McMynn Williams First Generation College Student Scholarship

The First Generation College Student Scholarship provides a one-time award to a junior or senior English major in recognition of academic excellence and rising promise as an English scholar. Selected students demonstrate personal strength, commitment to educational achievement and active engagement within the classroom, department, university and community at large.

This scholarship was established in recognition of the financial and unique personal struggles faced by First Generaton students as they navigate the academic landscape.

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 prior to application.

For more general information or questions contact Erin Polnaszek Boyd, Undergraduate Advisor, at

Department of English
Supplemental Questions
  1. Please indicate the number of courses completed for the English major to date, at UW-Madison or another institution, and list the courses by name and course number. (A minimum of 4 courses is required to meet the scholarship eligibility. Please do not apply if you have not completed 4 courses for the English major.)
  2. If you were a transfer student, how many courses transferred into the English major? Please enter 0 if you were a transfer student, but no courses transferred into the major or enter NA if you were not a transfer student. The question MUST have a response.
  3. A minimum 3.0 GPA in the major is required for English department scholarships. What is your current English major GPA (from your DARs report)?
  4. Do you identify as a first-generation college student?
  5. Essay: Answer one of the following questions in a statement of 500 words or less. Indicate which statement you are answering by listing A or B. Option A - Describe a transformative insight you have had as an English major. This may relate to a specific course or area of study in your career as a student. OR Option B - What is the most meaningful way in which your English major coursework has prepared you to engage in the world outside the classroom?
  6. Essay: In 300 words or less, describe how one or more of your out of class experiences (work, volunteer, community engagement, sport, etc) have impacted your life, academic career and future plans.
  7. Work/Service/Volunteer History: Add up to 5 experiences, including the name of the experience, your role and how long you engaged in the experience. Enter in NA for not applicable to complete the required field.
  8. (L&S) I authorize the release of information contained in my student records at University of Wisconsin-Madison to the appropriate scholarship selection committee for the purpose of evaluation and scholarship award selection. This can include high school, other institution, and UW-Madison course and grade information; UW-Madison academic and non-academic actions; test scores; admissions application content and financial aid information.
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