Student Diversity, Engagement and Success

Fund for Wisconsin Scholars

Information About the Grant:

Fund for Wisconsin Scholars was founded by John and Tashia Morgridge. John and Tashia wanted to help students who could not afford college to have the opportunity to attend and be successful in their college careers and decided to create this grant. The grant is here to help reduce the financial barriers to college and to lighten the debt that most Wisconsin students incur during their college years. Lastly, Fund for Wisconsin Scholars provides grants that open the door to a better world, helping ensure that higher education is accessible and affordable, and that degree completion is achieved. More information on the grant can be found at

Information About the Student Mentor Program:

The program provides a resource and sense of community for grant recipients. The whole purpose of the grant is to relieve students from financial burdens when attending college. The mentor program is designed to further enhance the retention rates of the recipients by creating a bond between the mentor and the students. Each month, the students are encouraged to attend a social to get to know their peers, get involved, and develop a stronger sense of belonging.


We provide need-based grants to graduates of Wisconsin public high schools attending Wisconsin public colleges to support their access to and completion of college. The Fund for Wisconsin Scholars will help reduce the financial barriers to college and lighten the debt that many Wisconsin students incur during their college years by providing need-based grants.


We believe that in this global, knowledge-based economy, the intellectual capacity of all persons has value. We believe that increasing the number of citizens who complete post-secondary education will improve the quality of life for Wisconsin citizens by benefiting both the individual and society.


Our vision is to ensure the opportunity for generations of young people to further their education. We are committed to helping ensure that higher education is more accessible and affordable and that degree completion is realized with greater frequency. Our mission, vision and beliefs will help address these critical challenges facing Wisconsin:

  • Creating well-paying jobs
  • Increasing financial resources for Wisconsin students to attend college
  • Increasing educational opportunity for Wisconsin citizens
  • Increasing the number of Wisconsin citizens completing bachelor’s degrees
  • Improving the college preparedness of all Wisconsin students

What is the Fund for Wisconsin Scholars (FFWS)?

The FFWS is a private foundation established in 2007 by a founding gift of $167 million from John P. and Tashia F. Morgridge. It provides need-based grants to talented graduates of Wisconsin public high schools attending a public university in Wisconsin. The grants are gifts and do not need to be repaid.

Why has this grant come about?

We want to help make college more accessible and affordable for Wisconsin students.

The growing affordability gap means that many able students simply cannot afford college. Many others who do attend accrue overwhelming debt. The purpose of the FFWS is to increase graduation rates while reducing the financial barriers to college and lightening the debt that most Wisconsin students incur during their college years.

Is this only for students attending public institutions?

Yes. These grants are for graduates of Wisconsin public high schools who are attending a public post-secondary school in Wisconsin. Because of the cost difference between public institutions and private schools, the grants will have a greater impact in the public schools

How will students apply for these grants?

Students do not need to apply for FFWS grants. They are eligible to become a grant recipient based on criteria established by FFWS, which include being a PELL recipient, recently graduating from a public high school and attending a University of Wisconsin (UW) school full-time. The grants will be awarded to eligible students through a random selection process conducted at the Higher Education Aids Board (HEAB). These grants will be in addition to the state and federal grants that many students are already receiving. The grants will be distributed to eligible students through the University of Wisconsin System four-year schools and the Wisconsin Technical College System schools.

Contact Us
  • Christina Malone - Graduate Coordinator
  • McCutchan Hall 209