Establish a Student Scholarship

More students of strong academic standing are seeking financial support to advance themselves and their communities through academic scholarships. Most UW-Parkside students work more than 20 hours a week to pay for their education. The single best way to increase student success is by providing scholarships that help reduce the amount of hours students must work off campus.

Scholarships enable students to devote more time to internships, student government and other organizations, as well as study-abroad opportunities – all of which are critical to a successful and broad-based learning experience. If you are interested in establishing scholarship, the first step is to determine whether you would like to establish an "endowed" scholarship or an "annual" scholarship:

Endowed Scholarships

Endowed scholarship funds are designed to be permanent and perpetual. Funds are contributed in full at the outset or with an initial commitment that is added to over time until the endowment level is attained. The principal of the fund is invested to produce income, and an annual award is made to a student. The principal remains untouched, so the endowment can last into perpetuity.

Annual Scholarships

Annual scholarships are an opportunity to give a yearly gift UW-Parkside and sustain our scholarship program. Unlike an endowed scholarship described above, an annual scholarship is not a permanent fund and is awarded only as long you (or others) choose to contribute to the fund.

May I Have Input Into the Selection of a Recipient?

Scholarship donors may specify criteria/guidelines to be used for the selection of a recipient. University representatives will use those criteria during the selection process.

Establishing Criteria

The donor and the development officer establish guidelines for both endowed and annual scholarships. This is based on the donor's interest and university/student needs.

Scholarship Criteria Discussion Points & Information 
  • What is the exact name you wish the scholarship to have?
  • The Awards and Ceremonies Committee is responsible for selecting recipients for scholarships.
  • Grade point average requirements:2.5 is the minimum allowed; 3.0 - 3.4 is the norm; 3.5+ is designated for those scholarships that carry the greatest prestige.
  • Awards can be made for entering or continuing students.
  • Scholarships can be automatically renewed, given as a one-time award or require a new application each year.
  • Scholarships can be restricted or preference may be given for certain areas.
  • To make the broadest use of scholarship resources to attract the best students possible, it is suggested that residency requirements be left open.

For further details about establishing a scholarship, contact University Relations and Advancement at (262) 595-2404 or by email at

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