Wolff Fellowship Award

The Wolff Fellowship program provides an award of approximately $45,000 to an outstanding graduating senior for a year-long travel, service or study-abroad experience. Letters & Science graduates will be empowered to take on a year of travel and service as part of a new fellowship opportunity, made possible by a generous gift from Paul Martin Wolff and Rhea S. Schwartz. Eligible May 2023 graduating seniors must demonstrate not only a proven record of service to the University and community, but also outstanding academic performance.

Eligibility for this award includes: Letters & Science undergraduate degree candidates (for Spring 2023) who have attended UW-Madison for the entirety of their undergraduate careers with a minimum 3.75 cumulative GPA (at the time of application) who have distinguished themselves by demonstrated academic achievement, service to the University and service to the greater world community. Transfer students are ineligible to apply for this opportunity.

Nominations from faculty and staff are solicited each cycle and students may nominate themselves and apply directly for this award.

Upon receipt of required documents, payments will be made on a quarterly basis.

Paul Martin Wolff earned his B.A. in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1963. He went on to build a successful legal career in civil and criminal litigation. He is also a gifted sculptor. Rhea S. Schwartz is an accomplished attorney who remains active in philanthropy during retirement. Together Paul and Rhea established this fellowship to elevate the opportunities available to Letters & Science students. This is the first fellowship of its kind at UW-Madison, and is modeled after similar programs at Harvard University.

An information session is scheduled for Wednesday, November 16, 2022 from 6-7pm. Wolff Fellowship Information Session Registration

Up to $45,000
College of Letters and Science
Supplemental Questions
  1. (Wolff) This generous fellowship awarded by the College of Letters & Science is made possible by the generosity of the Wolff family for a post-graduation experience. I understand upon acceptance of this award I assume full legal and financial responsibility and agree to hold harmless the University, Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System and their respective officers, employees, and agents from any and all related liability, loss, damages, costs, or expenses which do not arise out of the negligent acts or omission of an officer, employee, and agent of the University and/or Board of Regents.
  2. (Wolff) The UW and its employees cannot provide personal tax reporting and preparation advice for legal reasons. Payment recipients should consult the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and their personal tax preparer for applicable taxes and tax reporting of any payments they receive. I understand that if I am selected as a recipient fellow, I will be responsible for determining individual United States income tax liability resulting from the award.
  3. (Wolff) I understand that at the time of application I must have a minimum 3.75 grade point average to be eligible for review.
  4. (LS) What is your expected graduation date? (Month/Year)
  5. (Wolff) What email address will you use after graduation:
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