William K. Fitch Scholarship

The William K. Fitch Scholarship provides a one-time grant award of $5,000 towards tuition ($2,500 per semester) for an undergraduate History major. One Fitch Scholarship will be awarded annually.

Eligibility Criteria
Eligible recipient must be a declared History major, with a 3.3 GPA in the major and a 3.0 GPA overall. Students must submit a FAFSA to the Financial Aid Office. Graduating Seniors are not eligible. Both in-state and out-of-state students may apply.

Selection Criteria
Preference will be given to history majors with coursework that focuses on U.S. history or who have completed coursework that offers comparative & transnational perspectives on U.S. history. Applicants will be considered on the basis of a combination of financial need and academic/intellectual merit (financial need will be determined by the Office of Financial Aid).

Conditions of Award
The recipient of a William K. Fitch Scholarship will be required to submit a thank you letter to our donors before the award will be disbursed.

How to Apply
Visit the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH) to search and apply for Department of History scholarships by logging in
to your WiSH dashboard or by using the Sign In button in the top-right corner of your screen.

Department of History
Supplemental Questions
  1. Do you have at least a 3.3 GPA in your History classes?
  2. What coursework have you done that has focused on US history or considered US history from a comparative or transnational perspective?
  3. Please upload a personal statement (no more than a page) that describes why you are particularly deserving of this scholarship, and how it would benefit your academic career going forward.
  4. Please submit a 1-2 page essay describing how a particular UW history course has played a significant role in realizing the Wisconsin Idea as described: One of the longest and deepest traditions surrounding the University of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Idea signifies a general principle: that education should influence people's lives beyond the boundaries of the classroom. Synonymous with Wisconsin for more than a century, this "Idea" has become the guiding philosophy of university outreach efforts in Wisconsin and throughout the world. The University of Wisconsin-Madison will be a model public university in the 21st century, serving as a resource to the public and working to enhance the quality of life in the state, the nation, and the world... In partnership with the state and with colleagues around the world, the university's faculty, staff, and students will identify and address many of the state's and the world's most urgent and complex problems.
  5. Please upload your most up-to-date unofficial transcript. For instructions on how to do this, go to:

    Request unofficial transcript