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How many scholarships are available this year?
Each year, the College of L&S awards approximately 125 scholarships associated to the 2 applications for continuing students ranging in award amounts from $500 – $3,500. In addition, approximately, 10 scholarships are awarded each academic year by scholarship specific application.
There are many awards listed on the WiSH website, yet when I filled out the general application, I only matched to a few applications. Why is that?
Eligible applicants of the continuing student scholarships application are considered for many scholarships by completing one of two applications: L&S Application for Current First Year Students or L&S Application for Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors. In order to match to additional L&S scholarship applications, you must meet the specified criteria. Please contact https://scholarships.ls.wisc.edu/ if you would like the L&S Undergraduate Scholarships Office to review your eligibility.
Scholarships posted are part of a comprehensive list. Each listed scholarship fund does not always have available scholarship awards for each cycle. Additionally, a scholarship application must be open for students to match to it.
Which continuing student application do I complete?
Applicants are considered for many scholarships by completing one of the following applications:
• College of Letters & Science Scholarships Application for Current First Year Students is available to non-transfer students who are currently in their first year of enrollment regardless of academic standing by credit completion. You must not be new to UW-Madison in the spring 2024 semester or graduating in spring or summer semesters of 2024.
• College of Letters & Science Scholarships Application for Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors is available to students who are current sophomores, juniors, or seniors who first enrolled at UW-Madison prior to summer semester 2023 or transfer students from another higher education institution who enrolled prior to spring semester 2024. You must not be graduating in spring or summer semesters of 2024.
What are the eligibility criteria for College of Letters & Science scholarships?
When is the best time to apply for Letters & Science Scholarships?
For the 2024-2025 academic year, the application for continuing students earning degrees from Letters & Science is available from December 8, 2023 to February 11, 2024. Other applications for specific awards are run throughout the year. Check Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH) for details.
What is WiSH? How do I apply?
WiSH (Wisconsin Scholarship Hub) is the online tool used by UW-Madison for scholarship processes. To establish your student dashboard in WiSH, please log into the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH) using your UW Net ID and password and complete the general application. The general application is a series of 10 questions used to match students to potential scholarship opportunities.
Why does WiSH present me with several scholarships but there is only one application to fill out? Am I applying for all the scholarships or just one?
By completing the application presented to you, you are being considered for all scholarships associated to the application based upon your responses to the WiSH general application and student data. The online software will automatically match and present you with a list of eligible applications. However, it is a rare occurrence that a student receives multiple scholarships in the same cycle from the College of Letters & Science.
I am not matching any scholarships. Can you tell me why or if this is an error?
Available scholarships only present themselves on your WiSH dashboard when the application is open for application. You are encouraged to return to your personalized dashboard in WiSH regularly for updates regarding scholarship matches. You are also welcome to call or email the L&S Undergraduate Scholarships Office to find out when an application will be active or to review your eligibility for a particular scholarship application (email@example.com or 608-262-4852). Also, watch your campus email account for scholarship related communications. Be aware that email can inadvertently end up in junk or spam folders.
I matched to many scholarships that require financial need. What defines financial need?
At UW-Madison, financial need is determined by the FAFSA, https://fafsa.ed.gov/. Cost of attendance and the estimated family contribution determine the student’s level of financial need. Most applications also include a section where you can share extenuating circumstances.
How will getting a scholarship affect my financial aid?
Scholarships are considered financial aid whether or not they include a requirement for financial need. The scholarship amount is included as part of your aid package and can result in financial aid adjustments. It is recommended that you contact the financial aid office to learn about potential impact on aid packages as a step in your application process.
If I am a non-resident of the state of Wisconsin, can I apply (including international and Minnesota)?
Non-residents and international students are eligible to apply. However, some scholarships have Wisconsin residency preferences. For the purposes of scholarship, Minnesota residents are considered non-Wisconsin residents.
What if I am also a declared major in another school or college or am interested in gaining entry to another school or college?
If you have a major in two different schools or colleges, you are not considered to be receiving a degree from Letters & Science and therefore are ineligible.
Many students are undecided and can apply for Letters & Science scholarships. However, if you intend to enter any other school or college you are not eligible for Letters & Science scholarships. The scholarships are awarded to students earning a degree(s) from the College of Letters & Science.
Can I apply if I intend to get my degree from another school or college like the School of Business, Pharmacy or School of Education?
Many students are undecided and can apply for Letters & Science scholarships. However, if you intend to enter any other school or college you are not eligible for Letters & Science scholarships. The scholarships are awarded to students earning a degree from the College of Letters & Science.
I am a transfer student, can I apply for Letters & Science Scholarships?
Transfer students who enrolled prior to spring semester 2024 are eligible for the College of Letters & Science Scholarships Application for Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors. Students must not be graduating in spring or summer semesters of 2024.
If I plan to study abroad, can I receive a Letters & Science scholarship while I am abroad?
Students enrolled in UW-Madison sponsored study abroad programs are eligible to apply for L&S scholarships. In some cases, a student can go through the consortium agreement process. See this link for more information: https://finaid.wisc.edu/general-faq.htm
Can I apply for scholarships if I am a part-time student enrolled for under 12 credits?
Scholarship opportunities are reserved for full-time (minimum enrollment of 12 credits) students. On occasion exceptions are made. To discuss a specific situation, contact the L&S Scholarship Office at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-262-4852.
Who should I ask to write my letter of recommendation?
How does my recommender provide my recommendation?
The WiSH tool used by the College of Letters and Science generates an automated request to your recommender after you input information (name and email) and provides a mechanism for the recommendation to be uploaded into your application.
What can I do if my recommender does not respond or get the recommendation on time?
If the application is still open, you can return to the application and send a reminder to your recommender or change the request a different recommender. If the recommender is experiencing challenges, they are welcome to contact the L&S Scholarship Office at: email@example.com or 608-262-4852 for assistance. Recommender requests for assistance must be made within a day or two of the deadline for timely response.
I need help understanding the questions on the Letters & Science application. Who do I contact?
Please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 608-262-4852.
How can I get assistance if I am experiencing a technical problem?
If you are experiencing technical problems you may want to restart your computer or switch to a different browser. If you are still experiencing difficulties contact the DoIT helpdesk, email@example.com, (608) 264-4357, or https://kb.wisc.edu/helpdesk/page.php?id=1.
I was working on my scholarship application, and although all the questions were filled out, once I hit save it said my application was submitted. What if I still wanted to make changes?
Even though the status is “Submitted,” you can still return to your application and make revisions with the “Update Application” button. You are able to return to your application and make revisions until the application closes.
How and when will I be notified about the status of my scholarship application?
Notification of scholarship awards will be emailed in late April or early May. You can also check your application status by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
When will I receive the scholarship funds?
The majority of L&S scholarships are paid in the upcoming academic year (fall 2024-spring 2025).
How will I receive the scholarship funds?
The scholarship amount is applied to your UW account for tuition and housing. Upon payment of financial requirements, remaining funds will be issued as a refund. The L&S Scholarships Office recommends the eRefund option, as it is faster and hassle-free. Please review the following website regarding information about the e Refund.
How can I apply for scholarships in my major?
Many academic departments use the WiSH system for declared majors and some run independent application processes. Please ask your advisor for more information about department specific application processes.