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Scholarships and other Resources

Governmental Funding Sources

Brighter Star funds Formerly known as the DCF Scholarship, Brighter Star funds are part of Wisconsin’s independent living program and are available to support the postsecondary costs for individuals with foster care experience. This includes educational and training programs. The Department of Children and Families (DCF) oversees Brighter Star and contracted partners administer funds to qualifying individuals.

Higher Educational Aids Board

Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

FTC Consumer Alert

Scholarship and Financial Aid Scams


Try these websites for more information about scholarships, financial aid, and more.

College Navigator A college finder from the National Center for Education Statistics.

UNCF “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® For more than seven decades, this has been the principle that has led UNCF to be the nation's leading advocate for the importance of minority education and community engagement.

Life Impact Program Assists disadvantaged parents in their efforts to attain a higher education.

College contacts for students with disabilities

College Greenlight Connects first-generation and underrepresented students to caring colleges, generous scholarships, and life-changing counselors and mentors.

Petersons Provides information about the school you are considering attending, tips and strategies for test preparation, information about student loans, researching universities, and information on what college life.

College Board Provides information about career paths and college majors.

College Scorecard An online tool for consumers to compare the cost and value of higher education institutions in the United States. It displays data in five areas: cost, graduation rate, employment rate, average amount borrowed, and loan default rate.

College Scholarships For students of all ages, College Scholarship's goal is to make it as easy as possible to pursue post-secondary education by finding money for college as well as learning about the entire financial aid process.

FinAid Comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools. Help for current and soon-to-be college students on the complexity of the admissions and financial-aid process.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund provides scholarships and support services to Hispanic/Latinx students that are a US citizen, permanent legal resident, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA), or an eligible non-citizen (as defined by Federal Student Aid).

UW Help  Assistance maneuvering through the University of Wisconsin system for students of all ages.

UNIGO College search, scholarship search, statistics, and reviews.

Grants & Scholarships

Alverno Scholarships Applications available now for 2021.

American Foreign Service Association Various deadlines. Available to families that are member to the American Foreign Service Assocation and parents or guardians are/were an employee(s) of the Foreign Service.

BigFuture Deadlines vary.

Breakthrough Junior Challenge STEM video contest To qualify, create a short (under three minutes) video explaining a challenging concept in physics, mathematics, or the life sciences in an engaging, illuminating, and creative way. If you win, you’ll receive a $250,000 college scholarship, your teacher will receive a $50,000 prize, and your school will get a new $100,000 science lab.

Bucky's Tuition Promise The program guarantees scholarships and grants to pay for tuition and segregated fees for students whose household adjusted gross income (AGI) is $60,000 or less. Incoming freshmen will receive eight (8) consecutive semesters (4 years) of free tuition and segregated fees and transfer students will receive four (4) semesters (2 years).

Cardinal Stritch Scholarships Deadlines vary.

The Elks National Foundation Scholarships and Grants Deadlines vary.

Financial Aid and Scholarships For students with learning disabilities and/or ADHD.

High School Heisman Scholarship opportunity availble to public and private high school student athletes.

Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards One-time grant that can be used to fund a student's college education.

Jack Cooke Kent Foundation Offers a Young Scholars Program scholarship for students in grade 7, and also a senior scholarship that totals up to $40,000 per year.

Marine Credit Union Scholarship Programs

Noel Compass Scholarship Minority students planning to attend UW-Stevens Point that are currently attending specific high schools in Milwaukee and Kenosha must be nominated by a high school teacher or guidance counselor for this scholarship. The scholarship program provides full college expenses and an opportunity to gain a valuable education and work experience.

Raise Me Micro-Scholarships Get scholarships from colleges for your achievements in high school.

STEM Scholarships opportunities from the Department of Defense (DoD) to support students pursuing technical degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

UW Madison Scholarships Deadlines vary.

UW-Milwaukee Alumni Association Scholarships Deadlines vary.

For questions about this information, contact Alisia Marquez (414) 227-4763