Resources for Students and Educators

Scholarships and Grants for Underrepresented Populations

Programs identified with “(university-wide)” are available to UW–Madison students. For many of these resources, eligible individuals can apply using the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH Hub). For more information, see program specifics below.

Programs identified as “(external)” are national or international programs. Please see the program websites for more details.

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  • PEOPLE (Precollege Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence) (university-wide)
    • College prep program dedicated to students across Wisconsin to prepare them for success in applying for college admission to a University of Wisconsin System institution, with an emphasis on UW-Madison. Students are accepted in eighth-grade and can be supported through their senior year of college. PEOPLE is a scholarship program that works with students of color, low-income students, and first-generation college students to provide individualized attention by teaming up with students, families, teachers, and counselors to navigate the college admission process and optimize opportunities for success. PEOPLE operates under the Office of the Vice Provost & Chief Diversity Officer’s Division of Diversity, Equity, & Educational Achievement of UW-Madison. Yearly applications open in January.

For Bachelor’s Degrees 

  • McNair Scholars Program (university-wide)
    • The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program creates a bridge to graduate education for undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase the attainment of PhD degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society.
  • First Wave Hip Hop & Urban Arts Learning Community Scholarship Program (university-wide)
    • Full-tuition, four-year scholarship program for seniors in high school or freshman in college applying to the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Individuals who are interested in contributing to the community by upholding the three pillars: Academics, Arts, and Activism are invited to apply. 

For Undergraduate Research

For Graduate Degrees 

For Research Projects