The Wisconsin Regents Opportunity Scholarship is intended to recognize underrepresented and underserved students who have overcome adversity, demonstrated financial need, and possess records of merit that include strong academic performance, significant personal achievements, and service to their communities. The scholarship is awarded through the President’s Office to students who have been admitted to or are currently attending a university in the UW System.

The overall objective in establishing the Wisconsin Regents Scholarship is to provide financial support for deserving students at key points in their educational journeys, as they are being recruited, persisting, or nearing completion of their baccalaureate degrees. Among the important outcomes for this scholarship program will be an increase in the number of underrepresented and underserved students who enroll, persist, and graduate from our UW System universities.

Awards ranging from a minimum of $2,500 to a maximum of $10,000 will be made to undergraduate degree-seeking students from every UW university in the system in recognition of their academic promise, academic progress or their ability to complete their degrees in a timely manner. Each UW university will develop an institutional selection committee to manage the nomination and selection process on their respective campuses. Award recipients will be nominated in one of three categories – recruitment, persistence, and completion. Award recipient nominees will be formally presented to the members of UW System Regents Opportunity Scholarship Committee for final consideration and certification.

2022 Wisconsin Regents Opportunity Scholarship Nominations

Nomination Deadline: TBD

Wisconsin Regents Opportunity Scholarship Award Recipients


It is anticipated that 2021 award recipients will be publicly recognized at a fall 2021 meeting of the Board of Regents in Madison.

News release: UW System awards $1 million in scholarships to 267 students: Awardees are first under new Regents Opportunity Scholarship - Wednesday, July 7, 2021