The Mercile J. Lee Scholars Program

Excellence in Scholarship Leadership, and Service
The Mercile J. Lee Scholars Program was 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 Mercile J. Lee Scholars Program is committed to assisting scholars in their pursuit of personal and academic excellence during their undergraduate careers.

Financial Award
The Mercile J. Lee Scholars Program provides full-tuition (resident and non-resident).
Applicants are required to complete a FAFSA 2021-2022 application before financial aid will be awarded.

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
Early Action Priority Consideration Date: November 6, 2020.
To be considered for priority consideration, please submit your application by November 6, 2020. 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, 2021.

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Supplemental Questions
  1. I understand that to be considered for PRIORITY CONSIDERATION I must submit my application by November 6, 2020.
  2. Did you take a gap year after graduating from high school?
  3. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, you must be any of the following underrepresented groups. Please check all that apply.
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