2017/2018 Windhover Scholarships

The online Windhover Scholarship application for the 2017/2018 academic year is now open.

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The online application will close once 400 completed applications are received, or on Thursday, February 2, 2017, at 5 p.m. CT, whichever comes first.

Windhover Scholarships are available to the children of eligible Quad/Graphics employees. Funded by the Quadracci Family, they are tax-free to the recipient and can be used to help pay for tuition, books and fees at any accredited educational institution.

Students must apply for the scholarship each year.


PARENTS: If your child is new to the scholarship program, you will need to request a login on his or her behalf. Request a login here.

RETURNING STUDENTS: If you were a Windhover Scholar this past academic year, apply online starting January 3 by logging on to the online application using your existing username and password.

To qualify for a Windhover Scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be an unmarried dependent of a full-time Quad/Graphics employee who has worked at Quad for at least three years prior to July 1, 2017, and whose base salary does not exceed $90,000;
  • Be a high school graduate or graduate from high school in May/June 2017;
  • Plan to pursue post-secondary education on a full-time basis beginning in the fall of 2017;
  • Maintain a set GPA of 2.5;
  • Have not already graduated with a bachelor’s degree;
  • Have not already received the scholarship five times; and
  • Not have a parent on the Windhover Foundation’s board of directors or scholarship selection committee.

What's needed to apply

Your student will need the following for completing the online application:

  • Estimated school costs – e.g., tuition, books, housing and transportation.
  • Resume – For assistance, students are encouraged to visit their school’s career center or review sample resumes under the Sample Documents link in the online application.
  • Most recent school transcript – Unofficial transcript is preferred.
  • ACT/SAT scores – For high school seniors only.
  • Written essay – Students are required to write a 150- to 300-word response to the following question: How has growing up where you have affected your oulook on life and the recent choices you have made?
  • Their calendar – Students will be required to schedule an interview when completing their online application. All scholarship interviews will take place in March.

Additional items needed to complete the application

The below items may be uploaded at the same time your student is completing his or her online application, but are not due until March 1, 2017.

  • Financial information – A copy of each parent’s W-2 for 2016.
  • Two letters of recommendation – At least one of the letters must be from a current teacher. The other letter can be from a current or former teacher or an employer. It is preferred that both letters are signed, dated and on company/school letterhead.
  • Professional-looking portrait (e.g., a senior portrait)

Be advised that failing to submit the W-2’s and letters of recommendation by March 1, 2017, will disqualify your student.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted.


For assistance, contact Windhover@qg.com or ESconnection (1-866-275-3737).

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