Scholarships

Students at Graduation

The School of Human Ecology has ongoing scholarship opportunities—the Career and Leadership Development Scholarship and the Senior Thesis Professional Development Scholarship—plus two scholarship award processes:

1) Our annual scholarship cycle that takes place each fall
2) A summer scholarship cycle that is specifically for students doing unpaid and/or out-of-state summer internships for credit.

Consider your timing when exploring these opportunities below.

Ongoing Scholarships
Career & Leadership Development Scholarship

SoHE strongly believes in the value of experiential learning and encourages all SoHE undergraduate students to seek out and participate in professional development opportunities to help them develop and hone career readiness skills prior to graduation. The SoHE Career & Leadership Development Scholarships may be used to support travel to conferences or other career and/or leadership development training opportunities, programs and events that help build career readiness skills and complement the curriculum to further prepare students for their careers post-graduation.

The goal of this scholarship program is to eliminate barriers that may prevent SoHE students and registered SoHE student organization members from engaging in professional development experiences with costs associated with participation; and provide equitable opportunities for students to be able to take advantage of activities that complement their career and leadership development.

Students may apply for funding through this Scholarship at any time during the academic year, however applications must be submitted at least four (4) weeks in advance of an opportunity, in order to allow time for the request to be reviewed and awarding decisions to be made prior to departure dates. SoHE students and student organization members may apply for up to $1,000 (per member, if applying on behalf of an organization) to support costs associated with participating in the activity. However, students should only request the amount needed to cover costs, which may range from $25-1000. Requests may not exceed that amount.

Learn more about eligibility and how to apply.

Senior Thesis Professional Development Scholarship

The senior thesis project in the Textiles & Fashion Design (TFD) program at SoHE is the culmination of a student’s aesthetic, beliefs, and values as a designer and often serves as the highlight of their portfolio.

Since many design-related industries require students to submit a portfolio of their work for consideration for employment, a student’s portfolio should look as professional as possible. In order to achieve this, students often invest a great deal of time, money and effort into their senior thesis project in order to further develop their professional portfolio. Designing and producing a collection can be quite expensive, and students are required to develop a significant body of pieces for their senior thesis project in TFD. For those on a tight budget, coming up with enough cash to purchase materials can be particularly difficult financially. Given each student’s unique financial situation, this may prevent students from developing a collection that represents their full potential, particularly economically disadvantaged students.

The goal of this scholarship program is to provide equitable opportunities for students majoring in TFD to apply for funding to help support the development of a senior thesis collection they are proud to display to potential employers as part of their career development. Students may apply for up to $500 to help support the costs of developing their senior thesis collection. Top applications and/or students with strong financial need may be considered for additional support from the Friends of SoHE.

In order to apply, please see the attached overview of the Senior Thesis Professional Development Scholarship for more information on what is required and apply online by October 15 for Fall graduates, or February 15 for Spring grads.

Fall Scholarship Cycle

SoHE awards up to 50 scholarships each fall for SoHE students. On average, students receive $2,000 per scholarship. Visit the Scholarships@UW-Madison website and filter by "School of Human Ecology" for a complete listing of SoHE's undergraduate scholarships. Please note that not all scholarships are offered each year.

Scholarship Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Student(s) must be enrolled in one of the six School of Human Ecology majors
  • Student(s) must be in good academic standing
  • Student(s) must have full-time student status (12-18 credits) during the fall semester when payments are distributed
  • Incoming freshman at UW-Madison are NOT eligible to apply for SoHE scholarships
Scholarship Application Process

SoHE uses Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH) to promote available scholarships and collect applications. Students will answer a variety of questions and then are matched behind the scenes with scholarships for which they meet the criteria.

The Fall SoHE scholarship application process opens in October and closes on January 1. All current SoHE students will receive an email with more information when the Fall application opens.

The application itself includes:

  • Answers to a variety of matching questions
  • One (1) recommendation - you will solicit one person (preferably a faculty member) to serve as a recommender; this person will answer some questions related to your candidacy for SoHE scholarships
  • Two (2) short essays
Selection Process and Notification

The SoHE Awards Committee reviews applications annually. The committee typically meets during the months of February and March to make decisions. Students are notified regarding the outcome of their application by April. Selection of recipients is based on set scholarship criteria and can include academic achievement, qualifications, financial need, community involvement, leadership experience, career aspirations, and applicable extenuating circumstances.

Payment Distribution

Scholarship recipients receive their financial award during the following fall semester. The scholarship amount is deposited into Student Center 2-3 weeks into the semester. Please note that awards to international students must be paid via the payroll system; therefore, those payments may be delayed. International student awards are also taxed per US law.

Application Assistance

If you have questions on the SoHE scholarship application, please contact the SoHE Scholarship Coordinator at scholarships@sohe.wisc.edu.

Summer Scholarship Cycle

SoHE is proud to offer up to 40 summer scholarships ranging in amount from $1000-$3500 each summer to students engaging in unpaid and/or out-of-state internships for credit in the summer.

Scholarship Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Student(s) must be enrolled in one of the six School of Human Ecology majors
  • Student(s) must have an offer for an unpaid and/or out-of-state summer internship prior to applying for the scholarship
  • Student(s) must have at least junior standing (54+ credits completed) at the time the internship begins
  • Student(s) must enroll in and complete the internship course within their major while engaged in the internship once they are given approval to do so
  • The internship must occur primarily in the months of June-August and provide a minimum of 150 on-site hours
  • The internship must reflect and enhance academic knowledge related to student’s major and discipline and meet the minimum criteria to be considered for credit
  • Student must not have already completed an internship-for-credit or otherwise satisfied the internship requirement within SoHE

For more information about these scholarships, click here.
Summer Internship Scholarship Overview
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Scholarship Application Process

Once open, SoHE students can access the application via the "Visit My Scholarships" link on www.scholarships.wisc.eduThe scholarship application for Summer will open in March.   

The application itself includes:

  • Questions pertaining to students' internship placement
  • 3 short-answer essays
  • Position description for the internship
  • Estimated budget of expenses incurred as a result of the internship (budget guidance is provided in the application)
Selection Process and Notification

Members of the School of Human Ecology Student Academic Affairs & Career Development Office review all applications. Selection of recipients is based on set scholarship criteria and includes factors such as internship location, payment status of internship (paid vs.  unpaid), overall expenses, federal need, etc.

Once award decisions are made, students are notified regarding the outcome of their application by early- to mid-May.

Payment Distribution

Scholarship recipients receive scholarship awards during the summer term. The scholarship amount is deposited into the Student Center 2-3 weeks into the term. Please note that awards to international students must be paid via the payroll system; therefore, those payments may be delayed. International student awards are also taxed per US law.

Application Assistance

If you have questions on the SoHE scholarship application, please contact the SoHE Scholarship Coordinator at scholarships@sohe.wisc.edu.