Scholarship Opportunities

Future Scholarship Opportunities

The deadline for these opportunities has passed for 2020. Please check back in early 2021 to apply for the 21-22 academic year.

Judith Hicks Stiehm Award  is to provide support to an undergraduate studying political science (not necessarily a major), to be used for tuition or to provide funding for an opportunity that will enhance learning (e.g., internship, travel, or research); preference to Wisconsin resident; award based on significant financial need; awardee must have at least a C+ average. The application must include evidence of financial need. Including your financial aid award statement is helpful, but only an explanation of financial need is necessary.  If you wish to use the award for funding research or some other opportunity, you must provide a brief (no more than one page) description of your project/opportunity with your application. If you are working with a faculty sponsor or university program, please include that information as well.

Stanoch Family Scholarship is established by UW political science alumnus John Stanoch. The scholarship will support a student with financial need, preferably from Minnesota.

Stanoch Student Research Support Program provides a stipend for an undergraduate student and a graduate student to engage in research during the summer. The summer is a critical period for students to make significant progress on their research or engage in parts of their research extended travel for example that might not be possible during the academic year due to other commitments. Stanoch Undergraduate Research Scholar: One undergraduate student per year would receive a stipend to work with a faculty mentor on a faculty research project. The Scholar would learn what research is and how it is conducted within political science by working with a faculty member on that professor’s research project. The student will develop research skills and learn the research process through significant hands-on participation in that process. The Scholar will be expected to work half time on the research project (about 20 hours per week across ten weeks). The Scholar will be required to send a summary of the research completed to the Stanoch Family. The Scholar will be encouraged to participate in the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium or a similar event. Students who are political science majors and are in the summer following their freshman; sophomore; or junior years are eligible. A written one-page letter explaining why the student is seeking this opportunity and describing the project he/she will be working on and a short description of the student s expected research tasks is required for consideration. The Scholar will be selected not on the basis of the content of the professor’s research project; but on the student’s potential to be significantly engaged in that project.

Steve Brenton Health Policy Scholar Award provides support to an undergraduate student majoring in Political Science in honor of alumnus Stephen Brenton (BA 76). Eligible candidates must be a declared Wisconsin resident, Political Science major with sophomore or higher status, with at least a 3.0 GPA. Preference will be given to students interested in health policy. Applicants will be encouraged in their application letter to discuss any coursework, internships, employment, or research they have done related to health care policy. Applicants will also write a short essay (1000-3000 words) responding to a question/topic on a health care policy issue.

Thomas L.W. Johnson Scholarship Fund is in the memory of Thomas L.W. Johnson. This scholarship is need based and is for an out-of-state, political science major with sophomore standing or higher. Thomas L.W. Johnson served as Department Commander of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Grand Army of the Republic. This organization was committed to remembering and honoring Union and all U.S. veterans; preserving and studying our country’s history; patriotism and patriotic education.

If you have any questions about Political Science-specific scholarships, please contact Rachel Margolies at

Active Scholarships:

Applications at Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH):

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 second or third year students and have a strong record of community/humanitarian service. Recommendations are required. Finalists are required to participate in an individual interview.

This scholarship is made available by the generosity of Charles Manthey Winter and the Richard Ralph Winter Rising Phoenix Humanitarian Scholarship.

Application open through January 20th, 2021.

Annual Application for College of Letters & Science Scholarships (L&S only, $500 – $3,500) Over 100 scholarships are awarded each cycle.  Current first year students and current sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 and who plan to enroll for the 2020-2021 year can apply for a variety of scholarships. Applicants must 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. Students apply using one application and are considered for all opportunities. Essays, activity/involvement records, transcripts, and a recommendation are required.

Application open through February 15, 2021.

Inactive Scholarships:

The deadline for these opportunities has passed for 2020. Please check back in early 2021 to apply for the 21-22 academic year.

Mathea Helen and Lawless Louis Mollere Pre-Medicine Scholarship (L&S only, up to $10,000) This opportunity provides scholarship to a College of Letters & Science junior or senior with financial need pursuing medical school or graduate study. Applicants must be 2nd or 3rd year students at the time of application, have excellent academic records and demonstrate progress in pre-med course work. Recommendations are required. 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.

Ginsburg Family Undergraduate Excellence Award (L&S only, $1,000) This award (formerly known as the Meyerhoff 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.

Troxell-Glicksman Awards – (any school or college, varies from $200 – $1,500) This scholarship recognizes extraordinary junior or senior women 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:

Paul R. Ebling Scholarship Pre-Medicine Scholarship (any school or college, up to $5,000) This scholarship supports a senior planning to attend the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. Recipients must be Wisconsin high school graduates, have an excellent academic record, be a current Senior, have demonstrated service to the campus and/or Madison community. Additionally, 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.

2020 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.

Tommy G. Thompson Leadership Scholarship (any school or college, up to $2,300) This scholarship recognizes undergraduates who have exemplified public leadership in their lives in a way that reflects the general legacy of Governor Tommy G. Thompson. Awardees will be academically excellent, demonstrate leadership during their college experience with plans to continue to lead in the future and reflect Governor Tommy Thompson’s spirit.

Additional information about College of Letters & Science Scholarships is available at: For questions about the application and award process, please email or call 608-262-4852.

Student financial aid packages can be impacted by scholarship awards. Students are recommended to contact the financial aid office to learn about potential impact on current aid packages at 608-262-3060.