. The scholarship requires an interview. The annual
award is $5,000 and renewable for three more years.
One student a year with financial need is
eligible for the Charles and Carolyn Blain Mowbray Endowed Scholarship, which
also requires an interview, is $8,000 a year and renewable for an additional
three years. The Brian K. Gundlach Memorial Scholarship is for juniors or
seniors and pays for resident tuition and fees.
Parsons and Helms said other significant
scholarships are available for students in various majors: plastics
engineering, packaging, business administration, manufacturing engineering, art
and design, food and nutrition, and supply chain management, to name a few.
“This is a lot of money that does not have
to be repaid,” Helms said.
The scholarship application deadline is Monday,
Feb. 6. A list of scholarships is available here.
Top: UW-Stout student Francis Barriga, right, hugs
scholarship donor Jillian Obarski at a 2015 scholarship reception at UW-Stout.
Second: Bob Meyer
Third: Mark Parsons
Bottom: Joel Helms