Merit Scholarship Funding Increase Approved — Report

Wednesday, Feb 23, 2022

Merit Scholarships

A growing group of talented students will benefit from a 43% increase in annual funding for the Merit Scholarship program funded by the UW Wausau Campus Foundation.

In the 2020-21 school year, the Foundation began funding a new Merit Scholarship program to encourage high-achieving students to attend our campus. The Foundation renewed an initial commitment of $28,000 for the current school year. Then, last month, the Foundation board approved an expanded annual allocation of $40,000, beginning with the 2022-23 academic year.

Prospective incoming students are offered $1,000 or $1,500 Merit Scholarships at the time of admission by the UWSP at Wausau Campus Executive. Students who formally accept the scholarship then receive it in the following school year along with any other scholarships they have earned.

“We’re so thankful for the expanded support from our Wausau Campus foundation,” said Ann Herda-Rapp, the UWSP at Wausau campus executive. “These Merit Scholarships have been an important recruiting tool as they allow us to shape, at the time of application, a high-achieving student’s decision to attend our campus. Students have many college options. With these scholarships we can demonstrate that not only is UWSP-Wausau their best choice in terms of quality, we’re also their best financial choice.”

Merit Scholarships are among the latest features of a multi-faceted annual $200,000 scholarship program the Foundation funds to support Wausau campus students.