Richard Ralph Winter Phoenix Rising Humanitarian Scholarship

The Richard Ralph Winter Phoenix Rising Humanitarian scholarship provides a one-time award recognizing humanitarian achievement and service, encouraging excellence and commitment in the application of humanitarian ideals, and affirming the moral obligation to provide for human welfare.

Eligible recipients must be currently enrolled undergraduate College of Letters & Science students beyond their first year at UW-Madison with a strong record of community/humanitarian service. Ideal scholarship candidates exhibit a natural desire to provide for human welfare and a rational compassion for others. Further consideration will be given to candidates who have overcome life or academic challenges and/or have financial need. Completion of FAFSA is recommended. Successful applicants possess the innate qualities of dignity, courage and discipline.

The successful applicant will also have strong recommendation and well written essays. Students must be in and maintain good standing and full-time enrollment in the College of Letters & Science.

This scholarship is made available by the generosity of Charles Manthey Winter and the Richard Ralph Winter Phoenix Rising Humanitarian Scholarship.

Student financial aid packages can be impacted by scholarship awards. It is recommended that students contact the financial aid office to learn about impact on current aid packages.

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Supplemental Questions
  1. (Winter) What is your expected graduation date (Semester/Year)? You must have Junior or Senior academic standing in the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters to be eligible for this award. You must be planning to enroll full-time (12 or more credits) in the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters.
  2. (Winter) Finalists considered for this award will be invited to a required short interview in late February/early March with a small committee. I understand that if I am chosen as a finalist I am required to attend an interview.
  3. (Winter) If selected as the recipient of this award, I understand that I will be given the opportunity to revise and edit my essay prior to submission to the donor. Prompt follow through is imperative.
  4. (Winter) This essay will need to stand on its own as a complete piece of writing. I understand that it is recommeded that I use the resources available at the Writing Center.
  5. (Winter) Please share your definition of humanitarianism and describe any humanitarian area(s) or issue(s) of interest. How would you apply your leadership and humanitarian knowledge and understanding to beneficially affect these area(s) or issue(s)? How, specifically, do you envision contributing to improving human welfare? What activities have strengthened your compassion for others and what activities have contributed to your desire to improve the human condition? Who and/or what has influenced your humanitarian interest? What humanitarian field do you plan to pursue and what career goals you would like to achieve?
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