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Wolff Fellowship

“A fellowship of this caliber recognizes the contributions L&S students undertake to not only be excellent scholars but also honors the deep commitment to the service of others and advancing humanity.”
Eric Wilcots, Dean of the College of Letters & Science

The Wolff Fellowship

The Wolff Fellows program grants $45,000 to a graduating senior in the College of Letters & Science to support a year of travel, service or study abroad experience, post-graduation.

Candidates for this tremendous opportunity of a lifetime must be Letters & Science seniors intending to graduate in Spring 2023. A committee appointed by Dean Eric Wilcots reviews completed submissions and selects finalists for interviews.

This award considers not only excellent academic performance and related endeavors, but also weighs the student’s commitments and actions to those outside oneself and to the greater community. During the undergraduate career, this  can look like volunteerism, community or public service, leadership, and other endeavors.


Eligible Letters & Science seniors must have a minimum grade point average of a 3.75.

The deadline to apply through the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub known as WiSH is Monday, January 23, 2023.

How to Apply

Wisconsin Scholarship Hub

Login in above and review the application questions in order to build a plan to complete the materials required for submission:

  • Summary Abstract
  • Personal Statement
  • Essay
  • Current Résumé or CV
  • Activity/Travel Budget
  • Student Academic Record
  • Letters of Recommendation (2)

Meet the Benefactors

The Wolff Fellowship program in the College of Letters & Science is the vision of  its creators, Paul M. Wolff and Rhea S. Schwartz.

Paul M. Wolff is a distinguished alumnus of UW-Madison. He earned an Letters & Science degree majoring in history and went on to study law at Harvard University.  He began practicing law in the Washington, D.C. area and curated a distinguished career. Wolff served as an advisor for many organizations including the Washington Performing Arts Society, the Corcoran Art Museum, the Jewish Museum, and the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. Wolff has a passion for sports and served on the Washington D.C. Sports Commission. He is also a distinguished and talented sculptor.

Rhea S. Schwartz is a graduate of Penn State and Georgetown University Law School. A leader in her community, Ms. Schwartz has worked for the United States Department of Education, the Center for Israeli Studies at American University, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Ms. Schwartz has endowed a similarly groundbreaking fellowship opportunity at Penn State.

Wolff explains, “We believe these students should be rewarded for their achievements and service with the ability to travel, volunteer or complete service work without financial burdens. This will allow them to pursue their passions without limits.”

Meet the 2022 Awardee

Claire James graduated in the spring of 2022 and is the first awardee of the Wolff Fellowship. Claire proved her academic acumen graduating with completed majors international studies and economics, earning honors in the liberal arts, with certificates in European studies and French.

Her adventure began this past June working for a non-profit in Nagasaki, Japan with future  plans to volunteer with organizations in three more countries, ending with travel to South America by way of India and Africa.

“This fellowship is truly an extraordinary opportunity for L&S students. Don’t be afraid to put together an application that encompasses all of your passions, interests, and dreams. It will be so worth it!”

– Claire James, Inaugural recipient of the Wolff Fellowship