Scholarship Opportunities

Inactive Scholarships

The deadline for these opportunities has passed for 2022. Please check back in early 2023 to apply for the 23-24 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.

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.

Belzer Award: provides support to undergraduate students in the Department of Political Science. Preference shall be given to students with financial need and outstanding academic merit.

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.

The following scholarship for the Stanoch Student Research Support Program has its own application HERE. (application is currently closed)

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.

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

Inactive Scholarships

The deadline for these opportunities has passed for 2022. Please check back in early 2023 to apply for the 23-24 academic year.

Annual Applications for College of Letters & Science Scholarships (L&S students only, award range: $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

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 $45,000 (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

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. Awards are paid out in Spring 2022. Must be enrolled in the Spring 2022 to apply. Application Period: December 15, 2022-March 4, 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 (minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA). Essays, transcripts, and recommendations are required. Awards are paid out in Spring 2022. Only candidates with an exemplary record of leadership and service are considered. Application Period: February 10, 2022-March 11, 2022

Troxell-Glicksman Awards (any school or college, varies from $200 – $1,500) This scholarship recognizes extraordinary junior or senior self-identified 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 an interview. Awards are paid out in Spring 2022. See: Nomination Timeline: January 10, 2022-January 28, 2022 || Application Period: February 11, 2022-March 6, 2022

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.