MENOMONIE — A new scholarship program will provide between $1,000 and $3,000 to UW-Stout freshmen who attain certain standardized test scores and grade point averages.
The Blue Devil Guarantee will be offered to the majority of freshmen students starting with the 2019-20 school year.
“The goal of the Blue Devil Guarantee is focused on increasing college affordability,” said Aaron Aure, executive director of enrollment and recruitment services.
The $1,000 Promising Scholarship is for students with an ACT score of 22-23 or 1,100-1,150 SAT score, and a 3.0 GPA.
The $2,000 Polytechnic Scholarship requires a 24-26 ACT score or 1,160-1,250 SAT score and 3.33 GPA.
The $3,000 Chancellor’s Scholarship requires a 27 or above ACT score or 1,260 or above SAT score and 3.67 GPA.
The guarantee aspect of the award means if students are admitted and meet the criteria they automatically qualify. They will not have to apply for the award.
The scholarships are renewable for a second year if a full-time student is able to maintain a 3.0 GPA at Stout.
The aim of this scholarship is to make a UW-Stout degree more affordable for students and families, which could also increase enrollment. The university’s annual goal is to attract 1,500 freshmen, Aure said. This program should be able to assist more than half of the incoming freshmen, he said.
At the start of this semester, Chancellor Bob Meyer emphasized growing enrollment at the university. He said last week that the university is facing its second year of declining enrollment. UW-Stout’s numbers are expected to be down 6 percent compared with last school year.
Current enrollment totals are not available until the end of the month. Enrollment was 9,535 in fall 2015, then 9,619 in fall 2016 and down to 9,401 a year ago.
Meyer said the scholarships are a major new reason for students to attend the university.
“We want to do everything we can to make attending UW-Stout affordable, and this new guaranteed scholarship program is an important piece of that effort,” Meyer said.
Students who receive the Blue Devil Guarantee can still apply for additional scholarships through the university. Applications are open for the 2019-20 school year. To be eligible for the scholarships students must be admitted to UW-Stout by Feb. 4.
UW-Eau Claire has an automatic scholarship program that offers a $1,000 Freshman Honors Guarantee that requires incoming freshmen to score at least 28 on the ACT, get a 1,300 SAT score and maintain a 3.95 or higher GPA. The university also offers renewable scholarships.
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