Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholarship Program

Invest in Wisconsin’s Best and Brightest

Since 1989, the Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholarship (WAES) program has provided annual scholarships of $2,250 to the top graduating students in Wisconsin’s high schools who enroll at any UW System school, state technical college or participating independent college.

How does it work?
  • You make an annual gift of $1,000 to establish a WAES scholarship in your name, which attracts matching dollars from additional state resources, doubling the value of your investment.  
  • You are paired with a particular scholarship recipient, who will have the opportunity to send you a personal note of thanks. 
  • You may also choose to establish an endowed WAES fund with a commitment of $25,000 over a five year period. This allows you to sponsor an outstanding student in perpetuity and be recognized as a leading contributor to academic excellence at UW-Eau Claire.

Help us keep the best and brightest students in Wisconsin, contributing to a healthy future for our state.

“Realistically, if not for the WAES scholarship, my decision to play soccer here would have been a difficult one. It has allowed me to balance my academic priorities with the time demands of representing UW-Eau Claire on the field without the stress of making monetary ends meet.”

Andrea Hull, Business Administration Major
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