King-Morgridge Scholars Program

The King-Morgridge Scholars Program is an exceptional opportunity for incoming international students committed to applying their talents toward poverty alleviation. Selected for their drive, academic success, and commitment to addressing problems of poverty in their own countries, King-Morgridge Scholars will hail from countries in Africa, Latin America, South and Southeast Asia, and the Caribbean.

Eligibility Criteria
Current applicants for undergraduate, freshman admission to the University of Wisconsin. Degree seeking, international students only with high financial need from specific geographic areas. Applicants must intend to return home upon completing their degree. Applicants are not eligible if they have enrolled in and completed university level coursework in their home country. Only Fall applicants are eligible.

How to Apply
To be considered for the King-Morgridge Scholars Program, candidates must submit an undergraduate freshman application for admission to the University of Wisconsin Madison. This should be done prior to applying through the WiSH website. Applicants will be asked to provide a short essay addressing their commitment to working on issues of poverty. A letter of recommendation will be optional, however, strongly suggested.

Selection Criteria
Applicants must have submitted an admissions application by the regular decision deadline and should list their citizenship as being one within the regions of Africa, Latin America, South/Southeast Asia, or the Caribbean. Applicants should also address their commitment to working on issues of poverty in their home country or region.

Award Information
Recipients will receive full funding of tuition and fees, on campus room and board, health insurance, airfare, and a stipend for miscellaneous expenses. Made possible through generous gifts by the King and Morgridge families, this endowed program will provide six scholarships each year.

Conditions of Award
Selected recipients should strive to maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average and must be enrolled full time. There will be additional required program activities and volunteer service expectations.

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International Student Scholarships, King-Morgridge Scholars Program
Supplemental Questions
  1. What is your country of citizenship?
  2. What programs and/or resources have helped you prepare for application to international universities?
  3. Have you enrolled in and completed university level coursework in your home country?
  4. Do you intend to return home upon completion of your degree?
  5. Please describe how you might use a degree from UW-Madison to address issues of poverty and economic or community development in your home country/region. We do not expect you to have a concrete plan of action, but we are interested in hearing about your passions, thoughts, and ideas. Please submit an essay 500-700 words in length.
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