Scholarships are monetary gifts from community, private, and campus sources and are usually based on academic merit or some other criteria. Some scholarships also require verification of financial need. Therefore, all scholarship applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Campus foundations, local businesses, and other sources provide scholarships for students at the University. No repayment of scholarships is required.

Contact your high school counselor and/or the UW-Manitowoc Solution Center for scholarship information.

Through the generous support of the UW-Manitowoc Foundation, Inc., area civic organizations, businesses, faculty and staff and individuals committed to higher education, there are many scholarships available to qualified UW-Manitowoc students in a variety of categories. Listed below are some of the scholarships available along with a few of the qualifications. A completed application form and a short autobiography is required for most scholarships and must be submitted by deadline on application.

Scholarship Application

New Freshman Scholarship Application

Continuing Student Scholarship Application

Continuing Student Scholarship List

New Adult Students

Hooper Scholarship

UW-Manitowoc has scholarships available for new adult students. The scholarships are being made possible from a generous donation from the Hooper Foundation to the UW-Manitowoc Foundation, Inc.

$1,500 scholarships are available for NEW adult students who apply for admission. Scholarship applicants must be 22 years of age or older and be a new incoming student who has not yet applied to UW-Manitowoc. Students who have left UW-Manitowoc for a period of time may also qualify. Preference will be given to students with a 2.75 GPA from either high school or college ortechnical college academic coursework (non-GPA history will also be considered). Applicants must complete a UW admission application (, and a Financial Aid Application ( so that financial need can be determined.

Applications for scholarships are due August 25, 2017. Applicants are encouraged to call 683-4707, or visit the UW-Manitowoc Solution Center with questions or for assistance in completing any of the scholarship components.

New Freshman Scholarships

UW-Manitowoc Foundation Scholarships

Awarded to incoming students graduating from eligible high schools.

E.T. Nachimuthu Endowed Scholarship

Given to a High School student with a minimum GPA of 3.5 and is based on admissions test scores.  Recipient continues to receive the scholarship until the end of their sophomore year at UW-Manitowoc as long as they maintain a 3.0 GPA every semester.  New recipient to be chosen every other year unless student leaves UW-Manitowoc or does not maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Continuing Student Scholarships

UW-Manitowoc Foundation, Inc. Scholarships

Awarded to continuing students based primarily on academic excellence with a minimum 3.0 GPA. (Awarded in 2 installments)

Hooper Scholarships for Continuing Students

Scholarships are available to continuing adult students (defined as age 22 or older). Recipients will be selected from those who complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application available from the Solution Center.

In addition, scholarships are available for students (no age requirement) who demonstrate excellence in the areas of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, Leadership, Theater, or Environmental Studies.

Noon Rotary Club of Manitowoc Scholarship

Given to a student in good standing who will be, or is now, enrolled in an accredited Manitowoc County post high school education program.  The student must demonstrate commitment to the Rotary tenets of service, have high ethical standards, and advancement of understanding, good will and peace.  3.0 GPA.

Sunrise Rotary Club of Manitowoc

Given to a student enrolled either full-time or part-time at UW-Manitowoc, Silver Lake College or Lakeshore Technical Institute.  3.0 GPA. Must be a continuing UW-Manitowoc student for the following semester.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

Given to a continuing student at UW-Manitowoc who is Full-time with a 3.3 GPA and twenty-four (24) earned credits at the end of spring term.

Adam Steel Family Scholarship Fund of Lakeshore Community Foundation for Nursing, Health Care, or Medical Technology

To be eligible, a student must have completed a minimum of one (1) semester at UW-Manitowoc and have a minimum GPA of at leas a 3.0.  The applicant must also reside in Manitowoc County.

Historical Construction Equipment Association Engineering Scholarship

Given to a new or enrolled full-time student at UW-Manitowoc who intends to pursue a degree in Engineering.  3.0 GPA.  Must be enrolled in either a science (preferably physics) or math course each semester while in attendance at UW-Manitowoc.  Renewable depending on availability.  Amount to be decided by the Foundation of UW-Manitowoc. 

Service League

Applicant must provide a record of community service to non-profit organizations.

Catherine Helgeland Memorial Scholarship

Recipient must be a continuing UW-Manitowoc student that has completed at least two courses in the department with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.  Student must be planning to major in Geography, Geology, or a related field.  If there is not a qualifying current student, scholarship my be given to a qualifying transferring student.

Transferring Student Scholarships

Eugene Wilda/Leroy Purchatzke Memorial Award

Given to a sophomore majoring in science, mathematics, physics, biology or engineering.  Selected by respective departments.

UW-Madison Alumni Scholarship

Awarded to a student tranferring to UW-Madison with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Selection is based primarily on academic performance.

UW-Green Bay Leadership & Academic Excellence Scholarship

Awarded to a full-time student tranferring to UW-Green Bay who has demonstrated leadership skills.

UW-Oshkosh Scholarship

Awarded to two students transferring to UW-Oshkosh with a minimum 3.3 GPA.

Marquette University Scholarship

Given to a full-time student transferring to Marquette.  3.25 cumulative GPA.  Can apply for either fall term (April deadline) or spring term (November deadline).  Recommendation required (see the Solution Center).


External Scholarships

Manitowoc Golden K Kiwanis Scholarship

The Manitowoc Golden K Kiwanis is offering a $500 scholarship to one student attending UW-Manitowoc, Silver Lake College, or Lakeshore Technical College during the 2017-2018 school year.  The application can be downloaded here.  Applications are due April 1, 2017.

Scholarships for Women

There are many scholrships available exclusively for women.  They are all conveniently listed one place.  These scholarships include those for: business, finance, teaching, nursing, minorities, single mothers, veterans, and more.  The list of scholarships can be found at

Wisconsin Laboratory Association

The Wisconsin Laboratory Association is offering two $1,000 scholarships for the 2017-2018 school year.  Full requirements and application can be found here.  Applications are due March 31, 2017.

Transfer Times

Transfer Times is the Midwest's leading resource for two-year college students looking to transfer to a four-year unisversity.  Transfer Times is sponsoring a $6,000 scholarship.  The application can be found at  The application deadline is May 1, 2017.

Wisconsin Counties Solid Waste Management Association (WCSWMA)

The Wisconsin Counties Solid Waste Management Association (WCSWMA) is an Internal Revenue Service 501(c)3 non-profit with a mission focused on environmental education, solid waste management, recycling, environmental engineering and the environmental sciences. In order to achieve its mission, WCSWMA has develop a scholarship program for university students majoring in fields related to the noted fields. Scholarships are open to junior, senior and post-graduate level students, with declared majors and enrolled at accredited Wisconsin universities or colleges.

Annually WCSWMA provides up to two (2) scholarships of $2,000 each. Scholarships may be used to offset the cost of credit courses, books, laboratory supplies, computer supplies, electronic devices and living expenses.

Qualified Students are those students currently enrolled full-time at an accredited Wisconsin university or college and are entering their junior or senior undergraduate year or working on a graduate degree. Degree areas for consideration as a part of this scholarship are environmental education, recycling, waste management, environmental engineering, the environmental sciences, public administration or a related field or other degree areas with a demonstrated interest in a career in waste resource management industry.

Information, instructions, and the application can be found here.  Applications are due May 16, 2017.

Manitowoc Garden Club, Inc.

One $250 scholarship.  This scholarship is open to all high school, undergraduate, or technical school students who are residents of Manitowoc County.  Applicants must be full-time and be in field of horticulture, botany, or related fields.  Information, instructions, and the application can be found here.  Applications are due April 19, 2017.

Veterans Scholarships

Low VA Rates

Low VA Rates offers an annual $2,500 college scholarship to one deserving military student. Semiannual payments of $1,250 are given during the fall and winter semesters. Low VA Rates is currently accepting scholarship applications for the 2017 academic year.