Scholarship awards serve two equally valuable purposes: as recognition of accomplishment and achievement and as provision of financial support. These purposes are not mutually exclusive. Many students are awarded scholarships due to both achievement and financial need.
As a general rule, scholarships of $500 are the minimum given when the most important goal is to award achievement rather than to supply aid. Conversely, scholarships of $3,000 -$7,000 are generally given when the most important goal is to supply aid. Most scholarships fall in between these two poles.
As a general rule, students receiving scholarships demonstrate strength in two or more of the below attributes.
• Academic Performance and Achievement
Grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, course selection, credit load, academic-related activities, and undergraduate research experience are reviewed.
• Creative Accomplishment
Originality and innovation in the arts, sciences, or social sciences are considered.
• Financial Need
Scholarships with a financial need component require a completed FAFSA form on file with UW-Madison. Additionally, students are encouraged to include employment information and extenuating circumstances of note.
• Diversity of Experience
All students and staff on our campus gain educationally when we have a diverse student body. Geographic area, gender, rural background, first generation to attend college, religion, age, sexual orientation, socio-economic factors, ability and life experiences.
• Unusual Force of Character
Students who have overcome obstacles related to health, family, social, educational or economic disadvantages are encouraged to apply.
• Community Service
The committee considers volunteerism, service learning, field-work or internships that show civic responsibility and engagement. Sustained involvement over time is highly valued.
Students with demonstrated leadership experiences with significant duties or accomplishments are encouraged to apply.