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Scholarships and Promise Programs


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Every little bit helps.

Scholarships and grants can make a huge difference when it comes to your education.

There are numerous scholarships, grants and other aid programs offered federally and locally that may go unclaimed. Every little bit helps, so check with your college's financial aid office to see if there are scholarships for which you may be eligible.

Promise Programs

Promise programs allow students, who may not have otherwise been able to attend technical college because of low family income, to earn a degree tuition-free. These programs are funded privately through relationships our colleges have with local partners.

Here are the colleges currently offering Promise Programs

Chippewa Valley Technical College

Fox Valley Technical College

Gateway Technical College

Lakeshore Technical College

Madison College

Milwaukee Area Technical College

Moraine Park Technical College

Nicolet College

Northcentral Technical College

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

Northwood Technical College

Scholarship Opportunities

This is only a few of the scholarships offered statewide. Check with your college to discuss many other scholarship options.

Details and Repayment Requirements: Are you a full-time college student in the U.S.? Do you have a passion for raising awareness about the dangers associated with substance abuse and addiction?

If you answered “yes” to both questions, you’ll want to enter the Scholarship Contest. Three scholarships will be awarded to qualified college students who write the winning essays (for first, second, and third places).

By providing financial assistance to help pay for books, tuition, or daily expenses, we hope to encourage more students to get involved and become advocates who will raise awareness about the risks and dangers of addiction.

This scholarship is cyclical and awarded at the beginning of every Spring and Fall Semester unless otherwise noted. 

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Details and Repayment Requirements: Ascendium is working to change postsecondary and workforce training systems so that low-income learners have the same opportunities for academic and career success. To that end, we award exploration, validation and scaling grants in four focus areas that foster upward social mobility. Learn more

Beauty School Directory

Details and Repayment Requirements: The Beauty School Directory has compiled a list of scholarships that may be helpful for members of the LGBTQ+ Community to apply for if entering a cosmetology or related program. Learn More

CodeWizardsHQ Educational Scholarship

Details and Repayment Requirements: CodeWizardsHQ offers live, online coding classes for kids taught by developers with tech industry experience who use structured, comprehensive curriculums to help kids master programming skills in a fun, exploratory environment. The CodeWizardsHQ team pairs real-world coding tools with their proprietary coding platform and experienced teachers to make learning enjoyable for ages 8-18.

Eligibility: High school seniors and incoming college freshmen, 3.5 GPA or higher, Priority to STEM program applicants

Deadline: May 1, 2024

Application Requirements: Students must submit proof of eligibility (FAFSA, proof of income, or tax return), a recommendation letter, a 600-word statement of purpose, a resume, and an unofficial transcript—the option to submit a 2-minute video.

Contact information: Margaret Choi,
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Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation: CTE Need-based Scholarships

Details and Repayment Requirements: This CTE scholarship application is available year-round for students attending certificate training or other programs of less than 12 months, and 100 percent of eligible applicants receive aid. Applicants must: Be the child of a Marine, Navy Corpsmen, or Religious Program Specialist, who served with Marines; Have a GPA of 2.0 or higher; and Demonstrate financial need. Learn more

Oneida Higher Education (OHE) Scholarship

Details and Repayment Requirements: Applicants must be an enrolled member of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin, have a High School Diploma, HSED or GED, be accepted into an accredited vocational program, college or university recognized by the Department of Education within the United States, and must have a complete Oneida Higher Education student file prior to the end of the semester/term/courses. Learn More

Single Parent Scholarships: The Custody X Change Giving Fund

Details and Repayment Requirements: The Custody X Change Giving Fund awards three scholarships worldwide to single parents each year for undergraduate study. In order to qualify for the Custody X Change Single Parent Scholarship, you must have primary physical custody of one or more minor children, be enrolled full or part time as an undergraduate at an accredited college or university (which includes all 16 Wisconsin technical colleges) and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher or be a first-semester student. Learn more

UMOS National Farmworker Jobs Program

Details and Repayment Requirements: UMOS, a non-profit advocacy organization, provides programs and services which improve the employment, educational, health and housing opportunities of under-served populations. Learn more

Wisconsin Bakers Association - Hiller Scholarship

Details and Repayment Requirements: Applicants must be pursuing a certificate or degree (Master’s, Doctorate, Associate, Bachelor’s or diploma) in a baking/pastry arts-related field that prepares candidates for a retail baking profession. Learn more

Wisconsin Bankers Foundation Spring Scholarship

Details and Repayment Requirements: All applicants may plan to enroll on a full- or part-time basis, but must show proof of enrollment for a minimum of six (6) credits. Learn more