Academic Affairs

McGraw Award

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 $500 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 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."

Please select the 2021 McGraw Award for Student Excellence link to learn more about this award.

  • For student applicants the McGraw Award for Student Excellence Application is due to the Dean’s Office for your College.
  • Each College will establish a screening process and submit a maximum of five of the best qualified candidates to the University Selection Committee no later than 12:00 p.m. on March 12, 2021.
  • The University Selection Committee will announce the recipient of the award no later than April 9, 2021.

Please contact Brian Bredeson (, Career & Leadership Development, for further information.


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