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Funding and Scholarships


Funding and Scholarships for Public Service Activities

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is one of the most public service-oriented campuses in the United States. There are many opportunities to fund individual and group service projects and to gain recognition for leadership and community engagement.
Application Tip: The University’s Writing Center is an excellent resource for assistance in writing grant proposals and scholarship applications. Writing Fellows offer individual consultations as well as seminars at no cost to students, faculty and staff. The Writing Center website has seminar schedules and other information.


Campus Scholarships and Awards

Wisconsin Idea Fellowships support collaborative service-learning and community-based research projects among undergraduate students, faculty and community organizations. Recent projects have included student-led diabetes prevention programming for at-risk Madison populations and student efforts to enhance science education in rural school districts.

The Undergraduate Academic Awards (UAA) Office administers a number of campus wide scholarships open to undergraduate students from all colleges and majors. Hilldale and Holstrom awards will support community-based research in addition to basic research. Others, including the Meyerhoff and the Bascom Hill Society Scholarship, recognize students for both academic and public service achievements.

The Wisconsin Alumni Association Outstanding Student Award recognizes juniors and seniors for academic achievement and service to the campus and greater community. WAA also administers the Robert and Carol Heideman Award, which recognizes students who demonstrate a commitment to community involvement, among other qualifications.

The Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea competitive grant program is open to faculty, staff and students who develop innovative initiatives or add new dimensions to existing outreach activities through partnerships with the broader community. They are intended to advance The Wisconsin Idea by strengthening partnerships and collaborations, sharing and applying knowledge, and expanding access to lifelong learning.

Morgridge Center for Public Service Community Service Awards. The Morgridge Center for Public Service launched awards for students and community organizations in 2007.  These awards have been created to recognize the long history of engagement by students and community organizations to advance the Wisconsin Idea and make a difference in the community.

National Scholarships

Community-based research and and service-learning opportunities, study abroad programs, student organizations and other extra-curricular activities build credentials for nationally competitive scholarships. They enhance the knowledge you gain in the classroom, and help you decide on the educational and career path that is right for you.

The UAA Office also administers nationally competitive awards, such as the Udall and Truman Scholarships, that support students who have demonstrated potential and commitment to pursuing careers in public service.