College of Arts and Communication

The following College of Arts and Communication Scholarships are now an online application process.

CoAC Outstanding Junior
Raymond E & Zenobia R Light Memorial Scholarship
CoAC Promise Endowment
Dahle Family Quasi Endowment Scholarship 

Information and application instructions for the University McGraw Award may be found at
Feel free to contact Becky Smith 472- 1934 or Barbara Grubel 472-1189  with any questions.  

Department specific scholarships are managed by each individual department - please contact the department offices for details. 

College of Arts & Communication Scholarships

CoAC Promise Endowment

This fund was established by UW-Whitewater alumnus Michael J. Cesario’71 to assist meritorious UW-Whitewater students who possess a declared major in the College of Arts and Communication, have demonstrated discernable promise in their craft or area of study, and have financial need. Cesario graduated from UW-Whitewater in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater. He was a member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity and was the first student at UW-Whitewater to design his own major.  The student should be a junior or senior and must provide evidence of financial need (preference given to those who are first generation college students).

Requirement Details:

  • GPA 2.7 (possess and maintained).
  • Junior or Senior in award period.
  • Declared major in CoAC (completed coursework).
  • Financial Need.

Dahle II Family Quasi Endowment Scholarship

In 2007, Mary Dahle Armstrong and Warren Armstrong presented a generous gift to the Dahle Family Memorial Scholarship.  Mary and Warren’s desire was to make a significant impact on students while increasing the size of the endowed fund.  Originally established by Jon Dahle, this memorial scholarship was created to honor the family’s relationship to the university.  His mother, Ann Dahle worked with UW-Whitewater for 29 years, and both Jon and his sister were alumni of the university.  The Dahle Family Memorial Scholarship provides opportunities to students of at least a junior status who have a declared major in Art, Music or Theatre/Dance and have demonstrated significant artistic talent. 3 awards at $7,600 each.

Requirement Details:

  • Each department may pick two (2) candidates to send forward to college committee.
  • At least junior or senior status in award period.
  • Declared major in Department of Art & Design, Music or Theatre/Dance.
  • Full time status during award period.
  • Maintained an overall average GPA of 3.5.
  • Demonstrated artistic ability.


The Schuh Scholarship

Annette ’71 and Dale Schuh established the The Schuh Scholarship to further their intent to encourage participation, appreciation, and excellence in the humanities.  With this scholarship, they make a commitment to serve first-generation college students with potential, providing financial incentives and challenging talented students in the College of Arts and Communication to reach greater heights.  This scholarship shall be made to promising students enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and have a major in the College of Arts and Communication.

Requirement Details:

  • Declared major and registered in the College of Arts and Communication.
  • Maintained an overall average GPA of 3.0.
  • Candidate should show and exemplify promise and potential.
  • Candidate’s need should be balanced by merit.
  • Preference may be shown to first-generation college students.
  • One scholarship will be given to a freshman, sophomore, junior and senior.
  • Freshman scholarship shall be used for recruiting. Have a 3.0 overall in high school GPA.  Shall fill out paper application to department scholarship coordinator.
  • Students are able to re-apply for the scholarship each academic year.

Raymond E & Zenobia R Light Memorial

Through the generosity of Mrs. Raymond Light, the Light family, and friends of former Dean Ray Light, a $1000 scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding student in each of the Departments of Art, Music, and Theatre/Dance.  The award money comes as a $500 tuition remission for the fall and spring term next year unless the recipient has only one semester remaining, in which case the whole $1000 will apply to the fall tuition.

Requirement Details:

  • At least sophomore status.
  • Major in one of the departments of Art and Design, Music, or Theatre/Dance.
  • At least a 3.25 GPA in major and 2.75 GPA overall.
  • Must have completed at least 12 credits in the major at UW-W by the end of application semester.


College of Arts & Communication Outstanding Junior 

This award is presented to the most outstanding junior in the College of Arts and Communication as determined by the Arts and Communication Scholarship Selection Committee.  Typically, a $1000.00 award.


    James R. and Zoe E. Connor

    This scholarship endowment is established in 2007 by James R and Zoe E Connor.  Dr. and Mrs. Connor were instrumental in the growth and development of UW-Whitewater as a strong regional university.  Through Dr. Connor’s work as Chancellor, and Mrs. Connor’s support and involvement of that work, the university many advances were made on campus, including the Young Auditorium and many strong student-centered programs. The donor’s objectives are to support and encourage highly qualified students in the College of Arts and Communication at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater.  This new scholarship will rotate between the college's four academic departments.

    Requirement Details:


    1. Each year a committee will select a qualified student based on a written application.
    2. Recipient must be a College of Arts & Communication degree seeking student majoring in the department that is awarding the scholarship for the next year.
    3. The selection committee will be composed of a member of the Dean's Office, the Chair of the selecting department and a faculty member from that department.
    4. Eligible students must have completed at least 30 credits and have a 3.0 or higher overall GPA. 
    5. In addition to their academic profile, eligible students will also be judged on their campus activities outside the classroom, their community service, and their leadership ability.


    Francine L. Pease Scholarship

    This scholarship was established in 2008 by Francine L. Pease, a long-time advocate for education and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  In addition, through her work as a speech/language pathologist, Francine has helped countless individuals in public and private schools, nursing homes and rehabilitation clinics.  The donor’s objectives are to support and encourage students with potential for success in the College of Arts and Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  This new scholarship will rotate between the college's four academic departments.  The typical award amount shall be $500-$1000.  Francine L. Pease Scholarships may be awarded to more than one recipient but awards shall be no less than $500.

    Requirement Details:

    • The candidate must be a full-time student of at least junior status, having completed at least 60 credits prior to the term in which they receive scholarship funds.
    • The candidate must be a College of Arts & Communication degree seeking student majoring in the department that is awarding the scholarship for the next year.
    • Candidates must be enrolled in classes on campus during the term in which they receive scholarship funds.
    • The Scholarship Committee of the designated department shall review all applications and select the recipient(s).
    • Preference will be given to an applicant(s) who demonstrates potential for success in their major.
    • The selection of the recipient for this scholarship will be based upon the quality of demonstrated performance or achievement in their major. Candidates should include information about performances, exhibitions, productions, honors, awards or any other information that helps demonstrate high quality work. 


    Scholarship Name: Dahle Memorial I

    The Ann Dahle Memorial Scholarship was established by the family of Ann Dahle.  The scholarship supports a student of at least junior status who had declared their major in Art, MAGD, Music, or Theatre/Dance.

    Requirement Details:

    • Declared Major in Art, MAGD, Music or Theatre/Dance.
    • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.5.
    • Demonstration of significant artistic talent in field of study.
    • Demonstration of scholarship.


    Scholarship Name: Jon and Shirley Greenwood

    This scholarship was established by Jon (’68) and Shirley Greenwood.  Jon was a member of the Warhawk concert and marching bands.  Currently he is a trumpet player in the Wausau Symphony, Mosinee & Wausau Community Bands, a 17-piece big band, a German-Czech brass band, and a bugler for the Wausau American Legion Post 10 Honor Guard.

    Requirement Details:

    • Candidate must be an accepted registered student at UW-Whitewater.
    • Candidate must maintain an overall GPA of at least 2.5.
    • Candidate may be a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior at the time of application, but must have a declared major within the College of Arts and Communication.
    • Following factors, listed in weighted order, shall be considered in deciding the relative merit of applicants and final selection.
    1. Leadership potential, as determined by participation in the following activities:
    2. Major within CoAC
    3. Intercollegiate or intramural athletics
    4. Student organization involvement and work experience
    5. Volunteer activities and community service
    6. Cumulative GPA of at least 2.5
    7. Financial Need