Student Diversity, Engagement and Success

King/Chávez Scholars

Our Program History and Overview

The King/Chávez Scholars Program is designed to attract exceptional undergraduate students to UW-Whitewater. The K/C program provides students with a comprehensive first year experience through participation in a residential Learning Community, connected courses and exposure to High Impact Educational Practices. Initiated at UW-Whitewater in the fall of 1997, the K/C program has a long history of producing leaders on campus and beyond as alum. 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.

Our Services

  • Financial Support - Students in the program are awarded a scholarship package worth approximately $4,000.
  • Transition Assistance - The King/Chávez Scholars Program prepares students for the transition from high school to college and provides them with a peer group for academic and social development. The program also allows students to develop a relationship with a faculty/staff mentor and introduces students to undergraduate research opportunities, as well as other high impact educational practices
  • Student Engagement - Students receive specialized advising, networking opportunities, and connections to internship opportunities.

Program Outline

  • Summer Transition Program: Scholars will move into the residence halls the week prior to the start of the fall semester. Scholars will have a comprehensive summer residential experience on the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater campus.
  • Learning Community: Scholars will live and study with one another in a designated residence hall throughout the entire academic year. In a Learning Community, scholars will take courses together and have a faculty or staff member lead them through their first year of college.
  • Co-Curricular Programming: Scholars will engage in various activities outside the classroom to prepare them to excel in college including attending academic lectures, cultural enrichment activities, and exposure to careers with advanced degrees.

Academic Year Outline

King/Chávez Scholars will enroll in a 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.

King/Chávez Scholar Highlights

Congratulations to Rasheed Goodman and Abraham Alvarez for advancing to Round Two of the Foxconn Smart Cities-Smart Futures Competition on December 13th, 2018!

KC Scholars are featured in the Beloit Daily News for their work with children in the Pen Pal Project.

The KC Scholars presented their preliminary research proposals at the KC Poster Symposium on December 6, 2018.

KC Scholars had the opportunity to meet Mr. James Meredith, the first African American admitted to the University of Mississippi in 1962, at the NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet in October 2018.