Scholarship Opportunities

Inactive Scholarships

As of March 1st 2023, scholarship applications are closed for the 23-24 academic year. Applications will open for the 24-25 academic year in February 2024.

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.

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.

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 the current 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, transcripts are required. | Next anticipated application Period: December 2023 – February 2024 

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. | Next Anticipated Application Period: November 2023- January 2024

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. Next Anticipated Application Period: January 2024

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. |  Next Anticipated Application Period: February – March 2024

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 2023. Only candidates with an exemplary record of leadership and service are considered. Next Anticipated application Period: Early 2024

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.