2023-2024 Scholarships

The 2023-2024 Scholarship Application is now open! The application will be open from October 1, 2022, to January 27, 2023.

You can apply for UWM scholarships by submitting an application through the portal at UWM Scholarships. This application will also make you eligible for scholarships outside of the School of Education. Completing the School of Education Application will make you eligible for our scholarship opportunities. Please make sure to complete both applications! Students will be notified about awards in early spring.

Scholarship amounts range from $500 to full tuition. For 2022-2023, about $500,000 was awarded to students in the School of Education. The average award was $1920. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

Scholarship Eligibility

  • Undergraduate students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (including transfer credits).
  • If able to, submission of Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • All students who have applied and been accepted into UWM, and are in the School of Education are welcome to apply.
  • All graduate and post bac students are eligible to apply but must be enrolled in at least 6 credits for the semester they are receiving the scholarship.
  • In addition, the Scholarship Committee bases its decision on the strength of academic career, the information listed on the submitted resume, and any unique or unusual circumstances in relation to the scholarship eligibility requirements.

Note that additional eligibility requirements specific to each scholarship and an explanation of the criteria used in making the awards are indicated with the description of individual scholarships.

For more information or questions about scholarships, contact:

Michaela Kaiser
Scholarship Coordinator

Micro Scholarships for First Year Students

First year students in the School of Education have an opportunity to earn micro scholarships for the fall and spring semesters. The scholarships, which can total up to $250 per semester, reward students for accomplishing goals that will help them succeed in their education.

Here’s how it works:

For Fall

  • Earn credit in Ed Psych 279—earn $100
  • Meet with your academic advisor by December 16th—earn $50
  • Enroll in 15 credits for the spring semester by January 1st—earn $50
  • Earn a 2.5 GPA (or higher) in the fall semester—earn $50

For Spring

  • Complete the IGNITE Leadership Program—earn $100
  • Complete the FAFSA for the 2021-2022 academic year by March 1st—earn $50
  • Meet with your academic advisor by May 15th—earn $50
  • Enroll in 15 credits for the fall 2021 semester by May 30th—earn $50

For more information about micro scholarships, contact:

Michaela Kaiser
Scholarship Coordinator

Extra Help Fund

Students may apply for the SOE Extra Help Fund to help cover educational and non-educational expenses. All SOE students are eligible, regardless of program status. Examples of circumstances for which a student may apply for the SOE Extra Help Fund include but are not limited to:

  • Medical Emergencies
  • Transportation
  • Books
  • Child Care
  • Late Fees
  • Housing
  • Tuition Assistance
  • Holds on Accounts

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible students may apply for the Extra Help Fund once per academic year. Applications will be accepted at any point in the year. However, the Extra Help Fund is based on a first come, first serve basis. Award sizes can vary between $500-$1,000 depending on availability and need.

SOE Extra Help Fund recipients must meet the following criteria:

  • Current students enrolled in at least 3 credits in the School of Education.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Demonstrated emergency financial need that can be verified by a third party.

Additional Criteria

  • Must file FAFSA for the term in which an extra help fund is requested.
  • Agree to meet with an academic advisor.

If you are unsure if you meet the eligibility criteria, apply, or contact the Scholarship Coordinator, Michaela Kaiser at to discuss your situation.


Complete the SOE Extra Help Fund Application to apply. Students must submit supporting documentation (e.g., tuition, bills, lease, etc.) for items which they seek funding. Documentation is not needed for food and personal care item expenses. Processing may take up to a week.

Review Process

Staff review the student’s application, supporting documentation, and PAWS record to help determine eligibility. Staff may also review the student’s financial aid status to help ensure that the awarding of a grant will not require financial aid funds to be returned.

Eligible applicants will be contacted via email by the scholarship coordinator to schedule a time to discuss their circumstances and help identify potential campus and community resources to support them in their continued success at UWM. In most cases, students who are awarded a fund will receive said funds within one week of approval. The funds will run through the student’s PAWS account and administered by the SOE scholarship coordinator. Students who are awarded may be asked to engage in follow up conversations to help address ongoing needs.

Award Decisions

We understand that many students currently have great need for financial assistance, and the School of Education is working to help our students the best we can. Although we have limited funds, it is our priority to do what we can to help students in crisis


Graduate students and applicants are also eligible to apply for Graduate School Fellowships. These university-wide fellowships provide recipients with a monthly stipend for the academic year, coverage of in-state tuition and remission of out-of-state tuition. For more information on the kinds of fellowships available, please visit the Graduate School Types of Funding page. Departments set internal deadlines for reviewing fellowship applications, generally in late January. Contact the Graduate Representative from the program you are applying to for information on internal application deadlines.

SPARK Early Literacy Program

SPARK is a partnership involving UWM, The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee, Milwaukee Public Schools, and AmeriCorps. The program hires 50-60 students to provide reading instruction to students in grades K-3. Hours are flexible but require a minimum of 13 hours per week. It is a paid position where tutors receive a bi-weekly living stipend.

SPARK Brochure (PDF)

For additional questions about SPARK, and an application form, contact:

Jeremy Page
Enderis 213
(414) 229-4153


Teacher Education Assistance for College & Higher Education (TEACH) Grant

The TEACH Grant is available to students who are enrolled full-time in a teaching certificate program. Students must maintain a 3.25 cumulative GPA and sign an agreement to serve in high-need field areas and teach in schools designated as serving low-income students. For more information, please visit the One Stop Grants webpage.

For more information about the TEACH Grant, contact:

Michaela Kaiser
Scholarship Coordinator