William K. Fitch Scholarship Application

The William K. Fitch Scholarship provides a $5,000 grant towards tuition for an undergraduate History major. One Fitch Scholarship will be awarded annually.

Eligibility Criteria
Recipient must be a declared History major. Students who will graduate in spring 2023, summer 2023, or who have already graduated are not eligible to receive this scholarship. The recipient will need to enroll at UW-Madison during the 2023-2024 academic year in order to receive this scholarship. 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 academic/intellectual merit and financial need (as determined by the Office of Financial Aid).

Department of History
Supplemental Questions
  1. What is your expected graduation date? (Month, Year)
  2. Do you intend to enroll at UW-Madison during the 2024-2025 academic year?
  3. What is your History GPA? (you can find this GPA listed in the Major section of your History DARS report)
  4. What coursework have you done that has focused on United States history or considered United States history from a comparative or transnational perspective?
  5. Please submit a 1-2 page essay describing how a particular UW-Madison 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.
  6. Please upload a personal statement (no more than a page) that describes why you are particularly deserving of a scholarship from the Department of History, and how it would benefit your academic career going forward.
  7. Please upload your most up-to-date UW-Madison unofficial transcript here. For instructions on how to do this, go to:

    Request unofficial transcript

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