First Wave Scholarship Program

Administered by the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI), the First Wave Hip Hop & Urban Arts Learning Community is the first university program in the country centered on urban arts, spoken word and hip-hop culture. It is a four-year, full-tuition scholarship program for hip-hop artists, activists, and scholars.

With the support of affiliated faculty, staff, and artists, First Wave students:

  • develop their craft as part of a high-level artistic community alongside faculty, staff, and nationally renowned spoken word and hip hop artists
  • pursue their academic and career goals by studying fields that merge their artistic interests with professional development
  • engage the community in creative service-learning projects that combine multicultural arts and activism

Full UW-Madison tuition
Anticipated Total

Anticipated total amount over the full term of this award.


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