The McGraw Award is the university's top student award. Arthur McGraw, former dean of the School of Graduate Studies, created the award in 1985 to honor outstanding student achievement. The award is presented annually with the recipient receiving a $400 honorarium.
To be eligible, a student must have completed 60 credits from UW-Whitewater with a minimum grade point average of 3.5 in their major and be actively involved in university and community organizations. A 10-member selection committee reviews the applicants.
McGraw suggested the award should recognize "an outstanding, well rounded UW-Whitewater graduate ready for the world of professional work and one who potentially appears ready to contribute in a positive way to society."