Find rewards for your achievements

Scholarships are merit-based or need-based monetary awards that do not need to be repaid. The amount of scholarships can vary from paying a portion of your tuition up to full tuition and fees. All scholarship applicants must first apply and be admitted to UW-Platteville. Be sure to carefully review the details for each scholarship opportunity, as application requirements and deadlines vary, and contact our Financial Aid Office with any questions.

Scholarship opportunities are available for new freshman, transfer, and continuing students and are offered at our campuses at Platteville, Baraboo Sauk County, and Richland. Please view scholarship details for each campus, as applications and deadlines vary. 

Pioneer Pledge

The Pioneer Pledge program will cover the cost of tuition and fees (not including room and board) for all new freshmen who are Pell eligible. 


  • Be a new freshman admitted to UW-Platteville (branch campuses are not eligible) by May 1
  • Submit a FAFSA and be Pell eligible
  • Be a resident of Wisconsin for tuition purposes
  • Enroll as a full-time student in the Fall 2020

General renewal criteria will include: remain in good academic standing, successfully complete 30 credits per academic year, and remain Pell eligible.  Students who meet the renewal criteria will remain eligible for the program for up to eight consecutive semesters.

New Freshman Scholarships

The following scholarships are available for new freshmen at UW-Platteville. All scholarship applicants must first apply and be admitted to UW-Platteville.

  • Merit Scholarship* (Deadline: Ongoing)
    • Students with a minimum composite score of 23 ACT or 1230 SAT will automatically be awarded a merit scholarship upon admission to the university.
      • ACT 23-31 or SAT 1230-1410: $1,000 merit scholarship
      • ACT 32+ or SAT 1420+: $2,000 merit scholarship
  • Chancellor Scholarship (Deadline: Dec. 31)
    • The Chancellor Scholarship is a highly competitive scholarship for students with a demonstrated commitment to education and leadership. Limited to 10 awards annually, this scholarship funds up to full tuition and fees. 
  • New Freshman Scholarships (Deadline: Feb. 1)
    • New Freshman Scholarships are a series of general university and specific college/major scholarships. Students must apply and be admitted to UW-Platteville by Jan. 15 to receive details and application instructions. 
  • Alumni Legacy Award Scholarship (Deadline: Feb. 1)
    • The Alumni Legacy Award Scholarship is offered to new freshmen who have had a member of their immediate family (parent, step-parent, legal guardian, sibling, or grandparent) graduate from UW-Platteville. 
  • Non-Resident Scholarship*^ (Deadline: Ongoing)
    • Students classified as non-resident for tuition purposes with a minimum composite score of 22 ACT or 1110 SAT will automatically be awarded a non-resident scholarship upon admission to the university. 
      • ACT 22-25 or SAT 1110-1220: $2,500 non-resident scholarship
      • ACT 26+ or SAT 1230+: $3,500 non-resident scholarship

* Recipients of automatic scholarship awards are also eligible to apply for additional scholarships.
Non-resident includes states other than Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Residents of Illinois and Iowa are reviewed for Tri-State Initiative eligibility. Residents of Minnesota are eligible to receive the reciprocity tuition rate.