Richland Promise scholarship increases to $1,200 per year

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The dramatically expanded commitment from the Richland County Campus Foundation covers 21% of in-state tuition for every new freshman student.

The Richland Promise scholarship guarantee has been raised to $1,200 after a vote by the board of the Richland County Campus Foundation. All incoming new freshmen at UW-Platteville Richland who fill out a simple scholarship application will now be guaranteed at least $600 per semester, according to the Foundation’s Executive Director Darlo Wentz.  

"In these challenging times, we wanted to offer an even fuller commitment to Richland students and their families, and we're grateful to our many donors and other supporters for making that possible," said Wentz.

The Richland Promise Scholarship Program was started in 2019, in order to lower the cost of attending the campus for incoming new freshman students. Academic Advisor Stephanie Joyce, who also works with the Foundation on its scholarship programs, said that the initial $250 per semester minimum has helped multiple students enrolled at the campus, and she is grateful that the Foundation decided to increase their pledge.  

“It’s been wonderful to see students reducing their costs thanks to the Richland Promise, and I am sure this big increase in aid will help draw even more students in,” said Joyce. “$600 per semester covers over 20% of the full state resident tuition at Richland. It’s really a remarkable commitment.” 

All freshmen students who enroll will be directed to the Foundation’s online scholarship application, and each is then connected to the scholarship programs that best fit their goals and achievements. The $1,200 guarantee remains a floor.  

“Students continue to be eligible for other scholarships, and the Foundation wants as many students as possible to apply,” said Joyce. 

While there is an application period in the spring for returning students, every newly enrolled student can apply whenever they decide to attend. “I’ll make sure each student takes them up on the chance to sign up,” said Joyce.

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