Scholarships & Grants

SDES Financial Support Services

As a result of socioeconomic status and other structural barriers, many students struggle to finance their education. Most research shows that there is a definitive connection to retention, graduation and financial support. SDES attempts to provide incentives such as grants, fellowships and scholarships to help facilitate improved retention and graduation rates for students.

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The Advanced Opportunity Grant is awarded to graduate students who are African American, Latino, American Indian, and/or Southeast Asian. Both Wisconsin residents and non-residents are eligible, although preference is given to Wisconsin residents. Full-time and part-time graduate students are eligible to apply. The Advanced Opportunity Grant Program has served approximately 40 students annually. The deadlines for this program may differ, please inquire for specific details.

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To download an AOP application click here. Completed applications can be dropped off in the main SDES office, McCutchan 226.


The Jabez Scholarship was established by Dr. Tiffany M. Prather, an alum of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and former director of PreCollege Summer Camps, UW-Whitewater. This scholarship shall be made only to students enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Priority consideration should be given to students who were from the Milwaukee Public Schools and TRIO or DPI PreCollege participants.

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This scholarship was established by Markus J. Watts. He is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is a committed activist in the field of education, community development, and youth advocacy. Watts started his career at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, Office of PreCollege Programs as an academic counselor. His community and civic activities have included; The Helen Bader Foundation's Homework First Initiative, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity Gamma Tau Boule, Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Inc. (Acorn Society), and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (Life Member). This scholarship shall be made only to support students enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, from the cities of Milwaukee, Kenosha or Racine.

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The Paul T. Spraggins, Jr. Scholarship was established by Academic Support Services, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, in recognition of Mr. Spraggins' outstanding administrative services to PreCollege students during his work at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. This scholarship shall be made only to students enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Priority consideration should be given to students who were TRIO or DPI PreCollege participants from Wisconsin urban school districts.

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This scholarship is being made possible by Chancellor Jack Miller. The scholarship shall be made to University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. The scholarship will support a student who actively participated in the PreCollege Programs (Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search, and PreCollege Camps).

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This award is made by the family of the late John W. Ebbott, Helenville, Wisconsin. Mr. Ebbott was a graduate of UW-Whitewater and was the recipient of a distinguished alumni service award in 1956. The award is given to undergraduate students of Mexican or Puerto Rican heritage enrolled at UW-Whitewater who have displayed academic achievement and leadership.

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This scholarship was established by Ramon Ortiz, former Executive Director of PreCollege Programs (2010-2017), University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. This scholarship shall be made only to undergraduate students of Latino heritage enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater who have displayed academic achievement and leadership ability and who have been active in promoting the interest of the Latino heritage.

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The scholarship was established by students, faculty, staff, and alumni of UW-Whitewater, as well as Zeta Iota Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, who have been generous donors of their time, leadership, and resources to UW-Whitewater. This scholarship shall be made only to students enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater who are from the inner city. Inner city would be defined as racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities such as Milwaukee, Chicago, Rockford, Beloit, Racine, Janesville, Kenosha, Madison, etc.

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Each year the King/Chávez Scholars Program hosts a Fundraising Golf Outing. This event is an opportunity for members of the community and friends of University of Wisconsin-Whitewater to provide support that will aid in students' individual support and helps to build an educated workforce that strengthens Wisconsin. There are different levels of sponsorships that have individual amounts of funds tied to them. There is also a raffle that also aids in raising funds for the event. The proceeds of the event are distributed to the King/Chávez Scholar recipients. The deadlines for this program may differ, please inquire for specific details.  

11th Annual King/Chavez Scholars Golf Outing 

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Lawton Undergraduate Minority Retention Grant

The Lawton Undergraduate Minority Retention Grant is housed within the Office of Student Diversity, Engagement and Success. These grants provide funds to undergraduate minority students who are at least sophomore status. Applicants must be African-American, Latino, Native American or Southeast Asian students. Southeast Asian students must be of Vietnamese, Cambodian, Laotian or Hmong heritage. Students must file a FAFSA so financial need can be determined.

Qualifying minorities must be U.S. citizens and Wisconsin residents who are enrolled full time and making satisfactory academic progress. Students who demonstrate financial need must have a grade point average of 2.0 or better.  This grant is limited to 8 semesters and provides between $1,500 and $2,500, depending on the applicant’s grade point average.

Contact the Lawton Grant Coordinator at lawtongrant@uww.edu, 262-472-4656, or stop by 211 McCutchan Hall for applications or additional information.


The McGregory-Gibson Scholarship was established by Richard C. McGregory Jr., MBA, UW-Whitewater, 1992. The scholarship shall be made only to students enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Priority consideration should be given to students from: 1) TRIO or DPI PreCollege participants from Beloit, Wisconsin or other Wisconsin urban school districts; 2) Urban schools in Rockford, Illinois, Gary, Indiana or Chicago, Illinois.

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The Elizabeth S. Orgunsola Scholarship was established to support undergraduate first-generation and/or underrepresented students at UW-Whitewater. Priority consideration is given to students who were TRIO or DPI PreCollege participants from Wisconsin urban school districts.

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