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
Graduate Student Funding
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 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.

Peck School of the Arts Aid

Students are eligible to receive PSOA specific scholarships after filling out the general scholarship application and a supplemental department application (if applicable) by logging in to the Panther Scholarship Portal found on the UWM scholarship page. Students must also have a declared major in Art & Design, Dance, Film, Music, or Theatre. For more information please read the Panther Portal FAQ.

Schoolwide

Rath Foundation Merit Scholarship

Rath Family Foundation

Criteria: Student must have maintained an overall academic average of at least 3.8 while in high school or in University of Wisconsin Colleges. Maintained a GPA of at least 3.25 during freshman and sophomore years at UWM (or other UW system college). Candidate must submit a completed application, as required by the scholarship coordinator in the UWM Department of Financial Aid. Two-year award to a student of junior standing. Recommended by department chair and awarded by the Dean.


The Randy R. Reddemann Emerging Artists Scholarships

Randy R. Reddemann

Criteria: Open to all PSOA Undergraduate students in visual or performing arts to support emerging artists. Typically awarded to a senior. Recommended by department chair and awarded by the Dean.


Slovenian Arts Program Scholarship

Frank & Mary Ermenc, Friends of UWM Slovenian Arts Program

Criteria: Full-time PSOA undergraduate or graduate student of Slovenian descent. Student must be a sophomore with at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and at least a 3.25 grade point average in their PSOA major coursework.

Apply: Slovenian Arts Program Scholarship | Deadline: MAR 26

Art & Design

The Department of Art & Design distributed more than $170,000 in scholarships and fellowships to incoming and continuing students at the undergraduate and graduate level in 2018-19.

Questions: art-admission@uwm.edu

Undergraduate students with a declared major in Art & Design should fill out the general scholarship application and a supplemental department application (if applicable) by logging in to the Panther Scholarship Portal found on the UWM scholarship page. For more information please read the Panther Portal FAQ.

NOTE: Incoming students should prepare 8-10 examples of artwork from the past two years. If including drawings, we recommend at least three from observation (not photographs). Identify each image by media, size, and year of completion in a separate document. JPEG files at 2000px max preferred. DEADLINE: December 15.

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 & 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.


Cosier-Osborne Scholarship

Kim Cosier, Josie Osborne, Anonymous Donors

Criteria: Undergraduate or Graduate Students enrolled in Art Education


Design & Visual Communication Scholarship

Darian & Mary Ellen Griffin

Criteria: An undergraduate or graduate student majoring in Design & Visual Communications in good academic standing and showcasing artistic merit.


First Year Program Scholarship

Multiple Donors

Criteria: Art & Design majors currently enrolled in First Year Program coursework


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


George Goundie Memorial Scholarship

Goundie Family, Anonymous Donors

Criteria: Undergraduate Students majoring in Sculpture


Frederick R. Layton Graduate Fellowship

Frederick R. Layton

Criteria: Graduate Students


Frederick R. Layton Scholarship

Frederick R. Layton

Criteria: Undergraduate students as incoming freshmen


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


Loose Bead Society of Greater Milwaukee Scholarship

Loose Bead Society of Greater Milwaukee

Criteria: Undergraduate Jewelry & Metalsmithing Student


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


Raja Family Scholarship Fund

Dr. Sharath Raja and Nirmal Raja ’10 MA/’12 MFA

Criteria: Undergraduate Art & Design students demonstrating artistic achievement or potential for excellence; 1 scholarship per year for student in the Community Arts BA Program; financial need may be considered; preference for member of racial or ethnic minority group


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


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


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

Dorothy G. and Ruth M. Smith

Criteria: Undergraduate or Graduate Students


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


UW Trust/Esther Ulbricht

Estate of Esther Ulbricht

Criteria: Undergraduate Art & Design students


Undergraduate Scholarship

Anonymous Donors

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


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


UW Trust/Esther Claire Waldheim Scholarship

Estate of Esther Claire Waldheim

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


Ware Scholarship

P. Andrew Ware and Nancy D. Ware

Criteria: Undergraduate Art & Design students who demonstrates artistic achievement and potential for excellence

Dance

The Department of Dance distributed more than $40,000 in scholarships and awards to undergraduate and graduate students in 2018-19. Undergraduate scholarships range from $500-3,000 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

Undergraduate students with a declared major in Dance should fill out the general scholarship application and a supplemental department application (if applicable) by logging in to the Panther Scholarship Portal found on the UWM scholarship page. For more information please read the Panther Portal FAQ.

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.


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

Film, Video, Animation and New Genres

Questions: film-admission@uwm.edu

Undergraduate students with a declared major in Film, Video, Animation and New Genres should fill out the general scholarship application and a supplemental department application (if applicable) by logging in to the Panther Scholarship Portal found on the UWM scholarship page. For more information please read the Panther Portal FAQ.

NOTE: Incoming students interested in the Robert A. Nelson scholarship should prepare a 500-word (or less) writing sample that addresses this question: What is the relationship between art and filmmaking (or art and movies)? DEADLINE: December 15.

Graduate students are eligible to receive one of our 4-5 Teaching Assistantships awarded annually, which include full tuition remission, annual stipend, and affordable state health coverage through the University. Students are also eligible for Chancellor’s Graduate Student Awards that normally average $6,500 each and are invited to apply to two other scholarships listed below. Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowships, Advanced Opportunity Program Fellowships, and other aid available through the Graduate School. If you feel you qualify, please notify the Director of the Graduate Program in Film, Video, Animation and New Genres (Jesse McLean: mcleanj@uwm.edu) prior to December 1st.


Adoor Gopalakrishnan Award

Sponsored by Anonymous Donors

Criteria: Open to undergraduate and graduate Film students; based on the artistic merit of applicant’s portfolio.


Ephemeral Animation Scholarship

Sponsored by Ephemeral, Inc.

Criteria: This award supports Senior Project development and production. Continuing undergraduate Animation students enrolling in Film 509 or 510 are eligible to apply by February 15th for the following Fall and Spring semesters.


D.A. Leonard Film Scholarship

Sponsored by D.A. Leonard

Criteria: This award supports Senior Project development and production. Continuing undergraduate students enrolling in Film 509 or 510 are eligible to apply by February 15th for the following Fall and Spring semesters.


Lubar Scholars in Film

Sponsored by Lubar Family Foundation

Criteria: Foundation Review awards are open to students who apply to the foundation review that occurs each semester and is juried by the department faculty.

Continuing undergraduate or graduate Film students are eligible to apply to be a Lubar Scholar in Film by February 15th for the following academic year.


Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival Award

Supported by The Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival, with support from Cream City Foundation, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Eldon E. Murray Fund and Milwaukee Pride, Inc.

Criteria: Excellence in Artistic Merit created by artists who identify as LGBT+ and/or projects featuring subject matter in the spirit of LGBT+ issues and expressions of acceptance.

This award is not exclusively for students who identity as LGBT+ but can also be in recognition of subject matter understood as “LGBT”; “queer” and/or related to understanding, making room for difference, acceptance and inclusion.


Robert A. Nelson Film Scholarship

UWM Film, Video, Animation and New Genres Faculty & Alumni

Criteria: Open to incoming freshmen and transfer students, based on availability of funds.

Music

The Department of Music distributed more than $210,000 in scholarships and awards to undergraduate and graduate students in 2018-19.

Questions: music-admission@uwm.edu

Undergraduate students with a declared major in Music should fill out the general scholarship application and a supplemental department application (if applicable) by logging in to the Panther Scholarship Portal found on the UWM scholarship page. For more information please read the Panther Portal FAQ.

Graduate students who are enrolled in at least 6 credits in any Music program are eligible for scholarship support. Graduate Project or Teaching Assistantships (usually 33%), Chancellor’s Graduate Student Awards, and Non-Resident Tuition Remissions are also available. All graduate awards are based on faculty nomination following the student’s application, entrance audition and/or first year in program. Project and Teaching Assistantships appointed at 33% or higher receive full tuition waivers plus a stipend and benefits.

Graduate students can also apply for the following types of funding: UWM Graduate School’s Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowship, Advanced Opportunity Program Fellowship, and/or Graduate Student Travel Awards.


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


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


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


Classical Guitar Scholarship

James and Wendy Agah, Gregory Chrisafis, Multiple Donors

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


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


Franklyn & Barbara Esenberg Clarinet Scholarship

Franklyn and Barbara Esenberg

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


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


Friends of Music Scholarship

Multiple Donors

Criteria: Full-time undergraduate music major


Dr. Henry and Julia Freund Scholarship

Estate of Julia Freund

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


Herschel Burke Gilbert Family Scholarship

Herschel and Gertrude Gilbert Family

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


General Music Scholarship

Music Alumni

Criteria: Music Major demonstrating strong artistic ability


Gerald Grose Music Scholarship

Estate of James J. Magnino

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


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


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


Jeanne Henderson Memorial Harp Scholarship

Tracy Henderson, Henderson Family, and MacDowell Club of Milwaukee

Criteria: Undergraduate or Graduate student studying Harp as a primary or secondary instrument demonstrating artistic merit


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


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


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


UW Trust/Gilbert H. Meisel Music Scholarship

Estate of Gilbert H. Meisel

Criteria: Undergraduate or Graduate music students


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


Moebius Award for Excellence-Moebius Merit Award

Moebius Family

Criteria: Music Major demonstrating strong artistic ability


UW Trust/Music Scholarship

Anonymous Donors

Criteria: Undergraduate or Graduate music students


J. Thomas and Hazel Oakes Scholarship

J. Thomas and Hazel Oakes

Criteria: Undergraduate or Graduate Music students


Piano Scholarship

Multiple donors in honor of Frank Glazer

Criteria: Music students enrolled in courses leading to a degree in Piano Performance


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


Gertrude Stillman

Gertrude Stillman Family and Friends

Criteria: Enrolled in a Music Degree Program


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


UW Trust/Esther Claire Waldheim Scholarship

Estate of Esther Claire Waldheim

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


Woodmansee Music Scholarship

Estate of Webster and Winifred Woodmansee

Criteria: Undergraduate music students demonstrating artistic merit and financial need

Theatre

Undergraduate students with a declared major in Theatre should fill out the general scholarship application and a supplemental department application (if applicable) by logging in to the Panther Scholarship Portal found on the UWM scholarship page. For more information please read the Panther Portal FAQ.

Questions: theatre-admission@uwm.edu


Werner and Jermaine Buchel Foundation Scholarship

Estate of Werner and Jermaine Buchel

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


General Theatre Scholarship

Multiple Donors

Criteria: Undergraduate Theatre Students


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


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


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


Schoenleber Foundation Scholarship

Schoenleber Foundation

Criteria: Undergraduate Theatre Students demonstrating high artistic merit


Technical Theatre Scholarship

Multiple Donors

Criteria: Undergraduate Theatre Students


Theatre Production Scholarship

Anonymous Donor

Criteria: A student intending to major in, or majoring in Theatre Production.