Apply for a Scholarship

Fox River Scholarship Center

The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships annually. We partner with several area school districts to administer scholarship funds, including public and private schools, in Green Lake, Neenah, Oshkosh, Omro, Princeton, Ripon, Wautoma and Winneconne.

The Fox River Scholarship Center is the most complete online source for scholarships available to students in  Winnebago, Green Lake and Waushara Counties, and the city of Ripon in Fond du Lac County. This site also serves students from other regions of the United States, if their parents work for certain employers based in the Oshkosh, Wisconsin area. Click HERE for the scholarship application, deadline, and awards timeline.

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Search for Scholarships as Easy as 1,2,3

  • STEP 1

    Complete a short online “interview” about your background and plans.

  • STEP 2

    Review matching scholarships and refine your interview entries if you want.

  • STEP 3

    Add scholarships to your “basket”.

  • STEP 4

    Use your basket to find application instructions, deadlines, and application forms.


Helpful Tips for Writing a Successful Scholarship Essay

1. Start with a great introduction

Scholarship committees read hundreds of essays per year. Start yours with a great introduction to make the reader want to keep on reading. A great quote by a famous person or an opening sentence related to your personal story always helps.

2. Stay within theme topic provided

Some scholarship applications give a required topic; if a topic is given it is important to address that topic.

3. Answer all of the provided questions

Some scholarship programs will provide you with a list of questions to answer within your essay. Answer them within the essay and not in list.

4. Do your research

Most scholarships are named in honor or memory of someone or sponsored by a company or organization. Research the person or check with the Community Foundation for background. Check the application materials, the website or do a Google search. If the scholarship is sponsored by a company or organization, read about the mission of that group and work it into your essay.

5. Make it personal, if appropriate

Try your best to relate the topic of your essay to a personal experience. If you are required to write about a current event, let the reader know how that event affects your life.

6. Details please

If there is no interview included in the application process, the essay is the only chance for the committee to get to know you. If the committee asks about an instance of adversity that you have overcome, use as many details as possible so that the entire situation is understood. Scholarship committees are committed to confidentiality so your story will not be shared without your permission.

7. Brag

This is the perfect time to brag. Highlight your accomplishments. Use positive words to describe yourself: “I am active, dedicated, well-rounded, vibrant; a multi-tasker.” If your grades have suffered for some reason or you are a person who does not test well, focus on some of your other accomplishments. Show that you are more than a test score.

8. Proofread

This can’t be said enough. Your English teacher might even be willing to review your essay for you. Have two other people read your essay as well.

9. Seal the deal with a great conclusion

Your closing paragraph should relate back to your opening. Did you open with a problem? Make sure you propose a solution. Did you open with a question? Answer it.

10. Make the deadline!

An award winning essay is a waste of time — if you miss the deadline most likely it will never be read.

— Courtesy of Sylvia T. Spivey, Development & Scholarship Officer, The Philadelphia Foundation



For information about the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation’s scholarships, or if you need assistance with an application, please contact Cheryl Fowler.


Cheryl Fowler


Director of Education

[email protected]

(920) 426-3993