Friday, December 9, 2016

Liberal Education and America's Promise Essay Contest

i. Prompt: The legendary peace activist Mahatma Gandhi, a five-time Nobel
Prize nominee, insisted that “you must be the change you wish to see in
the world." Nelson Mandela, a Nobel Prize winner, pointed to the
importance of education in helping "you" bring about this change:
"education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world."
With these two statements in mind, discuss how your liberal arts education
is preparing you to be an effective agent of the change you wish to see in
the world.

ii. Deadline: February 10, 2017

iii. One finalist ($1,000), one runner up ($500)

iv. See for the application

Welton Summer Sophomore Apprenticeship Research Grant

Are you interested in research on campus, but not sure where to start? Are you currently working with a faculty member on research, and looking for a way to continue your progress over the summer? The Welton Summer Sophomore Apprenticeship Research Grant is the perfect opportunity to get involved with research for the first time, or to build on your current experience, by working with a faculty member over the summer.

Who is eligible?
Students complete an apprenticeship either in the summer between their first and second years, or their second and third years.

What is the apprenticeship?
Through the generosity of the Welton Family Foundation, the Brittingham Trust, and the Knapp Bequest Fund, apprentices are paid a $2500 stipend to work with a faculty member. That faculty member agrees to teach you about how to do research, and you get valuable experience!

 How do I apply?
1. Attend one of three information sessions in the Washburn Observatory conference room.
Friday, December 16, 2016  11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Fall semester study day)
Monday, January 23, 2017  12:20-1:20 p.m.
Thursday, January 26, 2017 3:15-4:15 p.m. 

2. Identify a faculty mentor. The application is a joint application between you and the faculty member, so it helps to identify someone early on. Not sure who to ask? The information sessions will also have helpful pointers on identifying willing faculty mentors.

3. Apply by Wednesday, March 8, 2017 before 11:59 p.m. The application will be available at in early January.

Contact Matt Kohlstedt at with questions or to set up a separate meeting time if you are unable to attend any of the info sessions. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Come Chat with the Honors Faculty Director

An invitation from the Honors Faculty Director Sabine Gross:

Thursday, December 15, 3:30-5 pm: “The Director is in” – stop by Washburn Library to chat with Sabine and catch her up on what – and how – you’re doing! (You don’t need special Director’s hours to do so; anytime the door is open to the Director’s office room 110 Washburn, you’re invited to say Hi and find out if there’s time for a chat!)

I’m looking forward to seeing you!

Study Cafe Fall 2016

Scholarship Opportunities for Continuing Students

Paul R. Ebling Scholarship (any school or college)
This $5,000 scholarship supports a current junior or senior planning to attend the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. Recipients must be Wisconsin high school graduates.  Applicants must have excellent academic records, be a current 3rd or 4th year Junior or Senior, and have demonstrated service to the campus and/or Madison community. Recommendations are required.  This scholarship will be paid out in Spring 2017.

Apply here by January 9, 2017.

Mathea Helen and Lawless Louis Mollere Pre-Medicine Scholarship (L&S only)
This scholarship provides up to $9,000 scholarship to a Letters & Science junior or senior with financial need pursuing medical school or graduate study.  This is for payment during the 2017-2018 academic year.  Applicants must be 2nd or 3rd year students at the time of application.
Eligible students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0; be taking pre-med course work; and have financial need.  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.

Apply here by January 9, 2017.

2017 Liberal Arts Essay Competition (any school or college)
This annual  competition requires submission of an essay through Scholarships@UWMadison on a different topic each year related to the liberal arts.  There is a $1,000 prize to the winning entry and $500 prize to a runner-up. Eligible applicants must be enrolled undergraduates from any school or college who have a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade point average. The prize is paid out in

Apply here by February 10, 2017.

2017 Richard Ralph Winter Phoenix Rising Humanitarian Scholarship (L&S only)
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. The selected student would receive an award of $2,500 paid out in the Fall 2017 term.

Eligible students must be second or third year students and have a strong record of community/humanitarian service. The ideal scholarship candidate should exhibit a natural desire to provide for human welfare and a rational compassion for others. Further consideration will be given if the candidate has overcome life or academic challenges and/or has financial need. Finally, the recipient should possess the innate qualities of dignity, courage and discipline.

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

Apply here by March 1, 2017.

Meyerhoff Undergraduate Excellence Award (L&S only)
This $1,000 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. A minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA is required for the Letters & Science award.  Only candidates with an exemplary record of leadership and service will be considered for this award.  Award is paid out in May 2017.

Application period: January 17, 2017 – March 1, 2017
Application will be available at