Donald R. Peterson Scholarship

The Donald R. Peterson Scholarship honors its namesake, who was a 1955 graduate of the University of Wisconsin’s Business School and a 1958 graduate of the Law School. Don maintained a long and respected legal career. Specializing in civil litigation defense, Don was a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and was regarded as one of Milwaukee’s best defense attorneys. Don won countless trials during his 57-year legal career, including the last case he ever tried, in 2015 at age 82.

Don received a scholarship when he was a student at the Law School, and was always grateful for it. It was one of Don’s wishes to provide a similar scholarship opportunity for future law students. In honor of Don and in his memory, the family and friends of Don have created the Donald R. Peterson Scholarship Fund to honor the life and career of their beloved husband, father, and friend.

Conditions of Award
To be eligible for this award, you must:

  • Be a full-time, second- or third-year law student in good academic standing
  • Be in the top half of the class
  • Have a strong interest in pursuing a career in civil litigation
  • Although not required, preference will be given to students who graduated from a high school in Wisconsin

This scholarship may impact your financial aid package. Please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid to learn about potential impact on your current aid package.

Law School
Supplemental Questions
  1. In which year of law school are you currently?
  2. Are you enrolled as a full-time student?
  3. What is your current cumulative GPA? (This question is required, unless you have not yet completed your first semester of law school. If you have not yet completed your first semester of law school, please leave this question blank.)
  4. Did you attend high school in Wisconsin?
  5. Please describe your interest in civil litigation.
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