The King/Chávez Scholars program was initiated at UW-Whitewater in the fall of 1997. It was designed to complement the array of multicultural programs at UW-Whitewater that serve the interests and needs of first generation or low income students. The King/Chávez Scholars Program is designed to attract exceptional undergraduate scholars at UW-Whitewater. It also reflects the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's commitment to upholding the ideals and expectations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar Chávez.
King/Chávez Scholars will enroll in a three-credit seminar during each of the Fall and Spring semesters. They will investigate critical issues and develop preliminary undergraduate research projects. Based on the quality of these research projects, some scholars will be afforded the opportunity to attend the following conferences: American Multicultural Student Leadership Conference (AMSLC), UW-Whitewater Undergraduate Research Day, and UW System Symposium on Undergraduate Research.
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