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2024-2025 Scholarships Announcement

General Instructions and Inquiries:

Students are invited to apply for College of Letters & Science scholarships listed below by logging into WiSH (Wisconsin Scholarship Hub).

Email your questions and inquiries to scholarships@saa.ls.wisc.edu.

Annual Applications for College of Letters & Science Scholarships

Varies from $500 – $5,000

Over 150 scholarships awarded each cycle.

Requirements:

  • Must be a currently enrolled first year student, sophomore, junior, or senior who plans to enroll for the 2025-2026 year,
  • Must be a student in L&S,
  • Must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50, and
  • Must complete the scholarship application by the deadline.
  • Essays, activity/involvement records, and transcripts are required.
  • Successful applicants demonstrate strength in 2-3 of the following areas: academic excellence, service, leadership, diversity, creative accomplishment, and/or strength of character.

Many scholarships also require financial need as determined by a completed FAFSA on file with UW-Madison.

Log into WiSH to apply.  Applicants may need to complete the WiSH general application before the L&S Continuing Student application appears.

Awarded scholarships are typically paid out in Fall 2025/Spring 2026.

Application Period: December 6, 2024 – February 18, 2025

 

Other Opportunities Available 2024 (with Distinct Applications)

Tommy Thompson Leadership Scholarship

$2,300

The Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership offers one scholarship award to one student per academic year. Scholarships are intended for undergraduates who have shown public leadership in their lives in a way that reflects the general legacy of Governor Tommy G. Thompson.

Governor Thompson was a broad thinker who offered common sense solutions to tackle big problems through teamwork and an unending zeal to make our state a better place. We seek high quality applicants who reflect Tommy’s spirit, have demonstrated leadership during their time in college, and will continue to lead in the future.

The Tommy Thompson Center is a statewide center and UW campuses from all over the state forward up to three finalists to the Center. Last year, one UW-Madison finalist was awarded. Award is paid out in the Spring 2024 term.

This opportunity is open to all UW-Madison undergraduate students, not just those enrolled in L&S.

Application Period: September 9, 2024 – October 20, 2024

 

The Wolff Fellowship Award

$45,000

The Wolff Fellows program provides an award of approximately $45,000 to an outstanding graduating senior for a year-long travel, service, or study-abroad experience. Letters & Science graduates will be empowered to take on a year of travel and service as part of a new fellowship opportunity, made possible by a generous gift from Paul Martin Wolff and Rhea S. Schwartz.

Requirements:

  • Must be a student in L&S,
  • Must be a graduating senior in May 2025 (spring 2025),
  • Must be a student who has attended UW-Madison for the entirety of their undergraduate career (transfer students are ineligible for this opportunity),
  • Must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.75 (required at time of application), and
  • Must have distinguished themselves by demonstrating academic achievement, service to the University, and service to the greater world community.

Nomination Period: September 8, 2024 – October 15, 2024

Application Period: October 25, 2024 – January 26, 2025

 

Richard Ralph Winter Phoenix Rising Humanitarian Scholarship

Up to $5,000

This scholarship rewards humanitarian achievement and service, encourages excellence and commitment in the application of humanitarian ideals, and affirms the moral obligation to provide for human welfare. This scholarship is made available by the generosity of Charles Manthey Winter and the Richard Ralph Winter Rising Phoenix Humanitarian Scholarship.

Requirements:

  • Must be second- or third-year L&S student with a strong record of community/humanitarian service.
  • Recommendations are required from those selected as a finalist.
  • Finalists are required to participate in an individual interview.

Awards are paid out in Fall 2025/Spring 2026.

Nomination Period: November 1, 2024 – November 15, 2024

Application Period: November 15, 2023 – January 26, 2025

 

Lawless Louis and Mathea Helen Mollere Pre-Medicine Scholarship

Up to $10,000

This scholarship supports a L&S junior or senior who is an aspiring physician and is in pursuit of attending medical school. Student must also have financial need.

Requirements:

  • Must be second- or third-year L&S student at the time of application,
  • Must demonstrate excellent academic records with evidence of progress in pre-med course work and service to the campus and/or Madison community, and
  • Student must demonstrate financial need as determined by a completed FAFSA on file with UW-Madison.
  • There is a preference for students who demonstrate breadth in the liberal arts outside of the biological sciences with donor preference for recipients who do not smoke or use alcohol or drugs.
  • Recommendations are required.

The scholarship is paid out in Fall 2025/Spring 2026.

Application Period: November 22, 2024 – February 2, 2025

 

Paul R. Ebling Pre-Medicine Scholarship

Up to $5,000

This scholarship supports an aspiring physician committed to attend the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. This opportunity is open to all UW-Madison undergraduate students, not just those enrolled in L&S.

Requirements:

  • Must be a graduate of a Wisconsin high school,
  • Must be current UW graduating senior,
  • Must have excellent academic records with evidence of progress in pre-med course work and service to the campus and/or Madison community, and
  • Must demonstrate reasonable progress towards admission at UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health for the next academic year.
  • Recommendations are required.

Awards are paid out in Spring 2025.

Application Period: November 22, 2024 – February 2, 2025

 

Ginsberg Family Undergraduate Excellence Award

$1,000

This award for leadership, service, and scholarship recognizes juniors or seniors who have made outstanding leadership and service contributions to the University and/or the surrounding communities while maintaining a record of academic excellence.

Requirements:

  • Must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3,
  • Must be a junior or senior enrolled in the College of Letters and Science, and
  • Must demonstrate an exemplary record of leadership and service to be considered.
  • Essays, transcripts, and recommendations are required.

Awards are paid out in Spring 2025.

Application Period: December 6, 2024 – March 2, 2025

 

Troxell-Glicksman Awards

Varies from $200 – $1,500

This scholarship recognizes extraordinary junior or senior self-identified women whose qualifications include exceptional intellectual ability, curiosity, citizenry, and engagement in global society. This opportunity is open to all UW-Madison undergraduate students who meet the above mentioned criteria, not just those enrolled in L&S.

Candidates are invited to submit application materials after nomination by UW faculty and staff. Finalists are required to participate in an interview.

Awards are paid out in Spring 2025.

To learn more about previous recipients, please read the articles highlighting the 2023 recipients and the 2024 recipients.

Nomination Period: January 6, 2025 – January 26, 2025

Application Period: January 31, 2025 – February 21, 2025

 

L&S Lawton Grant

Up to $3,000

Underrepresented L&S students who are Wisconsin residents with financial need can apply and receive up to $3,000 per year.

Requirements:

  • Must be in the process of earning 24 credits per academic year and be in good academic standing,
  • Must be planning to enroll for fall 2024,
  • Must be an underrepresented undergraduate student in L&S,
  • Must be a Wisconsin resident, and
  • Must demonstrate financial need by completing FAFSA.

Application Period: March 1, 2024 – April 26, 2024