Student Diversity, Engagement and Success

King/Chávez Scholars

The King/Chávez Scholars Program is designed to attract exceptional undergraduate students to UW-Whitewater. The King/Chávez 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 King/Chávez 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 2020-2021 Cohort has been filled.

If you have any questions, please email

2020 Fall Transition Program

Our Services

  • Financial Support- Students in the program are awarded a scholarship package worth approximately $2,000/semester.
  • 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

  • Fall 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.

Activities and Coursework

The King/Chavez Scholars Program is designed to attract and retain exceptional undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds, while engaging them in high impact educational practices and experiences that will adequately prepare them to be leaders that inspire, engage, and transform the UWW campus community and the world.

The Fall Transition Program assist students in their transition from high school to college through a comprehensive summer residential experience and provides them with a peer group for academic and social reinforcement. Specifically, the King/Chavez Scholars Fall Transition Program allows students to:

  • Move in early to residence hall to acclimate to their new living environment before classes begin
  • Build relationships with fellow scholars and peer‐mentors that provide a sense of social support and enrichment
  • Gain knowledge regarding positive growth mindset, college‐level academic skill development, and how to maximize the classroom experience
  • Discuss benefits of research, student employment and high impact educational practices during college
  • Learn the rights and responsibilities of living and learning on a college campus in order to build self‐efficacy and empowerment.
  • Develop a sense of belonging through connections with faculty and administrative leadership and discussing issues relevant to traditionally underrepresented students
  • Engage in holistic wellness activities including (personal and financial wellness) to improve the quality of life for students during their college experience.

This learning community engages freshman scholars in their personal and academic development.

The King/Chavez Learning Community is a core group of King/Chávez Scholars who live in the residence halls together, take courses together, and participate in a variety of community building activities. The King/Chávez Scholars learning community promotes academic and cultural development as well as positive networking skills. Scholars engage in a variety of activities including trips to Chicago, attending theatrical events, group study nights and other exciting programs. Our scholars most enjoy the family-like foundation that the support of the learning community provides, which eases the transition from high school to college and provides scholars the opportunity to create lifelong bonds and friendships.

To learn more about learning communities visit the First Year Experience Website HERE


FALL 2019


This course examines major trends in the economic, political, and sociocultural history of the world since the nineteenth century. Students are encouraged to draw on multiple perspectives to develop a comparative framework for understanding the origins of current global issues and the changing role of the US in the world.



An introductory course covering the history, structure and functioning of American national government and its relation to state and local government.



This class stresses the understanding and utilization of a “system” of active learning for the participants of the King/Chavez Scholars Program. Students will learn fundamental research skills and develop habits for academic success as well as discuss the concept of culturally relevant leadership as students in higher education.


 Fall 2019 calendar coming soon


Looking to give back? Join us for our annual golf outing!
Save the Date: 13th Annual King/Chavez Golf Outing on Friday, June 19, 2020

Outing Website:

Eligibility Information

The King/Chávez Scholars Program is a merit based scholarship program. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, students must be first time, new freshman who are traditionally underrepresented in undergraduate education. In addition, applicants with a minimum 20 ACT score and a  3.00 GPA or above are given priority. Special consideration is given to first generation college students and students who have significant financial need. UW-Whitewater at Rock County students are not eligible to apply. 

Application Instructions

The scholarship application is comprised of two components: 1) Application and 2) Personal Goal Statement (questions provided on application). 

Please send the completed written application to the following address: 

King/Chávez Scholars Program

800 West Main Street

McCutchan Hall 220

Whitewater, WI 53190

The application can be completed ONLINE here. *All spots have been filled. 2021-2022 Applications will be available soon.  

Application Deadline Information

All spots have been filled. 2021-2022 applications will be available soon.  Scholarship applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, meaning the sooner you complete your application, the better. Any decisions made regarding an application will be sent to a student UW-Whitewwater email account.

King/Chávez Fall Transition Peer Mentors

Student Diversity, Engagement, and Success is looking for motivated and committed student role models to work during the King/Cháves Fall Orientation and Transition Program with the new incoming King/Chávez Cohort. Under the supervision of the King/Chávez Director & Coordinator, Peer Mentors are responsible for supervision and engagement in all activities, workshops, and programmed events with the Freshman students.  We are looking for leaders who are committed to making a positive impact in the lives of the new King/Chávez Scholars. Peer Mentors will provide guidance during the cultural/academic programming, as well as monitoring during recreational events stay in the residence halls during the evening/night hours, and general problem solving throughout the fall orientation and transition program. 

Mentorship and Leadership Expectations

  • Represent King/Chávez Program and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in an appropriate and professional manner.
  • Provide appropriate engagement with students and encouraging peer on peer relationships to will build them up for their academic year.
  • Interact with Freshman students during summer orientation programs, group peer mentorship meetings, games, and activities.
  • Promote SDES events and programs while encouraging participation in campus-wide programs and high impact practices (HIPs)


  • Early move-in for those living on campus
  • Meals during the Fall Transition Program
  • $400-$500 stipend


  • Must be enrolled at least part time at UW-W and in good academic standing
  • Experience at working both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment is essential
  • Attention to detail as it relates to communication and teamwork. 
  • Ability to keep confidentiality, handle sensitive information is necessary 
  • Leadership experience on campus or other related work experiences.


Application can be filled out online here: 2021-2022 Applications will be available in Spring 2021

A complete application will consist of the online applicatiom, a cover letter, and a resume. 

If you have any questions regardoing the application or process, please email

Program Staff

John Dominguez Jr.


McCutcahn 225

Phone: (262) 472-5330


Keith Malueg

Graduate Coordinator

McCutchan 220

Phone: (262) 472-1643


Schedule an Appointment

Advisory Council

  • Courtney Luedke, Ph.D.
  • Ozalle Toms, Ph.D.
  • Richard McGregory, Ph.D.
  • Roger Pulliam, Ph.D.
  • Andre Douglas, M.S.
  • Kenny Yarbrough, Th.D., CDP