Scholarship Opportunities Information for the 2021-2022 Academic Year
All applications are available when open on the WiSH site.
Annual Application for College of Letters & Science Scholarships
All continuing students currently enrolled who plan to enroll for the 2022-2023 Academic Year
(L&S only, $500 – $5,000)
Over 150 scholarships are awarded each cycle. Currently enrolled first year students and currently enrolled sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 who plan to enroll for the 2022-2023 year can apply for a variety of scholarships by completing one application. Successful applicants demonstrate strength in 2-3 of the following areas: academic excellence, service, leadership, diversity, creative accomplishment, or strength of character. Many scholarships also require financial need as determined by a completed FAFSA on file with UW-Madison. Essays, activity/involvement records, transcripts are required. Awarded scholarships are paid out in Fall 2022/Spring 2023.
Application Period: December 10, 2021 – February 13, 2022
Register to attend an information session for annual L&S scholarships here:
Thursday, January 20, 2022, 4:30-5:30 p.m. via Zoom: L&S Scholarships Info Session
Wednesday, February 2, 2022, 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Memorial Union, In-person only
Richard Ralph Winter Phoenix Rising Humanitarian Scholarship
(L&S only, 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. Eligible students must be in their second or third year and have a strong record of community/humanitarian service. Recommendations are required from those selected as finalist. Finalists are required to participate in an individual interview. Awards are paid out in Fall 2022/Spring 2023.
This scholarship is made available by the generosity of Charles Manthey Winter and the Richard Ralph Winter Rising Phoenix Humanitarian Scholarship.
Application Period: November 23, 2021 – January 19, 2022
The Wolff Fellows Award
(L&S, May 2022 graduates only, 3.75 minimum GPA required at time of application)
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. Eligible May 2022 graduating seniors must demonstrate not only a proven record of service to the University and community but also outstanding academic performance.
Eligibility for this award includes: Letters & Science undergraduate degree candidates (for Spring 2022) who have attended UW-Madison for the entirety of their undergraduate careers with a minimum 3.75 cumulative GPA (at the time of application) who have distinguished themselves by demonstrated academic achievement, service to the University and service to the greater world community. Transfer students are ineligible for this opportunity.
- Application Period: January 3, 2022 – March 1, 2022
Mathea Helen and Lawless Louis Mollere Pre-Medicine Scholarship
(L&S only, up to $10,000)
This scholarship supports an aspiring physician junior or senior from the College of Letters & Science with financial need pursuing medical school. Applicants must be 2nd or 3rd year students at the time of application, have excellent academic records with evidence of progress in pre-med course work and service to the campus and/or Madison community. There is a preference for students who demonstrate breadth in the liberal arts outside of the biological sciences. The donor prefers that the recipients do not smoke or use alcohol or drugs. Recommendations are required.
- Application Period: January 11, 2022-February 20, 2022
Ginsburg Family Undergraduate Excellence Award
(L&S only, $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. Only candidates with an exemplary record of leadership and service will be considered.
- Application Period: February 4, 2022-March 11, 2022
(any school or college, varies from $200 – $1,500)
This scholarship recognizes extraordinary junior or senior self-identified women and whose qualifications include exceptional intellectual ability, curiosity, citizenry and engagement in global society. Candidates are invited to submit application materials after nomination by UW faculty and staff. Finalists are required to participate in a group individual interview. See: http://ls.wisc.edu/news/10-undergraduates-earn-troxell-glicksman-awards
Nomination timeline: January 10, 2022-January 28, 2022
- Application Period: February 12, 2022 – March 6, 2022
Paul R. Ebling Scholarship Pre-Medicine Scholarship
(any school or college, up to $5,000)
This scholarship supports an aspiring physician committed to attend the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. Recipients must be Wisconsin high school graduates, current UW graduating seniors, have excellent academic records with evidence of progress in pre-med course work and service to the campus and/or Madison community. Demonstration of reasonable progress towards admission at UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health for the next academic year is required. Recommendations are required.
- Application Period: January 11, 2022 – February 20, 2022
2022 Liberal Arts Essay Competition
(any school or college, up to $1,500)
This annual competition requires submission of an essay on a different topic each year related to the liberal arts. A prize payment is awarded to the winning entry and runner-up. Eligible applicants must be enrolled undergraduates from any school or college who have a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade point average.
- Application Period: December 6, 2021 – March 4, 2022