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Gateway Technical College Foundation Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, Gateway Foundation offers more than 160 scholarships annually. There could be a scholarship for you. 

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DCF Youth in Out-of-Home Care Scholarship

The Department of Children and Families Scholarship Program awards scholarships up to $5,000 for youth who have been in out-of-home care for and are entering a degree, license or certificate program.


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Have been in out-of-home care (OHC) court ordered (Ch. 48 or 938) placement (kinship, foster home, group home or residential care center) and left OHC at age 18 or older;
  • Have been in OHC placement for at least six months after the age of 15 and went to Ch. 48 or 938 Guardianship or adoption after the age of 16.
  • Aged out of OHC placement in another state but has become a permanent resident of Wisconsin prior to attending a Wisconsin postsecondary institution.
  • Be accepted into a postsecondary institution (i.e., college, vocational or technical program) at the time the application is submitted.
  • Be age 20 or less, unless enrolled in a postsecondary program and receiving the DCF Scholarship on his / her 21st birthday, thus extending eligibility to the student’s 23rd birthday.
Minority Preferences: 
Foster Child/Ward of the State
Residency Requirement: 

Thumbtack School-To-Skills Scholarship 2016-2017

Thumbtack is an online marketplace that connects people with experienced local professionals to help them accomplish more than 5 million projects each year.

Thumbtack is transforming local services and empowering the small businesses and independent professionals that are the economic engines of our communities. We’re dedicated to their success and to building opportunities for more individuals to become independent professionals and entrepreneurs - as well as to helping consumers hire the best professionals for things they want to accomplish.

One step we’re taking to further this commitment is offering a $5,000 scholarship to individuals enrolling in or continuing to pursue education opportunities that enable them to:

  • Develop skills relevant to running a small service business
  • Master a trade that is currently offered on Thumbtack
  • Or improve and expand their knowledge of entrepreneurship

Whether you’re enrolling in school for the first time, continuing your ongoing education, or stepping back into the classroom for the first time in years, we want to hear your stories.

Eligibility Requirements are available on the Thumbtack scholarship page.

Application Process

  •  Submit an essay in English (no more than 500 words):
    • Share a story with us about how a small business owner or independent professional had an impact on you or someone you know
    • How do you envision using your education to start a small business or enable more individuals to start their own businesses and become independent professionals?
  • Submit your application and the finished essay at the Thumbtack School-To-Skills Scholarship application page.

One scholarship winner will be notified  by email  prior to March 1, 2016.

For more information visit the Thumbtack Scholarship terms and conditions page.

Full/Part Time: 
Full Time
Residency Requirement: 
Application Due By: 
Sunday, January 31, 2016

"40 ET 8" Nursing Training Program Scholarship

La Societe Des 40 Hommes et 8 Chevaux hopes to help a qualified student, and promote the nursing profession by awarding $60 dollars a month to an outstanding applicant. To qualify for consideration, the student must be a resident of Racine, or Kenosha Counties and entering his/her second, third, or fourth year of the Nursing Program.

The scholarship recipient will be selected on the basis of scholastic achievement, initiative in helping her/himself financially, and financial need.

Application Process

  • Download and complete the application
  • Include the required essay
    • 50 to 100 words that delineate any special academic achievements,personal accomplishments, career goals, and other considerations which demonstrate why you are an ideal recipient for this award.
  • Include an official copy of your transcript

Scholarship applications must be submitted to:

Tom Turner
1143 Stratford Crt.
Racine, WI 53406

If you have any questions, contact Tom Turner, at (262)994-0592.

GPA Requirement: 
Full/Part Time: 
Full Time
Residency Requirement: 
City of Kenosha
City of Racine
Kenosha County
Racine County

Mercyhealth Scholarship Program

Mercyhealth has a passion for making lives better and we take great pride in encouraging and supporting students who are pursuing a career health care.

We are excited to present the 2018 Mercyhealth Scholarship Application packet with information regarding Mercyhealth’s 20 scholarship opportunities for higher education in healthcare fields.


Mercyhealth Community Scholarship 

Seven - $2000 scholarships to graduating seniors or individuals already enrolled in College Programs in all Wisconsin and Illinois Mercyhealth service areas – five general healthcare careers and two specifically for nursing.


Mercyhealth Minority/Veteran Scholarship

Two - $2000 scholarships to minority or veteran individuals residing in all Wisconsin and Illinois Mercyhealth service areas pursing secondary education in a healthcare


Mercyhealth Ethnic Minority Nursing Scholarship

Three - $2000 ethnic Minority individuals pursing a nursing degree residing in all Wisconsin and Illinois Mercyhealth service areas.  Student must also be fluent in Spanish.


Mercyhealth Janesville Medical Staff

Six $1000 scholarships to graduating seniors in the following communities:  Janesville, Milton, Beloit, Whitewater, Edgerton, Walworth (Big Foot), Brodhead, Delavan, and Evansville


Mercyhealth Harvard Medical Staff

Two $1000 scholarships to graduating seniors at Harvard High School – one female, one male


In order to qualify for consideration, you must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and accepted into or are currently attending an Accredited 2 or (preferable) 4 year College or University.

Partners of Mercyhealth are eligible to apply for the Minority/Veteran and Ethnic Minority Nursing Scholarships.  Mercyhealth partners who receive these scholarships remain eligible for other types of education assistance from Mercyhealth. 

To avoid conflicts, scholarships will not be granted to candidates who are employed or attending competitive area hospitals programs.

Required documentation:

  1. A completed Mercyhealth Scholarship Application. Please fill in all blanks. 

“NA” may be entered in spaces that are not applicable. The application form must be received by February 8, 2019.

  1. Include your official High School or College transcript and your school Counselor signature.
  2. We require two letters of recommendation including one academic. Two letters of recommendation, one from an academic source and one from an extra-curricular source who knows the applicant well. 
  3. A 750 word essay discussing why you have chosen healthcare as a career, your goals for the future and how this scholarship will help you meet your goals. This is an opportunity for you to provide insight into your story and distinguish yourself from other applicants!

All scholarships applications must be received by February 8, 2019, without exception.  Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please DO NOT mail anything that should be sent with this application separate. Everything must be sent in and received together.  If anything is missing your application will be considered incomplete.

Mail completed applications and required documentation to:

Kelly Schmig, HR Business Partner Assistant
Mercyhealth Corporation
PO Box 5003
Janesville, WI  53547

If you have any additional questions, please contact Kelly Schmig at 608-314-2323 or

GPA Requirement: 
2.5 or higher
Full/Part Time: 
Full Time
Minority Preferences: 
African American
Asian American
Native American
Pacific Islander
Residency Requirement: 
Application Due By: 
Friday, February 8, 2019

COIT Design A Graphic For Emergency Stain Removal

This graphic design-centric scholarship asks you to create a graphic that explains your genius way to remove 1-3 kinds of stains from carpet, upholstery, or other surfaces. You might focus on the kinds of stain removal that are useful to students: how to get coffee out of carpet, how to get beer out of upholstery, etc.  It’s perfectly okay to feature only one kind of stain removal; you may feature up to three, but more is not necessarily better.  We will give extra attention to submissions with unusual stain removal tactics.  The most important criterion, though, is fantastic graphic design.The graphic should be easy to read and visually appealing—perhaps something a student would stick to their refrigerator, or a small infographic they might bookmark.  The size and shape of the graphic is up to you; it could be intended for web or print.  Ultimately, the goal is to make it appealing and useful. 

Checklist Submission Rules:

  1. Create a graphic for emergency stain removal.  It may be sent in any of the following formats: AI, EPS, GIF, JPG, PDF, PNG, PSD, SVG, TIF.  Do not send a Word document.(Tip: Microsoft Word is not intended for graphic design. If you aren’t sure what to use and still determined to apply, try downloading and learning GIMP, a free, open-source version of Photoshop.)
  2. Email it to us at by 11:59 pm PST, Aug 1, 2016.  The subject line should read: COIT Scholarship, and the body of the email should include the following information: Full Name, Google+ or Facebook username, address, phone, school name, date of birth, & parent/guardian name (if under 18). Finally hashtag your submission #coitscholarship on facebook.

Eligibility and Requirements:

  1. You must be enrolled in either an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited college or university in the USA or Canada. International students are welcome!
  2. Submission must be in by 11:59pm PST August 1, 2016.
  3. One submission per person.
  4. The winning submission will be featured on the COIT website and distributed across our social media, so that students everywhere can benefit from it!

The winning submission will be decided by COIT Services. We will announce the winner on August 15, 2016 on COIT's Google+ and other social media. For up to the minute information on the scholarship and other announcements by COIT, like us on Facebook follow us on Google+.

With over 65 years of experience COIT is one of the largest and most experienced CarpetAir Duct and UpholsteryCleaners in America. We offer carpet cleaning services accross the country with markets in San FranciscoSanta RosaSacramentoLos angelesSan DiegoSeattleHoustonPhoenixSalt Lake CityFort LauderdaleMinneapolisand more

Application Due By: 
Monday, August 1, 2016

Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association Scholarship

The Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association Scholarship  is available to any student who:

  • is – or who has a parent who is – an active shipping member of Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association;
  • has not previously received an Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association scholarship;
  • has completed two or more semesters at an accredited college or university, or completed at least one semester at a technical college; and
  • has a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, on a 4.0 scale.
GPA Requirement: 
3.0 or higher
Application Due By: 
Monday, November 28, 2016

MyHairWeb's Scholarship

  • One (1) $1,000 scholarships will be awarded
  • Application Deadlines: December 12th
  • 2016 awards will be announced on December 22th

The scholarship will be awarded to the student who submits the best essay on “Internet Marketing How to optimize the number of people actually accessing a website.”
Pre-requisites and Eligibility

The only requirement for candidates is their interest in pursuing a degree in Internet Marketing and the following basics:
• Candidate must be a citizen of the United States of America.
• Candidate must be either enrolled in a college or university in the US.
• Entry is 100% free for qualified candidates.

Residency Requirement: 
Application Due By: 
Monday, December 12, 2016

4WheelOnline's Scholarship Program

WheelOnline is giving away $2000 to help offset your college education costs!

  1. Create a photo of something that inspires you about the automotive industry and email it to You can edit your photo as you see fit. Maybe you added something cool to your car or maybe you work in automotive. Be creative!
    • Photos can be edited however you see fit
    • Photos must be relevant to what we are asking for
  2. Write an essay on something related to the automotive industry that brings you excitement.
    • Your essay must be a minimum of 300 words
    • It can be about the new developments in the automotive industry or your personal experience with your love for cars etc
Application Due By: 
Monday, May 1, 2017

Officer Craig Birkholz Scholarship In Police Science or Criminal Justice

The Birky Challenge Scholarship Team, Inc. awards an annual scholarship to graduates of a high school in Fond du Lac or Kenosha County high schools who are enrolled in a Wisconsin based college and pursing either a two-year or four-year degree in Police Science or Criminal Justice. Students enrolled at UW Oshkosh or any military veteran pursuing said degree are also eligible. Wearing Badge #67, Craig Birkholz was a City of Fond du Lac Police Officer who was killed in the line of duty on March 20, 2011. He was a military veteran, a good husband and a dedicated police officer who set an example of dedication to his job, commitment to good physical conditioning, using care & compassion carrying out his role as a police officer. The Birky Challenge Scholarship Team created a scholarship fund at the Fond du Lac Area Foundation that is supported by the Birky 67 Challenge, an annual charity bicycle ride of 67 miles, in an effort to provide the financial help needed to enter into a career as a police officer. It is hoped that this scholarship may help educate and prepare future police officers who can be as effective and as impactful in his/ her community as Craig was.


A $2500 scholarship will be awarded on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Personal qualifications 
  • Academic Excellence (3.0 GPA overall) 
  • Written statement of career goals in law enforcement 
  • Community involvement


  • Have graduated from an accredited high school in either Fond du Lac County or Kenosha County Wisconsin. Applicant can also be currently enrolled at UW Oshkosh, or be a military veteran enrolled in any college or technical school in the State of Wisconsin.
  • Completed 30 credit hours (if in a two year degree program) or 60 credit hours (if in a four year degree program) and proof of a 3.0 overall GPA
  • If notified as being a finalist, must participate in a face-to-face interview
  • Mail applications to: Fond du Lac Area Foundation c/o Birky Challenge Scholarship Team Committee 384 N. Main Street – Suite 4 Fond du Lac, WI 54935


All scholarship recipients will be notified by mail. Upon proof of continued enrollment, the scholarship check will be sent to the recipient, made payable jointly to the recipient and the college of their choice. Scholarship will be for tuition for a degree in Criminal Justice or towards Law Enforcement Recruit Academy

GPA Requirement: 
Application Due By: 
Sunday, April 15, 2018

Gateway Technical College Preschool Credential Learning Cohort Scholarship

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood - Wisconsin logoDescription:

Gateway Technical College in collaboration with the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association, on behalf of T.E.A.C.H Early Childhood Wisconsin, is offering a Learning Cohort Scholarship that will provide 20 eligible students the opportunity to earn the Preschool Credential with FREE tuition.  The goal of the scholarship is to improve teacher education and early education programs YoungStar ratings in the Southeastern WI area.

Learn more about the Preschool Credential: The Registry Preschool Credential


Students will earn this credential through participating in courses Fall 18 and Spring 19

Hybrid Delivery:

Courses are offered in a combination of face-to-face, accelerated online and practicum work.  Each participant will receive 6 hours of on-site coaching to help support their learning of the credential coursework content at his/her respective workplace.

Cohort Model:

Learn with your peers at a one evening seminar per month for 16 weeks.  Seminar includes coaching support, assisting participants with portfolio preparation, content review and understanding the site visit and commission process.

Online Courses start September 10th, 2018.

 2018-19 Required Preschool Credential Courses

Seminar will meet one Tuesday per month 6pm-9pm. Dates: 9/18, 10/16, 11/13, 12/11. Location TBA

Eligibility Requirements:

In order to be eligible individuals must:

  • Work at least 25 hours per week in a licensed group or family early care and education program. The program must be participating in the WI YoungStar program with a 2-3 star rating.
  • Have a diploma from an approved high school or have earned a GED.
  • Live and/or work in Wisconsin.


Apply online by August 27th, 2018

  • Participants can blend the free courses with T.E.A.C.H to receive funding towards school-related expenses including books, credential fees, travel, release time and a bonus of $400 from T.E.A.C.H and a $300 bonus or 2.00% raise from their sponsoring program of employment. Individuals interested in learning more about the T.E.A.C.H program can call WECA to learn more 608-725-1063 or 800-783-9322 x7263
Application Due By: 
Monday, August 27, 2018

The Foundation of WATDA Automobile Technician Scholarship


The Foundation of WATDA awards 70 to 90 scholarships per year to students attending Wisconsin Technical Colleges for the following technician program:

  • Automotive 
  • Diesel 
  • Auto Collision
  • Motorcycle

Tuition amounts vary and can be up to full tuition. Average tuition awards are $3,000 ($750 per semester for four semesters). Snap-on Tool sets may be awarded independently or in conjunction with tuition awards and have a retail value of $3,905. Students that are not already working in the automotive industry can receive employment assistance. The goal is to have all students working part-time while attending school to get on-the-job training and mentoring to enhance their education experience and graduate with a full-time job!


Go to: and click on the “Apply Online” button on our website, or click here. Supporting documentation will still need to be sent in by e-mail, fax or mail. See “2019 Full Scholarship Application Information” on our website, or click here for application requirements. High school seniors and current technical college students that are in their first year of a two-year program are encouraged to apply.

Application deadline is January 15, 2019. Only students with complete application files by the deadline will be invited for a personal interview at a hosting dealership in their area. The interview is for the scholarship only, not employment.

New this year: Online applications only will be accepted.

Evaluation Form: The instructor/employer scholarship evaluation form is a confidential online form. Just click “Automotive Instructor Scholarship Evaluation” on our website, or click here and submit your evaluation.

Important: No FAFSA or income information is required to apply for this scholarship.

Feel free to call or e-mail if you have any questions.


Julie Lynn Olson

Program Director


GPA Requirement: 
Application Due By: 
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Wisconsin Restaurant Association Scholarships

Hospitality Industry Scholarships / WRA

The WRA Education Foundation awards over $40,000 in scholarships annually based on future plans in foodservice, academic records and recommendations. Winners are recognized at the annual Celebration of Excellence. Funding is provided by the Foundation’s Endowment Fund.

Complete Scholarship Form

Minimum qualifications for WRA Education Foundation scholarships are:

  • Accepted at a nationally accredited, post-secondary school, enrolled with a minimum of 6 credits
  • Completed application that includes employer or instructor recommendations and school transcripts

Application Deadline: April 1, 2019
No hand-written applications will be accepted.

For more information, contact:

Stacy Leverenz | Education Foundation, Program Coordinator

Application Due By: 
Monday, April 1, 2019