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The scholarship process at UW-Madison is highly competitive. Pay close attention to criteria and application questions when completing your application. Essays should be thoughtful and carefully written. The UW-Madison Writing Center often holds workshops on writing essays if you need assistance.

As you might be aware, there is not one single application for scholarships, but many different applications for many different scholarships, and those applications can have different opening dates and deadlines. The vast majority of scholarships at UW-Madison require that students apply for them. There are very few scholarships that will be awarded to students that do not require an application.

You can apply for most scholarship opportunities on your My Scholarships Dashboard. My Scholarships uses your student data to match you up with scholarship opportunities that you may be eligible for and are currently accepting applications. You can then complete and submit applications online. To explore scholarship opportunities, check out our Scholarships List page.

Most programs on the UW-Madison campus use My Scholarships to accept applications, but there are still some programs that have a different process, so please be sure to contact your school, college, or department if you are unsure. See our Other Resources page for additional funding sources on campus, as well as a list of trusted national search websites.



Scholarships for this Program

Scholarships Descriptions
National Merit finalists who are Wisconsin residents and designate UW-Madison as their first-choice institution. Other finalists who notify the Office of Student Financial Services are eligible as funds permit.
National Merit finalists who are Wisconsin residents and designate UW-Madison as their first-choice institution. Other finalists who notify the Office of Student Financial Services are eligible as funds permit. This scholarship is awarded to freshmen.
National Merit finalists who designate UW-Madison as their first-choice institution. Admission application materials will be reviewed during the selection process.
National Merit finalists who designate UW-Madison as their first-choice institution. Admission application materials will be reviewed during the selection process.
Students who demonstrate strong academic performance based on class rank and GPA.
Students who demonstrate strong academic performance based on class rank and GPA. These scholarships are awarded to freshmen.
Scholarships marked with FAFSA required prior to awarding decisions in the list above require a completed Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for awarding decisions. To learn more about applying for financial aid, please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid website.