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Welcome to the Campus-Wide and National Scholarships page.  The scholarships on this page are administered by the Undergraduate Academic Awards (UAA) Office or the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA).

 

Most of the scholarships on this page are administered by the UAA Office.  The UAA Office connects students with campus-wide awards and national scholarships for research, service, leadership and scholarship--activities at the heart of the Wisconsin Experience.  Each award and scholarship administered through the UAA Office has its own application. 

 

The national scholarships administered through the UAA Office require nomination by a UW-Madison committee; you cannot apply to the scholarship foundation directly.  To be considered for nomination for a national scholarship, please submit a completed application to the UAA Office by the campus deadline.  A campus nominating committee will review applications and select nominees.  UW-Madison nominees for national scholarships will have the opportunity to revise their materials based on feedback from the campus committee before submitting to the national competition.  National scholarships are difficult to win, and require substantial preparation--even before you begin the application process.  We recommend that you schedule an appointment with a scholarship advisor at the UAA Office before applying for a national scholarship.

For an appointment or additional information about UAA awards and scholarships please email awards@provost.wisc.edu or call 608-265-2428.

Web site: http://awards.advising.wisc.edu

The Kemper K. Knapp Scholarship, the National Merit Scholarship and the William F. Vilas Scholarship are administered though OSFA.  If you have any questions or want additional information regarding these scholarships please e-mail finaid@finaid.wisc.edu or call 608-262-3060.

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Hilldale Holstrom

Mid December - Mid February

Scholarships for this Program

Scholarships Descriptions
Established by congress in 1986 to honor the career of Senator Barry Goldwater, these scholarships encourage promising students to pursue a PhD and a research career in engineering, mathematics or natural science fields.
Established by congress in 1986 to honor the career of Senator Barry Goldwater, these scholarships encourage promising students to pursue a PhD and a research career in engineering, mathematics or natural science fields.
National scholarship for students who show outstanding potential for, and plan to pursue, a PhD and research career in mathematics, natural sciences or engineering. Apply as a sophomore or junior (one or two years of undergraduate study remaining after the application year). Must be a US citizen, national or permanent resident intending to obtain citizenship. Strong applicants have a GPA of 3.8 or above and are engaged in undergraduate research. Selection criteria: academic achievement, progress toward research goals, research essay, and letters of recommendation.
Supported by a generous grant from the University Book Store, this award recognizes undergraduate students who have completed an outstanding independent project, such as a senior thesis, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Projects in all academic fields are eligible.
Supported by a generous grant from the University Book Store, this award recognizes undergraduate students who have completed an outstanding independent project, such as a senior thesis, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Projects in all academic fields are eligible.
A campus-wide scholarship for students who have completed an outstanding independent project at UW-Madison under the direction of UW faculty/staff. Eligible projects include research papers in all fields and creative arts projects (creative writing, media arts, visual or performing arts). Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program during the current academic year. December graduates may apply. Selection criteria: originality and creativity of thought, clarity of project purpose, organization and presentation of project, and evidence that the student carried out the project independently. In cases of jointly authored or produced submissions, each person's contribution must be clearly stated. If the applicant was part of a research team, the applicant's role and contributions to the project must be delineated.
The Chancellor's Scholarship Program and Powers-Knapp Scholarship Program are merit-based, campus-wide scholarships awarded to academically outstanding and talented young people pursuing all majors. The Chancellor's and Powers-Knapp Scholarship Programs are committed to assisting scholars in their pursuit of personal and...
The Chancellor's Scholarship Program and Powers-Knapp Scholarship Program are merit-based, campus-wide scholarships awarded to academically outstanding and talented young people pursuing all majors. The Chancellor's and Powers-Knapp Scholarship Programs are committed to assisting scholars in their pursuit of personal and academic excellence during their undergraduate careers.
<ul> <li> Applicants must plan to enroll as a new freshman in the fall following graduation from high school</li> <li> Be a member of one of the following groups:</li> <ol> <li> African American</li> <li> American Indian</li> <li> Hispanic/Latino</li> <li> Southeast Asian (Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian, or Vietnamese)</li> <li> Socioeconomically disadvantaged</li> </ol> <li> Demonstrate outstanding academic performance (3.0/4.0 GPA or higher in academic units)</li> <li> Be a U.S. citizen</li> </ul> A faculty/staff committee carefully reviews each eligible application and selects scholars on the basis of their demonstrated academic success in high school, involvement in school/community organizations, leadership skills, and abilities to excel in the university's rigorous educational environment.
Established in 1959, the Winston Churchill Foundation offers American students of exceptional accomplishment the opportunity to study mathematics, engineering, or the sciences at the graduate level, at Cambridge University.
Established in 1959, the Winston Churchill Foundation offers American students of exceptional accomplishment the opportunity to study mathematics, engineering, or the sciences at the graduate level, at Cambridge University.
National scholarship funding 1 year of graduate study in math, science or engineering at Churchill College, Cambridge University. Apply as a senior or recent graduate between the ages of 19 and 26. Must be a US citizen or national, have an undergraduate GPA of 3.8 or above, and attain a bachelor's degree (but not a doctorate) before the scholarship begins. Strong applicants have extensive research experience, 4 strong letters of recommendation, and plan to pursue a PhD, MD or MD/PhD. Selection criteria: academic achievement; the ability to contribute to mathematics, engineering, or the sciences; outstanding personal qualities; strong GRE or MCAT scores.
The Truman foundation provides $30,000 for graduate study to college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to "making a difference" through public service in government, education, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors.
The Truman foundation provides $30,000 for graduate study to college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to "making a difference" through public service in government, education, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors.
National scholarship for juniors, providing $30,000 for graduate study in preparation for a career in public service. Apply as a junior (one year of undergraduate study remaining after the application year). Must be a U.S. citizen/national, with a GPA of 3.5 or above. Strong applicants have an extensive record of service, activism and leadership. Selection criteria: service and leadership record, academic achievement, writing and analytical skills, suitability of proposed program of study for a career in public service.
The Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowships and Holstrom Environmental Scholarships support undergraduate research done in collaboration with UW-Madison faculty or research/instructional academic staff.
The Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowships and Holstrom Environmental Scholarships support undergraduate research done in collaboration with UW-Madison faculty or research/instructional academic staff.
A campus-wide scholarship to support undergraduate research done in collaboration with UW-Madison faculty or staff. Applicants must have at least a junior standing at time of application and be planning to graduate after May of the application year. Apply spring semester to fund work on the project during the summer or following academic year. Must be in good academic and disciplinary standing to apply. Selection criteria: Evidence of the student's intellectual contribution to the research (may include, but is not limited to, student's contribution of preliminary data to the proposed project); significance of the research (originality, impact on the field); degree of meaningful collaboration with a faculty research mentor; extent to which research objective is achievable within the proposed timeline (may also include evaluation of the student's academic record).
The Holstrom Environmental Scholarships support undergraduate research done in collaboration with UW-Madison faculty or research/instructional academic staff.
The Holstrom Environmental Scholarships support undergraduate research done in collaboration with UW-Madison faculty or research/instructional academic staff.
A campus-wide scholarship to support undergraduate research done in collaboration with UW-Madison faculty or staff. Research proposals must have an environmental focus, and applicants must have at least a junior standing at time of application. Apply spring semester to fund work on the project during the summer or following academic year. Selection Criteria: Evidence of the student's intellectual contribution to the research (may include, but is not limited to, student's contribution of preliminary data to the proposed project); significance of the research (originality, impact on the field); degree of meaningful collaboration with a faculty research mentor; extent to which research objective is achievable within the proposed timeline (may also include evaluation of the student's academic record).
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.
This annual competition requires submission of an essay through Scholarships@UWMadison on a different topic each year related to the liberal arts. There is a $1,000 prize to the winning entry and $500 prize to a runner-up.
This annual competition requires submission of an essay through Scholarships@UWMadison on a different topic each year related to the liberal arts. There is a $1,000 prize to the winning entry and $500 prize to a runner-up.
Eligible applicants must be enrolled undergraduates from any school or college who are currently enrolled and have a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade point average. Final selection of winning essays will be determined by University General Education Committee. Recipients will be notified in Spring 2018. Please contact scholarships@saa.ls.wisc.edu with questions.
This need-based scholarship provides a one-time award to a high achieving Junior or Senior woman.
This need-based scholarship provides a one-time award to a high achieving Junior or Senior woman.
Recipient must be a female student with financial need who is majoring in Economics. This scholarship is open to all declared Economics majors from all schools and colleges. Completed applications are evaluated using donor criteria and the College of Letters & Science criteria (academic excellence, community service, leadership, diversity, strength of character, and creative accomplishment). Successful applicants should also have strong recommendations and well written essays.
Established in 1953, the Marshall Scholarship Program gives high ability young Americans the opportunity to study at any university in the United Kingdom. The Program was created to honor the ideals of the Marshall Plan, and foster appreciation of...
Established in 1953, the Marshall Scholarship Program gives high ability young Americans the opportunity to study at any university in the United Kingdom. The Program was created to honor the ideals of the Marshall Plan, and foster appreciation of the U.K. among future American leaders.
National scholarship funding 2-3 years of graduate study at any university in the UK for top students in every field. Apply as a senior or up to two years after graduating. Must be a U.S. citizen with an undergraduate GPA of 3.7 or above, and attain a bachelor's degree before the scholarship begins; may not hold a degree or degree equivalent from a British university. Strong applicants combine academic distinction with a record of service and leadership, 4-8 strong letters of recommendation, and a good rationale for study in the UK. Selection criteria: distinction of intellect (scholastic attainments), distinction of character (leadership, service), the potential to make a significant contribution to society, motivation and seriousness of purpose, and presentation of a specific and realistic academic program of study in the UK.
Established by Mr. Harvey "Bud" Meyerhoff, a successful businessman, philanthropist and 1948 graduate of UW-Madison, the Meyerhoff Undergraduate Excellence Awards honor students who combine academic achievement with leadership and service to campus and/or community.
Established by Mr. Harvey "Bud" Meyerhoff, a successful businessman, philanthropist and 1948 graduate of UW-Madison, the Meyerhoff Undergraduate Excellence Awards honor students who combine academic achievement with leadership and service to campus and/or community.
A $1,000 cash prize for upperclassmen who have made outstanding leadership and service contributions to the University and/or the surrounding communities while maintaining a record of academic excellence. Must be a junior or senior currently enrolled at UW-Madison. Recipients are selected by 22 academic and student affairs organizations.
Established by congress in 1992, the Udall scholarships honor the legacy Congressman Morris K. Udall, supporting students who have demonstrated outstanding potential and a commitment to pursuing careers related to the environment.
Established by congress in 1992, the Udall scholarships honor the legacy Congressman Morris K. Udall, supporting students who have demonstrated outstanding potential and a commitment to pursuing careers related to the environment.
National scholarship for undergraduates planning a career related to the environment. Apply as a sophomore or junior (one or two years of undergraduate study remaining after the application year). Must be US citizen/permanent resident with a GPA of at least 3.0 (ideally higher). Selection criteria: commitment to a career in environmental policy; courses, service/leadership activities related to career interests; writing and analytical skills.
National scholarship for Native American and Alaskan Native undergraduates planning a career in tribal healthcare or tribal public policy. Apply as a sophomore or junior (one or two years of undergraduate study remaining after the application year). Must...
National scholarship for Native American and Alaskan Native undergraduates planning a career in tribal healthcare or tribal public policy. Apply as a sophomore or junior (one or two years of undergraduate study remaining after the application year). Must be US citizen/ permanent resident of Native American or Alaska Native descent, with a GPA of 3.0 or better. Selection criteria: commitment to a career in tribal healthcare or public policy; courses, service/leadership activities related to career interests; writing and analytical skills.
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.
These awards are designed to encourage PKP Honor Society members to enrich their educational programs through summer projects involving study, research, travel, and training that is not part of a formal curriculum nor carries college credit. These projects may be...
These awards are designed to encourage PKP Honor Society members to enrich their educational programs through summer projects involving study, research, travel, and training that is not part of a formal curriculum nor carries college credit. These projects may be carried out in the United States or abroad. Awards are usually not given to those who intend to remain in Madison.
Any Phi Kappa Phi member or new inductee who is a registered undergraduate or graduate student on the Madison campus is eligible to apply.
Initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, the Rhodes Scholarships bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford.
Initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, the Rhodes Scholarships bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford.
National scholarship funding 2-3 years of study at Oxford University for top students in every field. Apply as a senior or recent graduate. Must be a U.S. citizen at least 18 but not yet 24 years old on October 1st of the year of application, and attain a bachelor's degree before the scholarship term begins. Strong applicants have a GPA of 3.8 or above, and combine academic distinction with a record of service and leadership, 5-8 strong letters of recommendation, and a good rationale for study at Oxford University. Selection criteria: intellectual and academic achievement, integrity of character, ability to lead, interest in and respect for fellow beings, and the energy to use one's talents to the full.
The Sophomore Research Fellowships support undergraduate research done in collaboration with UW-Madison faculty or research/instructional academic staff.
The Sophomore Research Fellowships support undergraduate research done in collaboration with UW-Madison faculty or research/instructional academic staff.
A sophomore (two years of undergraduate study after application year) or a freshmen who will have more than 24 credits after May of the current academic year or a transfer student in their first year of attendance at UW-Madison. Must be in good academic standing (2.3 cumulative GPA or above). Evidence of the student's intellectual contribution to the research; degree of meaningful collaboration with a faculty research mentor; extent to which the research objective is achievable within the proposed timeline.
The Bascom Hill Society, the major donor honor organization of the University of Wisconsin Foundation, offers a full scholarship to an upperclassman with financial need, a solid academic record, demonstrated leadership capability and outstanding volunteer contributions to the University of...
The Bascom Hill Society, the major donor honor organization of the University of Wisconsin Foundation, offers a full scholarship to an upperclassman with financial need, a solid academic record, demonstrated leadership capability and outstanding volunteer contributions to the University of Wisconsin and/or his or her community.
A campus-wide scholarship for sophomores or juniors with financial need and extensive service/leadership activities. Applicant must have a GPA of 3.2 or above, sophomore or junior status at the time of application, and unmet financial need of at least $1,000 for Wisconsin or Minnesota residents, or at least $5,000 for out-of-state residents. To determine eligibility, applicant must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applicant must have an outstanding record of campus or community service, demonstrated leadership capacity, and academic ability and achievement.
The Beinecke Scholarship Program was established in 1971 to provide scholarships for the graduate education of young men and women of exceptional promise, who plan to pursue a PhD or terminal master's degree in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
The Beinecke Scholarship Program was established in 1971 to provide scholarships for the graduate education of young men and women of exceptional promise, who plan to pursue a PhD or terminal master's degree in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
National scholarship for juniors with financial need, providing $34,000 for graduate study in social sciences, humanities and the arts for top students with demonstrated financial need. Apply as a junior (one year of undergraduate study remaining after application year). Must be US citizen or national, qualify for need-based financial aid as an undergraduate, and plan to pursue terminal master's or PhD in appropriate field. Competitive applicants have a GPA of 3.8 or above, 3 strong letters of recommendation, and research or other hands-on experience in their field. Selection criteria: academic ability and achievement, personal promise, and financial need.
A generous grant from the Herfurth and Kubly family allows for awards to seniors who made the maximum use of their time at UW-Madison, demonstrating productivity in the classroom and the community. Among the oldest awards presented at UW-Madison, the...
A generous grant from the Herfurth and Kubly family allows for awards to seniors who made the maximum use of their time at UW-Madison, demonstrating productivity in the classroom and the community. Among the oldest awards presented at UW-Madison, the Theodore Herfurth award for a senior man was introduced in 1928, followed by the Teddy Kubly award for a senior woman in 1943.
A $2,000 cash prize for seniors judged outstanding in the areas of academic achievement, self-support, extracurricular activities, and verbal expression. Students must have senior standing, and plan to graduate the May/August/December following application. PharmD students should apply during their fifth year. Selection criteria: academic and creative achievement, service, leadership, financial self-support, written and oral communication skills.
Need-based scholarship awarded to high achieving undergraduate students (of any major) seeking financial support to take courses in the upcoming summer session at UW-Madison. Award availability and amounts are subject to vary.
Need-based scholarship awarded to high achieving undergraduate students (of any major) seeking financial support to take courses in the upcoming summer session at UW-Madison. Award availability and amounts are subject to vary.
Applicants must meet the following criteria: Currently enrolled at UW-Madison pursuing an undergraduate degree. Must be in good academic standing and have a cumulative GPA which reflects academic success. Applicants that fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply: Priority is given to continuing students (that is, students who intend to enroll for the fall semester after their summer enrollment). Preference is given to students taking a full credit load in summer (6-9 credits). Students taking less than 6 credits will be considered. Preference is given to students demonstrating financial need. Preference is given to students taking UW-Madison online or on campus courses. Freshmen and sophomores are strongly encouraged to apply. A limited number of scholarships are available for international students. A limited number of scholarships are available for students taking summer Study Abroad through UW-Madison (UW Signature Study Abroad programs are given priority). Completed applications are evaluated by a scholarship committee using the above eligibility criteria. Successful applicants should also have well written responses to the application questions.
The Undergraduate Writing Fellows Program, co-sponsored by The Writing Center and the College of Letters and Science, brings talented undergraduates and committed faculty together in a cooperative effort to improve student writing.
The Undergraduate Writing Fellows Program, co-sponsored by The Writing Center and the College of Letters and Science, brings talented undergraduates and committed faculty together in a cooperative effort to improve student writing.
To be considered for the program, applicants must be in good academic standing at UW-Madison and have at least two semesters remaining at the University. Students selected to be Fellows must enroll in a three-credit, writing-intensive honors seminar on tutoring writing across the curriculum. We are looking for highly motivated, independent, articulate, personable, kind, and diplomatic students. We are most interested in students who are successful and enthusiastic writers and who also are dynamic and intellectually engaged in class discussions, who enjoy working with others, and who will be able to hold their own in conferences with faculty and with student peers.
Seniors who demonstrate strong academic performance during their UW-Madison career.
Seniors who demonstrate strong academic performance during their UW-Madison career.
Seniors who demonstrate strong academic performance during their UW-Madison career. These scholarships are awarded to seniors.
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.