Wisconsin Women in Government was founded in 1987 to celebrate and support the talented women who choose a career in government service. Generous funding from this organization established the Wisconsin Women in Government Undergraduate Scholarship. The scholarship is designed to inspire women to consider careers in public service, public administration, and government affairs. It is intended to retain students with high financial need.

Each spring, UW System Administration invites students to submit scholarship applications.  The applications received by the deadline are reviewed by an internal scholarship committee and the top six UW applicants are forwarded to the Wisconsin Women in Government Scholarship Committee for final selection of a UW scholarship recipient.

Typically, three scholarships are awarded: one to a student from each sector of higher education in Wisconsin: the UW System, Wisconsin Technical College System, and the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. In previous years the scholarship value has been $3000, but may vary annually.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a female resident of Wisconsin;
  • Have financial need as determined by the applicant’s eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant, The Wisconsin Grant, or Talent Incentive Program (TIP);
  • Be enrolled, at the time of the application, as a full-time or part-time undergraduate student at any of the eligible institutions (University of Wisconsin System, Wisconsin Technical College System, and any in-state private college affiliated with the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities); and
  • Plan to be enrolled as a full-time or part-time undergraduate student at an eligible institution for the fall semester.

Scholarship applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • A minimum 2.0 (C) grade point average;
  • Demonstrated leadership potential, initiative, and excellent communication skills; and
  • Have an interest in public service, government, and/or the political process.