Private/Outside Scholarships

The Office of Financial Aid receives notifications of scholarships offered by local, regional and national organizations.  We encourage you to check often to view the most current listings. 

These scholarships are private scholarships that are not affiliated with the University of Wisconsin – Platteville. Although we post the application and/or contact information we receive for these outside private scholarships, that does not constitute an endorsement. We encourage you to check often to view scholarships we are notified about.  At this time, we do not have any scholarships to list.


Scholarship Scams and Warning Signs

Students and parents should be careful when searching for scholarships on the Web. Please note that you should never have to pay to search for or to receive scholarships! The following are some common fraud warning signs to notice when searching for Private Scholarships

  • The application is requesting a bank account/credit card information or a fee to apply
  • The scholarship is guaranteed or your money back
  • You’re a finalist in a contest you never entered
  • You’ve been selected by a National Foundation to a receive a scholarship
  • Incomplete contact information (missing phone number or a PO Box address)

We encourage all students and parents to learn more from the Federal Trade Commission about common Scholarship Scams.   By becoming aware of the strategies and techniques used, you can learn how to protect yourself and identify potential pitfalls during your scholarship search.

local searches

  • Local Businesses
  • Employers
  • Government Agencies
  • Churches
  • Other non-profit organizations

Online Searches


  • Start your search early
  • Watch Deadlines
  • Follow directions on each application
  • Be accurate every detail (spelling, grammar, etc.)
  • PROOFREAD before submitting the application. 
  • Avoid waiting until the last day to complete the application

Essay Tips for your Scholarship Application

  • Family Background and Financial Need
    •  How has your family background affected the way you see the world?
    •  How has your education contributed to who you are today?
    •  From a financial standpoint, what impact would this scholarship have on your education?
    •  State any special personal or family circumstances affecting your need for financial assistance.
    •  How have you been financing your college education?
  • Leadership Activities
    • Describe how you have demonstrated leadership ability both in and out of school.
    • Discuss a special attribute or accomplishment that sets you apart.
  • Community Service
    • How have you been involved within your community?
    • What special event have you been involved with and what did you learn from that event.
  • Future Goals
    • Briefly describe your long- and short-term goals.
    • Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
    • Why do you want to get a college education?
  • Additional Information
    • Anything that you feel has not been addressed that the scholarship committee should know about you.  Include work experiences and why you should be chosen for a scholarship.