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Apply for the Wolff Fellowship through January 23rd. Review the requirements and application today!

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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
Log-in to the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub and review the application questions in order to build a plan to complete the materials required for submission:
Summary Abstract
Personal Statement
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 and Science was endowed by Paul Wolff and his spouse, Rhea Schwartz.

Paul Wolff is a distinguished alumnus of UW-Madison, graduating and going onto Harvard University. Following this, he began practicing law in the Washington D.C. area and curated a distinguished career. Wolff served as an advisor for many organizations such as, 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 is a part of Washington D.C Sports Commission that brough MLB to the city. Rhea Swartz is a graduate from Penn State and Georgetown University Law Center. Just like Paul, Swartz is instrumental in the local community in which they live, working for the United States Department of Education, the Center for Israeli Studies at American University, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

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.”