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Scholarships for Nontraditional UW-Madison Students

Thanks to generous contributions of our donors, the Adult Career and Special Student Services office, UW-Madison Continuing Studies, administers a number of scholarships specifically designed for nontraditional and returning adult students. While the eligibility criteria vary, there are two main categories of scholarship awards:

The application period for all scholarships is December 1–March 1. A single online application can be used to apply for all Adult Career & Special Student Services' administered scholarships. To be eligible, applicants must be degree students at UW-Madison or must have applied to a degree program at UW-Madison (with the expectation of receiving an admission decision by early or mid-March). The application deadline is March 1. To apply for these scholarships, please complete the following steps:

1) Access the scholarship application through Scholarships@UW-Madison. If you haven't used this website before, take some time to explore it and then click on Visit My Scholarships to begin the application process.  You also can login to Scholarships@UW-Madison through your Student Center. 

Once you begin the formal, online application, you may save it and return to it at any time before this scholarship application closes on March 1.  If you would like to prepare your responses in advance, we invite you to view this pdf practice copy of the application.  This pdf file can be a useful tool, but please submit your actual application through Scholarships@UW-Madison.

2) After January 1, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Even if you do not intend to accept financial aid, your FAFSA application will demonstrate that you meet the financial need criterion of this scholarship.  We recommend submitting your FAFSA for Academic Year 2014-2015 before submitting this scholarship application.  A FAFSA submitted afiter this scholarship competition closes on March 1 will be too late for us to consider.  

Need help with the FAFSA? The 2014-2015 FAFSA will become available on January 1, 2014.  Before filling it out, you are encourage to gather the documents that you may need (e.g., your 2013 federal tax information).  A very useful guide for preparing to fill out the FAFSA is available from the Federal Student Aid office.  Also useful is the FAFSA Help page.  After January 1, you will be able to complete your 2014-2015 FAFSA online.  See the How to Apply, Step-by-Step guide on the Office of Student Financial Aid website for specific information on UW-Madison's financial aid process. 

3) Ask a reference to submit a letter of recommendation in support of your ACSSS scholarship application. For full consideration, please urge your reference to submit his or her letter of recommendation before the March 1 deadline.  Choose someone who knows your academic potential and who understands the challenges involved in developing that potential.  That could be an instructor, an advisor, a research mentor, an employer, or a member of the community.  Note: The online scholarship application will ask for the email address of your reference and it will send an email message directly to that reference, requesting a letter of recommendation for you.  So please check the accuracy of the email address you provide.  And follow up with your reference or check the status of that letter in your Scholarships@UW-Madison account to ensure that the letter has been sent and received by the deadline.

Questions?

  • Take a moment to look over the Scholarships 101 help page, especially if you are looking for the FAFSA link, or if you are a new student or applicant who needs help activating your NetID.
  • For tips on putting together a strong application and for examples of short bios, please see our Tips sheet.
  • For additional questions, please contact us at 608-263-6960 or advising@dcs.wisc.edu.

Details on specific scholarships follow.

Returning Adult Student Scholarships

Returning Adult Student Scholarships are available for newly admitted or currently enrolled UW-Madison undergraduate, graduate, or professional students who are returning to school after a break.

Alma Baron Second Chance for Women

Criteria:

  • Woman, 45 years or older
  • Recently admitted or continuing UW-Madison student in good academic standing
  • Proof of financial need
  • U.S. citizen, eligible non-citizen or permanent resident
  • Evidence of probable academic success, based on her experience within the past five years

Osher Reentry Scholarship

More information on Osher awards

Criteria:

  • Have experienced a cumulative gap in education of five or more years
  • Are at the undergraduate level and pursuing a first baccalaureate degree
  • Anticipate workforce participation for a significant period of time subsequent to graduation and are ideally between the ages of 25-50
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Show academic promise and a commitment to obtaining the degree
  • Are either full- or part-time students

PLATO Scholarships

Historically, PLATO Scholarships have supported the degree completion goals of single parents whose family commitments presented unique challenges to their academic progress.  Since 2013, PLATO has extended its support not only to single parents but also to other nontraditional students who are striving to complete their UW-Madison degrees.  Read about our 2014-2015 PLATO Scholarship recipients on page 8 of the Persimmon.

Criteria:

  • Nontraditional adult student pursuing a UW-Madison degree program as an undergraduate student, graduate student, or candidate for a professional degree 
  • Significant financial need
  • U.S. citizen, eligible non-citizen or permanent resident
  • Strong potential for academic success
  • Minimum enrollment to be determined by scholarship award 

Stuart Daily Seeds of Learning Fund

To support a returning adult graduate student, Karen Doerfer Daily established the Stuart Daily Seeds of Learning Fund in 2004 to honor the memory of Stuart G. Daily, a teacher of much, to many.  His most valuable asset was his knowledge, and he encouraged others in their quest for knowledge. 

Criteria:

  • Recently admitted or continuing UW-Madison graduate student in good academic standing
  • Proof of financial need
  • U.S. citizen, eligible non-citizen or permanent resident
  • Evidence of probable academic success, based on experience within the last five years
  • Enrolled in a minimum of six graduate credits each semester

Bernice D. Kuney Scholarship 

The Bernice D. Kuney Scholarship was established in 1989 with a gift from Edith Martindale to honor her mentor, Bernice Kuney.  Ms. Kuney taught English for forty years at UW Extension, serving adults returning to college for degree work or professional development.  This scholarship is available to both new and continuing students. 

Criteria:

  • Returning adult student with a commitment to learning and the potential for academic success
  • Preference for a returning adult student who has experienced a significant gap in their education (e.g., 5 years)
  • Recently admitted or continuing UW-Madison student at any level (undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree student)
  • Proof of financial need
  • U.S. citizen, eligible non-citizen or permanent resident

Single Parent Scholarships

Single Parent Scholarships are available for newly admitted or currently enrolled UW-Madison undergraduate, graduate or professional students who are single parents.

Criteria:

  • Single-parent students
  • Head of household (or primary economic supporter) as defined by the IRS
  • Recently admitted or continuing UW-Madison student in good academic standing (undergraduate, graduate, or professional)
  • Proof of financial need
  • U.S. citizen, eligible non-citizen or permanent resident
  • Evidence of probable academic success
  • Enrolled in a minimum of nine undergraduate credits or six graduate credits (three for dissertators) each semester

Single Parent Scholarships are supported by The Professor Nancy W. Denney Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Evjue Foundation Inc. the charitable arm of the Capital Times, the AAUW-Madison Branch, The University League, Inc., The Joe Corry and Barbara Weston Corry Scholarship Fund, and other private donors.