The Fall Transition Week assists students from their transition from high school to college through a comprehensive preperation experience and provide them with a peer group for academic and social reinforcement.
Students in the program are awarded a scholarship package worth approximately $2,500/semester!
Students receive specialized advising, networking opportunities, and connections to internship opportunities.
The King/Chávez Scholars Program is designed to attract exceptional incoming* undergraduate students to UW-Whitewater. The King/Chávez program provides students with a comprehensive first year experience through participation in a residential living experience, 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 alums. 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.
*student is currently in their final year of high school when applying.
Any new applicants will be placed on a waitlist or referred to other available bridge programs.
If you have any questions, please email KCScholars@uww.edu
The Fall Transition Week is an event that happens the week before the first week of classes at UW-Whitewater. The week is designed to prep incoming students for their first semester of college. Students have the chance to meet new people, meet faculty and staff, build connections, and learn about important campus resources. Some of the other benefits include:
- Moving into the residence halls early
- Connecting with a student mentor
- Free meals during the week
The Fall Transition Week is packed full with many seminars and info sessions to help prepare students to succeed during the fall semster and beyond. To view what the Fall Transition Week has looked like in previous years, you can view a highlight video and the schedules below.
This course is designed to help facilitate a positive adjustment to the first year of college through the development of both written and oral communication skills, critical thinking skills, and group presentation skills. Students will: explore the purposes of higher education and its potential outcomes, as well as develop skills of social interaction, self-awareness, and personal development.
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.
The central concern of this course is to provide the student an awareness of the political development of racial and ethnic minorities in today's political arena. It will compare and contrast the development of the white ethnic communities of the 19th and 20th centuries with our modern day racial and ethnic minorities.
The emphasis of this course is on undergraduate research and the development of preliminary research projects. Students will develop critical thinking skills, reading strategies, research writing skills, as well as design and structure their own research proposal and poster.
Students that are admitted into the King/Chávez Scholars program are awarded the King/Chávez Scholarship. The scholarship is worth $5,000 and includes a meal plan. In order for students to maintain their scholarship, they must actively participate in and complete the following requirements of the King/Chávez Scholars Program:
Meal Plan Waiver*
* Meal Plan Waiver based on 14 meals/week and $50 Dining Dollars plan. If a student selects a plan below the amount, they are not refunded the difference. If a student selects a higher amount, they will have to cover the extra charges.
The King/Chávez Scholars Program is a merit-based scholarship program. In order to be eligible for the program, students must be a first semester incoming freshmen, an underrepresented minority, and have a minimum of a 3.00 GPA. Because UW-Whitewater is not currently requiring ACT scores for admissions, the King/Chávez Scholars Program is not requiring a minimum ACT score. Special consideration is given to first generation college students and students who have significant financial need. UW-Whitewater at Rock County students and Pathways for Success students are not eligible to apply.
The scholarship application consists of two components: 1) Application and 2) Typed interview question responses.
Please send completed written application to the following address:
King/Chávez Scholars Program
800 West Main Street
McCutchan Hall 220
Whitewater, WI 53190
Applications are closed, however, you may still apply. Apply here.
Applications will remain open until all spots have been filled. Any further applicants will either be waitlisted or referred to other bridge programs.
The application will remain open until the KC Cohort for the 2022-2023 year is filled. A committee will review applications every two weeks. Any decisions made regarding an application will be sent to a student's personal and UW-Whitewater email accounts.
An incoming freshman is a student who is in their last year of high school and/or is about to enter college for the first time (retro credits excluded)
An incoming freshman is not:
A First Generation Student is a student whose parents did not complete a baccalaureate degree (bachelors degree/4-year degree).
Students who demonstrate exceptional financial need and have not earned a bachelor's, graduate, or professional degree may be eligible for the Pell Grant. The Pell Grant is a federal grant that does not have to be repaid and is based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students who have applied for FAFSA can view the grants, scholarships, and/or loans they are being offered on their Award Letter from UW-Whitewater. To learn more about the Pell Grant, you can visit the Federal Student Aid Pell Grant website.
Student Diversity, Engagement, and Success is looking for motivated and committed student role models to work during the SDES Summer Bridge Programs with the new incoming King/Chávez Cohort and SDES students. Under the supervision of the King/Chávez Director & Diversity Network 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 scholars. Team Leaders will provide guidance during the cultural/academic programming, as well as monitoring during recreational events during the evening/night hours, and general problem-solving throughout the summer bridge program. Team Leaders must be committed to being present during trainings and the on-campus transition week (August 26th for training and August 28th - September 3rd for transition week) for both programs and attend all sessions. Each Team Leader will be responsible for a group of 6-7 students and must ensure their students attend and participate in each session throughout the week and also lead book discussions.
***Students that are Resident Assistants, FYE Peer Mentors, or have other on-campus jobs that have training/job responsibilities during the week of August 28th - September 3rd are not able to apply due to not being able to commit to being present at all sessions for the week.
The SDES Warhawk Summer Bridge Program is a summer long program that is designed to help 15 underrepresented students gain the skills needed for a successful transition to college. Bi-weekly workshops beginning in June will helps these students learn about college writing, email etiquette, navigating WINS and Canvas, time management, and other successful skills. For the last week of the summer, these students get to move into their residence halls and experience an on-campus transition. During this week, students will get the opportunity to learn about on-campus resources, programs, and connect with faculty, staff, and other students.
The Summer Bridge Fall Transition Week is a one-week-long program that is designed to help the incoming UW-Whitewater students gain the skills required for a successful transition to college. Students will get to move into their residence halls and experience an on-campus transition. During this week, students will get the opportunity to learn about on-campus resources, programs, research opportunities, and connect with faculty, staff, and other students.
Application can be filled out online here: SDES Summer Team Leader Application
A complete application will consist of the online application, a cover letter, and a resume.
The application deadline is May 1st, the following week applicants will be contacted for an interview. Applicants will be notified before June 1st of their status.
If you have any questions regarding the application or process, please email KCScholars@uww.edu.
John Dominguez Jr.
Phone: (262) 472-5330
Graduate Assistant - KCScholars@uww.edu
Undergraduate Coordinator - KCScholars@uww.edu
Undergraduate Coordinator - KCScholars@uww.edu