CollegeReady offers financial assistance to high school graduates in pursuit of an undergraduate degree. Students must attend a fully-accredited 2-year/technical college, traditional college or university in the United States and carry full-time student status with a course load of 12 credits or more per semester. All of our scholarships and Partner Scholarships are applicable to a student’s first year in college, and some awards may be renewable.
Scroll down on this page to learn about our eligibility, application process, and helpful FAQ’s & tutorials.
You can find more detail about the specific scholarships we award on our Scholarship Opportunities page.
Interested applicants can use this guide to learn if their intended college/university is eligible for our funding.
Students complete JUST ONE online application to be considered for a number of scholarship opportunities.
Applicants who are headed for a 2-year/technical college or a 4-year college/university complete the same application.
I’m not a Wisconsin student. Am I eligible to apply for your scholarships?: Regrettably, no. Our scholarships are only for students attending high school in Northeast Wisconsin. Learn all about who is eligible to apply for our scholarships by clicking on the ‘Eligibility’ tab above.
Are your scholarships available for graduate studies?: No. CollegeReady scholarships are for full-time undergraduate students taking a minimum of 12 credits each semester at a fully-accredited college/university in the United States. But you may find a scholarship that’s a fit for you on this list of other resources – click here.
I’m already in college. Can I apply for your scholarships? The vast majority of our scholarships for current college students are only for students who received a scholarship from us the previous year.
The two exceptions are for Door County residents studying Diesel Mechanics, or for college students who are employed by the Green Bay Packers Pro Shop – if either are a match for you, please complete our Renewal Application.
Does your application require essays?: Yes, applicants must write two essays to be considered for our process. Download our essays for high school students here: (2024 essays coming soon)
Do I have to pay to apply for your scholarships: Absolutely not! You should NEVER pay to apply for scholarships or FAFSA. If you ever have concerns about the validity of a scholarship or other financial aid, ask your school counselor!
How do I get started filing my FAFSA?: FAFSA – the Free Application for Federal Student Aid – is a required part of our scholarship application process, so you’ll need to complete yours before you can begin a CollegeReady scholarship application. You can’t apply if you choose not to complete a FAFSA!
Learn all about it and file yours here: fafsa.ed.gov
Talk to your school counselor if you have specific questions on completing your FAFSA, or if you are not eligible to submit a FAFSA.
I don’t have a resume yet, where do I begin?: There are lots of free resources online that can help you write a great resume. We suggest downloading one of Google’s easy-to-use resume Google Docs templates. Find the template style that you like, download it, and fill in your personalized information. Here’s an article with instructions to get you started! https://resumegenius.com/resume-templates/google-docs-resume-templates
Your CollegeReady resume should include these key sections:
I filled out the General Application, and am not eligible for any of your scholarships. What now?: We’ve compiled a list of other resources that can aid you in your scholarship search. Don’t forget to inquire with your high school counselor/student services office (they probably have a list of available scholarship opportunities), and check with your intended college/university’s financial aid office (they have scholarships just for students attending your school!). And click here to check out our big list of scholarships & resources offered by other organizations.
How can I make sure my application is submitted correctly?: Here is a quick checklist for your CollegeReady application: