This scholarship was established by Markus J. Watts. Markus J. Watts, a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin is a committed activist in the field of education, community development, and youth advocacy. Watts is the former Chief Executive Officer of V.E. Carter Development Group, Inc. As the former CEO Watts would oversee the day to day operations and strategic planning of an early childhood educational institution established in 1971 by the late Veledis E. and Lorraine P. Carter. Prior to serving as CEO, Watts was the Senior Program Director of OIC of Racine County, Inc., responsible for its TRIO and HIV prevention programs. Watts started his career at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, Office of Pre-College Programs as an academic counselor. His community and civic activities have included; The Helen Bader Foundation's Homework First Initiative, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity Gamma Tau Boule, Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Inc. (Acorn Society), and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (Life Member). This scholarship shall be made only to support students enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, from the cities of Milwaukee, Kenosha or Racine. The annual endowment per student is $1,000.