Chancellor's and Powers-Knapp Scholarship Programs

Excellence in Scholarship Leadership, and Service
The Chancellor’s and Powers-Knapp Scholarship Programs were established to attract, support, and develop the abilities and potential of academically talented and outstanding individuals from underrepresented groups (African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Southeast Asian (Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian, Vietnamese) or Socioeconomically Disadvantaged. Scholars benefit from individualized advising, a supportive peer network, leadership development, mentorship opportunities, and more. In addition to the structured support provided by the programs, Scholars also receive a competitive financial award. The Chancellor’s and Powers-Knapp Scholarship Programs are committed to assisting scholars in their pursuit of personal and academic excellence during their undergraduate careers.

Financial Award
The Chancellor’s and Powers-Knapp Scholarship programs provide full-tuition (resident and non-resident). The Chancellor’s Scholarship provides a $400.00 book stipend per semester.

In order to be eligible for consideration, an applicant must:

  • Demonstrate outstanding academic performance in high school (3.0/4.0 minimum GPA)
  • Plan to enroll as a new freshman in the fall after high school graduation
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be any of the following:
  • African American
  • Native American
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Southeast Asian (Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian, or Vietnamese)
  • Socioeconomically disadvantaged

The financial award is renewable for up to eight semesters provided that a scholar remains in good academic standing, actively participates with program activities and events, and serves as a good citizen of the university community.

Selection Process
A committee carefully reviews each application and selects scholars on the basis of their demonstrated academic success in high school, involvement in school/community organizations, leadership skills, and ability to excel in the rigorous educational environment.

How to Apply
Priority Consideration Date: November 18, 2019.
To be considered for priority consideration, please submit your application by November 18, 2019. To apply, please log into Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH) through your student center or log in directly using the ‘My Applications’ tab at the top of this page. Incomplete scholarship applications or applications submitted to the office will not be considered. Applicants are encouraged to submit their application even if they have not yet been admitted to UW-Madison.

Regular Submission Deadline is February 1, 2020

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Full tuition (resident and non-resident)
The Chancellor's and Powers-Knapp Scholarship Programs
Supplemental Questions
  1. I understand that to be considered for PRIORITY CONSIDERATION I must submit my application by November 18, 2019.
  2. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, you must be any of the following underrepresented groups. Please check all that apply.
  3. What best describes your family's residential setting?
  4. If residential setting is farm, please describe the type of farm.
  5. The University of Wisconsin-Madison values and respects the identity, culture, background, abilities and opinion of all individuals and strives to be a diverse and inclusive community. Knowing that our community is strong because of our diversity, the selection committee would like to know how the world you come from has prepared you to contribute to or benefit from campus diversity.
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