Scholarship Information

Scholarship Information

The Community Foundation was established in 1982 to support education. Due to the generosity of our donors, the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin awards over 175 scholarships to students every year for educational financial support.  Most of the scholarship funds have been established as endowments, so students will continue to benefit long after the donor’s lifetime.

2019 Scholarship Application Timeline

Applications available online: December 1st

Applications are Due: February 15th

Applicants Notified: Mid-Late April

Application Process

The application process is completed entirely online.  When you first visit our online application process you will need to create an account to continue.  You will then be asked to complete an online Eligibility Quiz which will help narrow down which applications you may qualify for.  Once you’ve completed one application, you can copy previous answers on subsequent applications. This makes the process of applying for multiple scholarships quick and easy.

The online system also provides an easy, electronic process for requesting your Letters of Recommendation.

Award Amounts

Scholarship awards vary in size from $50 to multi-year awards of up to $4000

Required Supporting Materials

1. Letters of Recommendation

Most scholarships ask for no more two recommendations, though some may specify who they should be from. Follow the instructions on the application carefully.

Ask early. Ask in person. Once you have their approval to provide a recommendation, verify the email address they want to use.  You will be required to submit their name and email in the application.

The person(s) providing a recommendation will receive an email generated by our scholarship software when you submit your application. The email will provide a link for them to submit their letters electronically.

2. Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from FAFSA or FAFSA4caster

FAFSA: You will need your parent’s and/or your most recently filed tax records. FAFSA forms may now be submitted anytime after October 1. Complete the FAFSA as early as possible to allow for processing and not risk missing the scholarship deadline. After you file, you should receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) within three days to three weeks.

FAFSA4caster: You can get an estimate of your EFC by using the FAFSA4caster. Remember, though, it’s just an estimate and you will still need to file the FAFSA if you want to apply for Federal Student Aid.

IMPORTANT: Create a PDF document only of the page from the SAR that shows the EFC.  File size restrictions apply, so please do not upload the entire SAR.

3. Transcript from your school Registrar

High School Students: Your transcript must include your senior year, fall semester grades.

College or Non-traditional Students: Submit your most recent college transcript, including the fall semester grades, if attended.

For questions or more information, contact the Community Foundation at (715) 342-4454 or email

Applying for Multiple Scholarships

You may apply for as many scholarships as you like, as long as you meet each scholarship’s criteria. After you submit your first application, you can choose to select the “Use Previous Answers” button at the top right of the screen to save time. Please note, some scholarships require supplemental material in addition to the general application questions. if those questions are not answered, the program will not allow you to submit the application.

*NOTE: Each scholarship may have its own eligibility requirements and criteria.

Please be sure to read the instructions throughout the application carefully. Be sure to answer each question, including non-required fields that are applicable to your situation.
Please note, once you submit your application, you cannot make changes.

Many scholarships are limited to residents of specific counties or graduates of specific high schools.

If you are a Non-Traditional Student and applying for a scholarship be sure to see the definition in the glossary section for more information as to whether or not you qualify.

As defined by: National Center for Education Statistics. “Nontraditional Undergraduates”

Scholarship Selection Process:

Every application is reviewed by members of the Community Foundation’s volunteer scholarship selection committees. The application is reviewed first for eligibility as the Community Foundation must adhere to the specific eligibility criteria established by scholarship fund donors. After review, scholarship applications are evaluated on an objective and competitive basis, considering academic and nonacademic factors such as financial need, leadership, community service, and special circumstances.

The Scholarship Coordinator(s) and/or the Scholarship Committee of the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin shall select the recipient(s), with final approval given by the Board of Directors during the granting process. The Community Foundation will also notify those applicants who were not selected for these awards.

We will be in touch by email with award notifications and any requests for follow up information. Please be sure to add to your safe mailing list so that you don’t miss any communication from us.

Determining Financial Need

Because financial need is an eligibility factor in many of our scholarships, the Community Foundation looked for an equitable way to request this information. All applicants are required to provide the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number calculated by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Some scholarships may require you to upload a document that verifies your EFC.

Award Announcement and Payment

Students will be notified of award status by May 1. If you are awarded a scholarship, you will be provided instructions via email. You will need to sign a scholarship agreement and provide verification of enrollment. Once we receive the required signatures and documentation, we schedule payment directly to the school of your choice.

Visit our Scholarship Application Page to find the scholarships that are available and to APPLY now!

Find Out More

For more information about our scholarships and the application process, please contact the Community Foundation office at 715-342-4454 or email:

For more Scholarship opportunities

Mid-State Technical College website for more details on available scholarships CLICK HERE

UWSP website for more details on available scholarships CLICK HERE

Online Colleges in Wisconsin Scholarship Listings  CLICK HERE

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Pacelli students please visit:

Pacelli website for more details on available scholarships

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Rosholt students please visit:

Rosholt High School website for more details on available scholarships

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SPASH students please visit:

SPASH website for more details on available scholarships *Please visit this page and click on the Financial Aid / Scholarship Info link

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Wautoma students please visit:

Wautoma High School website for more
details on available scholarships

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Wild Rose students please visit:

Wild Rose High School website for more
details on available scholarships