Scholarships & Financial Aid

There are two basic types of financial aid – gift aid and self-help aid. Scholarships and grants are forms of gift aid as these are sources of aid that typically do not need to be repaid, provided the enrollment period is completed. Self-help aid refers to sources of aid that the student needs to either earn or pay back. Loans and Federal Work Study are forms of self-help aid.

For more information visit UWM’s Department of Financial Aid.

University-Wide Aid

Federal & Wisconsin Grants
Loans
New Freshmen University-Wide Scholarships
Undergraduate Research
UWM Private Scholarships
Work Study

Midwest Residence Savings

UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts participates in the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP), which awards reduced tuition rates to residents of Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, and North Dakota.

Illinois residents save even more with an automatic $1,000 Milwaukee Advantage Award.

Minnesota residents are eligible for the Minnesota Reciprocity program and are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Department Scholarships

Art & Design

The Department of Art & Design distributes more than $55,000 in scholarships and fellowships to incoming and continuing students at the undergraduate and graduate level each year.

Questions: art-scholarship@uwm.edu

Incoming Undergraduate students are awarded scholarships through the portfolio review process. Scholarships for students entering their sophomore year are awarded through the First Year Program.

Continuing Undergraduate students entering their junior and senior years may participate in two annual competitions: the Sophomore Competition and the Junior Competition.

Graduate students are eligible for Advanced Opportunity Program Fellowships, Chancellor’s Graduate Student Awards, Layton Fellowships, and Layton Research and Travel Awards. To learn more and apply, see Types of Funding for more information.

Art Education undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students are eligible to apply for support through our ArtsECO Scholars program.


Lee Ann Garrison Sketchbook/Journal Award

Lee Ann Garrison, Anonymous Donors

Criteria: Undergraduate students recognized for sketchbook/journal practices at the annual sophomore scholarship award competition

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $200–$250 2 No

Art & Design Graduate Awards

Bradley Family Foundation

Criteria: Art & Design graduate students; Please visit uwm.edu/graduateschool/types-of-funding for eligibility for assistantships, fellowships, and awards.

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $8,000 1 up to 3 years

Steigleider Charitable Trust Graduate Fellowship

Steigleider Charitable Trust

Criteria: Graduate Student in digital fabrication & design, technologies, or related field; includes tuition assistantships, travel, or other support

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $25,000 1 2–3 years

Frederick R. Layton Scholarship

Frederick R. Layton

Criteria: Undergraduate students as incoming freshmen

Apply: Priority consideration for applications received by December 15

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $500–$2,000 20–25 yes

Frederick R. Layton Graduate Fellowship

Frederick R. Layton

Criteria: Graduate Students

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $600–$2,000 15–20 no

Mary E. Van Deven Memorial Scholarship

Mary E. Van Deven

Criteria: Undergraduate Students who meet the following: high academic achievement, demonstrated financial need, full-time student, Junior standing in Art & Design coursework, minimum 3.0GPA

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $1,000–$2,500 4–6 yes (as a senior)
eligible by participating in future scholarship competition

George Goundie Memorial Scholarship

Goundie Family, Anonymous Donors

Criteria: Undergraduate Students majoring in Sculpture

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $400–$600 2–3 yes

Clarice George Logan Award

George Logan and Thomas Logan

Criteria: Undergraduate students with Sophomore or Junior standing in Art & Design coursework with high academic standing seeking art enrichment travel; preference to female students who have recently completed their Junior year and present a written statement on how a travel award will enrich their education; awarded biennially in odd numbered years for summer travel

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Spring (100%) $2,000–$2,500 1 no

Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Dorothy G. and Ruth M. Smith Scholarship

Dorothy G. and Ruth M. Smith

Criteria: Undergraduate or Graduate Students

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $1,000–$2,500 5–6 yes

Shannon Rorabeck Memorial Scholarship

Don and Kay Rorabeck, Anonymous Donors

Criteria: Undergraduate Students who exhibit a high caliber of work in the field of visual arts

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $1,500–$2,000 1 no

First Year Program Scholarship

Multiple Donors

Criteria: Undergraduate Students who have not yet completed their First Year Program requirements

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $500–$1,000 10–12 no

Undergraduate Scholarship

Anonymous Donors

Criteria: Undergraduate Students with outstanding merit, demonstrated financial need; preference to non-traditional female students

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $500–$1,000 1–2 no

Laurence Rathsack Art Scholarship

Rathsack Family, Anonymous Donors

Criteria: Undergraduate Painting & Drawing Students, demonstrated financial need, minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA in their major, Junior or Senior status, exhibit work at the annual Junior Scholarship Exhibition

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $6,000–$12,000 1–2 no

Cosier-Osborne Scholarship

Kim Cosier, Josie Osborne, Anonymous Donors

Criteria: Undergraduate or Graduate Students enrolled in Art Education

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $500–$1,000 1–2 yes

Harold A. Milbrath Memorial Jewelry & Metalsmithing Prize

Harold A. Milbrath family, Joan Sander, Anonymous Donors

Criteria: Undergraduate Jewelry & Metalsmithing Students exhibiting at the annual Jewelry & Metalsmith show

Apply: Submit work to the Jewlry & Metalsmithing juried exhibiton held each Spring; contact Jewlery & Metalsmithing Area Head for more information

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $200, $300, $500 3 yes

Art & Design Scholarship: Loose Bead Society of Greater Milwaukee Scholarship

Loose Bead Society of Greater Milwaukee

Criteria: Undergraduate Jewelry & Metalsmithing Student

Apply: Contact Jewlery & Metalsmithing Area Head for more information

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $500 1 yes

UW Trust/Esther Claire Waldheim Scholarship

Estate of Esther Claire Waldheim

Criteria: Undergraduate or Graduate Art & Design students; awarded biennially in even numbered years

Apply: Awarded based on discretion from Department Chair

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $500 1 no

UW Trust/Esther Ulbricht

Estate of Esther Ulbricht

Criteria: Undergraduate Art & Design students

Apply: Awarded based on discretion from Department Chair

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $500–$1,500 6–8 no
Dance

The Department of Dance distributes around $40,000 in scholarships and awards to undergraduate and graduate students each year. Undergraduate scholarships range from $400-1,500 per year (amount split over fall/spring semesters), and departmental graduate scholarships range from $500-4,000. In most cases, students may be awarded multiple awards.

Questions: dance-scholarship@uwm.edu

Incoming Undergraduate students are awarded scholarships based on faculty nomination following the student’s entrance audition. Award may be for one year only, or for up to four years, as long as the student maintains Dance GPA of 3.5 or above & full-time enrollment status in a Dance BA or BFA major, and adheres to departmental curricular requirements.

Continuing Undergraduate students who have completed at least one semester in a Dance program are eligible to compete for the Undergraduate Student Scholarship. Demonstrated excellence in the student’s Dance program will serve as the main criteria.

Graduate students are eligible to receive summer session Departmental and Chancellor Awards, which are awarded based on faculty nomination following review of the student’s entrance application materials. The Chancellor Award can only be awarded twice. UWM’s Graduate School also awards several assistantships, fellowships, and travel awards every year.

Due to the program structure, the UW-Milwaukee Dance Department does not offer any Teaching or Project Assistantships to MFA students.


Ed Burgess Legacy Scholarship

Dance Department Faculty & Staff, Anonymous Donors

Criteria: Undergraduate students (priority to Juniors/Seniors) awarded based on discretion by Dance Faculty.

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $1,000 1 yes

Undergraduate Dance Scholarship

Supported in part by event outreach and ticket revenue

Criteria: Completion of 1 semester as Dance BA or BFA student, Dance GPA minimum of 3.5, demonstrated excellence

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $300–$2,000 5-12 yes
Film

Adoor Gopalakrishnan Award

Anonymous Donors

Criteria: Undergraduate or Graduate Film students awarded based on discretion by Film Faculty.

Webpage: More info

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $1,000 2 no

Robert A. Nelson Film Scholarship

UWM Film Faculty & Alumni, Lubar Family Foundation

Criteria: Undergraduate Students & Graduate Students awarded based on availability of funds and discretion by Film Faculty.

Incoming New Freshman only: Apply online by December 15 for priority consideration

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $1,000 5–8 no
Music

The Department of Music distributes around $140,000 in scholarships and awards to undergraduate and graduate students each year.

Incoming Undergraduate students are awarded scholarships based on faculty nomination following the student’s entrance application and audition. Award may be for one year only, or for up to four years.

Continuing Undergraduate students who are enrolled in at least 12 credits in any Music program are eligible to apply for scholarship support. Demonstrated progress in the student’s Music program will serve as the main criteria, and maintenance of a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA.

Graduate students who are enrolled in at least 6 credits in any Music program are eligible to apply for scholarship support. Graduate Project or Teaching Assistantships (full or partial awards), Chancellor Fellowship Awards, and Non-Resident Tuition Remissions are also awarded based on faculty nomination following the student’s application and entrance audition. Full Project and Teaching Assistantships carry full tuition waivers plus a stipend and benefits.


Gertrude Stillman

Gertrude Stillman Family and Friends

Criteria: Enrolled in a Music Degree Program

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $1,000 2 yes

Friends of Music Scholarship

Multiple Donors

Criteria: Full-time undergraduate music major

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $500–$1,000 3 yes

J. Thomas and Hazel Oakes Scholarship

J. Thomas and Hazel Oakes

Criteria: Undergraduate or Graduate Music students

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $1,000–$2,500 1 no

Anita Hankwitz Kastner Music Scholarship

Anita Hankwitz Kastner

Criteria: Music major; Wisconsin resident; sophomore or higher standing; demonstrated outstanding music performance; high scholastic record as evidenced in academic performance prior to application

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $500–$1,500 6–10 yes

Gregoria Karides Suchy Music Scholarship

Gregoria Karides, Raymond Suchy and family, Multiple Donors

Criteria: Undergraduate senior or Graduate student majoring in Music Composition & Technology; minimum 3.0 GPA; award must be applied to tuition

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $200–$500 1 yes

Gilbert H. Meisel Music Scholarship

Gilbert H. Meisel and Family

Criteria: Music Major demonstrating strong artistic ability

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $1,000–$1,500 2 yes

Dr. Henry and Julia Freund Scholarship

Estate of Julia Freund

Criteria: Undergraduate or Graduate Music student demonstrating strong artistic ability and financial need

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $1,000–Full Tuition (in-state) 2–3 yes, by audition

Gerald Grose Music Scholarship

Estate of James J. Magnino

Criteria: Music major, or intended major demonstrating strong artistic merit

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $500 1 yes

Jane E. Heinemann Scholarship

Estate of Jane E. Heinemann, Multiple Donors

Criteria: Female entering junior or senior year as an Elementary Music Education major with a concentration in general music; must possesses good musical skills, including sight reading in both voice and piano, whose vocal quality is suitable for teaching children

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $1,200–$1,400 1 yes

Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Nancy McClellan Music Scholarship

Andrew McClellan

Criteria: Undergraduate or Graduate students studying piano for a career in music; demonstrated financial need, artistic merit, and commitment to the community; resident of Wisconsin with preference for Milwaukee, Waukkesha, Washington, or Ozaukee counties; award must be used for tuition, room and board, books, fees, or educational equipment

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $1,500–$2,000 1 yes

Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Milwaukee Music Scholarship

Greater Milwaukee Foundation

Criteria: Undergraduate Music students in good academic standing demonstrating financial need; resident of Wisconsin with preference for Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington, or Ozaukee counties; award must be used for tuition, room and board, books, fees, or educational equipment

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $500 1 yes

Excelencia en la Música Scholarship

Anonymous Donors

Criteria: Undergraduate Music students demonstrating strong artistic merit and financial need; racial or ethnic minorities with preference to Hispanic/Latino students

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $2,000–$3,000 1 yes

General Music Scholarship

Music Alumni

Criteria: Music Major demonstrating strong artistic ability

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $100–$800 TBD yes

Moebius Award for Excellence-Moebius Merit Award

Moebius Family

Criteria: Music Major demonstrating strong artistic ability

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $2,000 1 yes

Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Adelaide F. Banaszynski Memorial Scholarship

Adelaide F. Banaszynski

Criteria: Undergraduate Music students in good academic standing demonstrating financial need; resident of Wisconsin with preference for Milwaukee, Waukkesha, Washington, or Ozaukee counties; award must be used for tuition, room and board, books, fees, or educational equipment

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $1,500–$3,000 2–3 yes

InFaith Community FDN Rodney Johnson Scholarship

Estate of Rodney Johnson, InFaith Community

Criteria: Undergraduate or Graduate Music students with high scholastic ability and artistic potential; recipients must reflect the diversity of the school’s enrollment

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $2,000–$2,500 6+ yes

Professsor Thomas L. Dvorak Music Scholarship

Thomas L. Dvorak, Multiple Donors

Criteria: Undergraduate students whose primary instrument is Woodwind, Brass, or Percussion with high scholastic ability and artistic potential

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $500 1 yes

Classical Guitar Scholarship

James and Wendy Agah, Gregory Chrisafis, Multiple Donors

Criteria: Undergraduate or Graduate students majoring in classical guitar with high artistic merit

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $5,000–$10,000 1–3 yes

Franklyn & Barbara Esenberg Clarinet Scholarship

Franklyn and Barbara Esenberg

Criteria: Undergraduate or Graduate students with high artistic merit whose primary instrument is clarinet

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $1,000–$6,000 1+ yes

Woodmansee Music Scholarship

Estate of Webster and Winifred Woodmansee

Criteria: Undergraduate music students demonstrating artistic merit and financial need

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $500–$2,000 2–5 yes

Bernardine Sherman Music Education Scholarship

Estate of Bernardine G. Sherman

Criteria: Undergraduate or Graduate students majoring in Music Education with potential for success as a music educator

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $500–$1,000 2–5 yes

The Joe Aaron Scholarship

Joseph Aaron, Marlene Lauwasser and family, Multiple Donors

Criteria: Undergraduate or Graduate Music Performance or Music Education majors (preference to undergrads) demonstrating financial need

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $500 1 yes

Jan Jones Hartford Scholarship

Jan Jones, Dr. Lincoln Hartford, and other donors

Criteria: Undergraduate students majoring or intending to major in Music Education with preference to vocal music

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $500–$1,000 1–2 yes

Herschel Burke Gilbert Family Scholarship

Herschel and Gertrude Gilbert Family

Criteria: Undergraduate students studying, composition, viola, or violin

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $1,000 2 yes

Alfred Cahn Music Scholarship

Estate of Alfred Cahn

Criteria: Undergraduate or Graduate students; members of UWM Symphony Orchestra on professional career path including classical music

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $1,500–$5,000 1–2 yes

UW Trust/Esther Claire Waldheim Scholarship

Estate of Esther Claire Waldheim

Criteria: Undergraduate or Graduate music students; awarded biennially in odd numbered years

Apply: Awarded based on discretion from Department Chair

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $500 1 no

UW Trust/Music Scholarship

Anonymous Donors

Criteria: Undergraduate or Graduate music students

Apply: Awarded based on discretion from Department Chair

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $1,000 2–4 yes

UW Trust/Gilbert H. Meisel Music

Estate of Gilbert H. Meisel

Criteria: Undergraduate or Graduate music students

Apply: Awarded based on discretion from Department Chair

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $1,000–$1,500 2–3 yes
Theatre

Undergraduate students who are enrolled in at least 12 credits in any Theatre program are eligible to apply for scholarship support. Demonstrated progress in the student’s Theatre program will serve as the main criteria. The Theatre Department will send out calls for application on a semesterly basis.

Questions: theatre-info@uwm.edu


Corliss Phillabaum Theatre Prize

Anonymous Donors

Criteria: Undergraduate Theatre Students; minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA in Theatre; demonstrate high achievements and contributions to the Theatre Department

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) up to $1,000 8–12 yes

Schoenleber Foundation Scholarship

Schoenleber Foundation

Criteria: Undergraduate Theatre Students demonstrating high artistic merit

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $250–$1,250 5–6 yes

Werner and Jermaine Buchel Foundation Scholarship

Estate of Werner and Jermaine Buchel

Criteria: Undergraduate Theatre Students demonstrating prior effort and training in theatre arts

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $250–$1,500 2–3 no

General Theatre Scholarship

Multiple Donors

Criteria: Undergraduate Theatre Students

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $750–$1,000 2 no

Theatre Scholarship In Honor of Cynthia Poulson

Friends and family of Cynthia Poulson, Theatre Faculty & Staff

Criteria: Undergraduate Theatre Students demonstrating academic achievement, strong performance skills, and financial need

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $1,000 1 yes

Technical Theatre Scholarship

Multiple Donors

Criteria: Undergraduate Theatre Students

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) TBA 1 yes

Rehberg Costume Production/Design Scholarship

Randy Rehberg and Family, Anonymous Donors

Criteria: Undergraduate Junior/Senior Theatre Students posessing outstanding artistic and academic merit; active participant in theatre activities

Disbursement Amount Recipients Renewable
Fall (50%), Spring (50%) $1,000–$1,500 2–3 yes