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 but we are still accepting applications for our wait list.
If you have any questions, please email KCScholars@uww.edu.
Students in the program are awarded a scholarship package worth approximately $2,000/semester!
Students receive specialized advising, networking opportunities, and connections to internship opportunities
The Summer Orientation assists students from their transition from high school to college through a comprehensive summer residential experience and provide them with a peer group for academic and social reinforcement
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.
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 Summer 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 Summer Transition Program allows students to:
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
GENED 120 HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES (GH) - 3 Units
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.
UNREQ: GENED 120/GENED 120EX
POLISCI 141 AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS - 3 Units
An introductory course covering the history, structure and functioning of American national government and its relation to state and local government.
INTRAUNV 296B: KING/CHAVEZ RESEARCH SEMINAR – 1 Unit
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.
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
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.
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.
Applications are still available and will be accepted until all spots within the cohort are filled. 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.
Student Diversity, Engagement, and Success is looking for motivated and committed student role models to work during the King/Cháves Summer Orientation and Transition Program with the new incoming King/Chávez Cohort. Under the supervision of the King/Chávez Director & Coordinator, Team Leaders 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. Team Leaders 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 summer orientation and transition program.
Application can be filled out online here: KC Team Leader Application
A complete application will consist of the online applicatiom, a cover letter, and a resume. Interviews will be conducted during July 2020.
If you have any questions regardoing the application or process, please email KCScholars@uww.edu.
Learning Community Coordinator – John Dominguez Jr.
Graduate Assistant – Adah Muwonge
Graduate Coordinator - Keith Maleug
Peer Educators – firstname.lastname@example.org
Office: McCutchan Hall 220
Phone: (262) 472-1643