The Chancellor’s Scholarship Program was established in 1984 to increase educational opportunities for academically talented underrepresented ethnic minority – African, Hispanic, Native and Southeast Asian Americans – and culturally disadvantaged undergraduates. The scholarship covers tuition and fees and an annual book award of $800. Scholars also participate in a variety of co-curricular and service activities.
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The program, which is administered by Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director Gloria Hawkins, attracts high school students who consistently graduate in the top 10% of their classes. The impressive accomplishments of students in the program are reflected in a graduation rate of 81% or higher, which exceeds the overall campus population as a whole. In addition, more than half of the program’s graduates pursue graduate/professional degrees, and a significant number of graduates have already emerged as leaders in business, education, medicine, engineering and other professions.
Gift opportunities include annual funding for scholarships, both for Wisconsin residents and non-residents. Annual gifts of any amount are sought and welcomed. In addition, scholarships may be named for the donor or someone the donor wishes to honor. Endowment gifts, also named, are encouraged to help ensure the long-term viability of the program. Gifts at this level provide support for a scholarship in perpetuity, and allow generations of students to realize their educational goals.