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The first time you log in, you will create your general application. This will stay on file for four years, but you should update it regularly and must, at a minimum, sign it once per year to re-activate it. You will also need to upload a copy of your transcript twice a year. We recommend you log into the Panther Portal twice a year to update your application and upload a newer transcript in November/December and in February/March every year. 

You may see scholarships on your Panther Scholarship Portal dashboard that you can “Apply To.” These are scholarships which require additional information beyond the general application and transcript. If you do not see an “Apply To” button when you are viewing a specific scholarship in the UWM Panther Scholarship Portal, either the scholarship is not currently accepting applications or no additional materials are needed and you will be considered for those scholarships as long as your general application and transcript are up-to-date. 

The Panther Scholarship Portal can also be used to find non-UWM (private) scholarships that have registered with UWM. These may be scholarships sponsored by local or national organizations, fraternal clubs or other companies outside of UWM.

Program-Specific Scholarships

Comparative Literature

In addition to campus-wide and college-wide scholarships that you will find on the UWM Panther Portal, the Global Studies Department offers these scholarships and awards just for Comparative Literature students.

Roy Arthur Swanson Comparative Literature Merit Scholarship

The Roy Arthur Swanson Merit Scholarship in Comparative Literature is awarded to a UWM student with a declared Comparative Literature major or minor and a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher in Comparative Literature courses.

Applications are accepted yearly, typically in spring between February and April. Applicants will need to provide a short essay on their interests in comparative literature in addition to the Panther Scholarship Portal General Application and the College of Letters & Science Scholarships and Awards Application. The Letters & Science application consists of just one item – an uploaded copy of your most recent UWM transcript. Awards given in spring are for the following school year so students graduating that same spring or summer are not eligible. E.G. applications reviewed in Spring 2023 are for Fall 2023; students graduating in May or August 2023 are not eligible.

Award: Varies up to $8,000

Donor: Friends and Family of the late Roy Arthur Swanson

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French

In addition to campus-wide and college-wide scholarships that you will find on the UWM Panther Portal, the Global Studies Department offers these scholarships and awards just for French students.

Emmanuelle Leah Fetter Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded in memory of Leah Fetter, who was a gifted French student at UWM. The scholarship is awarded based on academic achievement and demonstrated financial need. Applicants must be French majors and have current FAFSA information showing financial need to be eligible. The chosen recipient must be a full-time student.

Students who have an up-to-date Panther Scholarship Portal General Application and the College of Letters & Science Scholarships and Awards Application will be considered, typically in spring each year between February and April. No additional or separate application is required; students should thoroughly fill out the Panther Scholarship Portal General Application and the College of Letters & Science Scholarships and Awards Application. Awards given in spring are for the following school year so students graduating that same spring or summer are not eligible. E.G. applications reviewed in Spring 2023 are for Fall 2023; students graduating in May or August 2023 are not eligible.

Award: Varies up to $2,500

Donor: Anonymous

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Leah Fetter Merit Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded in the name of Leah Fetter, a bright and dedicated former student in French at UWM. The scholarship is awarded based on academic achievement and demonstrated financial need to a UWM student who is going to participate in one of UWM’s study-abroad or exchange programs in French-speaking countries. Applicants must be French majors and have a current FAFSA that indicates financial need.

Applications are typically accepted in February and March for study abroad in summer or fall and will include a brief essay on the planned study abroad. Students must also meet all application deadlines to apply for study abroad through the UWM Center for International Education.

Award: Varies up to $5,000

Donor: The late Dr. Bruce Fetter

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Mariele Schirmer Scholarship in French

The scholarship is open to declared French majors enrolled at least three-quarters time during the period of the scholarship (minimum 9 total credits for the semester). The selection of the recipient is based on academic performance in French and overall academic performance across all courses.

Students who have an up-to-date Panther Scholarship Portal General Application and the College of Letters & Science Scholarships and Awards Application will be considered, typically in spring each year between February and April. No additional or separate application is required; students should thoroughly fill out the Panther Scholarship Portal General Application and the College of Letters & Science Scholarships and Awards Application. Awards given in spring are for the following school year so students graduating that same spring or summer are not eligible. E.G. applications reviewed in Spring 2023 are for Fall 2023; students graduating in May or August 2023 are not eligible.

Award: $1,000

Donor: Estate of Mariele Schirmer

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Martha Best / Martine Meyer Scholarship

This scholarship is offered in the names of two highly esteemed former professors in the UWM French program. Their excellence and dedication set a high standard that our program strives to maintain. The scholarship is awarded based on academic achievement and demonstrated financial need to an undergraduate who is studying French. Enrollment in French coursework is required, but students do not have to be a French major or minor. Applicants must have a current FAFSA on file showing financial need and must be enrolled full-time. Priority will be given to students planning to become French teachers.

Students who have an up-to-date Panther Scholarship Portal General Application and the College of Letters & Science Scholarships and Awards Application will be considered, typically in spring each year between February and April. No additional or separate application is required; students should thoroughly fill out the Panther Scholarship Portal General Application and the College of Letters & Science Scholarships and Awards Application. Awards given in spring are for the following school year so students graduating that same spring or summer are not eligible. E.G. applications reviewed in Spring 2023 are for Fall 2023; students graduating in May or August 2023 are not eligible.

Award: Varies up to $3,000

Donor: Multiple Donors

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Global Studies

In addition to campus-wide and college-wide scholarships that you will find on the UWM Panther Portal, the Global Studies Department offers these scholarships and awards just for Global Studies students.

Scholarships

Ian J. Elliott Memorial Scholarship

The Ian J. Elliott Memorial Scholarship is a $1,000 award intended to help cover expenses related to overseas internship or an overseas study abroad. Students must be enrolled as a UWM student and a declared major in Global Studies or International Studies. Qualified applicants will also have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and will have been approved (or be in the process of seeking approval) for a study abroad or internship program through the UWM Center for International Education.

Applications are typically accepted in February and March for study abroad in summer or fall and will include a brief essay on the planned study abroad. Students must also meet all application deadlines to apply for study abroad through the UWM Center for International Education.

Award: $1,000

Donor: Family and Friends of Ian J. Elliott

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Roberta and J. Martin Klotsche Scholarship

The Roberta and J. Martin Klotsche Scholarship is given to a small number of outstanding juniors or seniors who are declared majors in International Studies or Global Studies. Eligible students will have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.

Students who have an up-to-date Panther Scholarship Portal General Application and the College of Letters & Science Scholarships and Awards Application will be considered, typically in fall each year between October 15 and November 30. No additional or separate application is required; students should* thoroughly* fill out the Panther Scholarship Portal General Application and the College of Letters & Science Scholarships and Awards Application. Awards given in fall are for the following spring so students graduating that same semester are not eligible. E.G. applications reviewed in November 2022 are for Spring 2023; students graduating in December 2022 are not eligible.

Award: $1,000 to $1,500

Donor: J. Martin & Roberta Roberts Klotsche Trust

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Italian

In addition to campus-wide and college-wide scholarships that you will find on the UWM Panther Portal, the Global Studies Department offers these scholarships and awards just for Italian students.

Paolo V. Iazzi Italian Studies Scholarship

The Paolo V. Iazzi Study in Italy Scholarship supports a UWM full-time student who is majoring in Italian.

For optimal consideration, students should fill out these parts of the general scholarship application and make sure the most recent transcript is uploaded:

  • Co-curricular Activities
  • Community Service and Volunteer Work
  • Work Experience
  • Academic and Career Goals

You may edit your general application at any time prior to the deadline for the Paolo V. Iazzi Study in Italy Scholarship.

Award: $2,500

Donor: Robin Pickering-Iazzi

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Dr. Edoardo Lebano Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Edoardo Lebano Memorial Scholarship is given to an outstanding Italian major with demonstrated academic achievement and full-time enrollment.

Dr. Lebano (1934-2020) was a UWM professor in the 1960s where he taught Italian language and culture. Following his time at UWM, he taught at Indiana University where he retired in 2000 after 29 years of service. He was the author of numerous scholarly publications in the field of language instruction, Renaissance Literature, and Italian–American History. Additionally, he conducted national surveys of the teaching of Italian in the United States, published both in this country and in Italy. In 1988, President Francesco Cossiga of Italy conferred upon him the title of Cavalier della Republica Italiana for Cultural Merit.

Students who have an up-to-date Panther Scholarship Portal General Application and the College of Letters & Science Scholarships and Awards Application will be considered, typically in spring each year between February and April. No additional or separate application is required; students should thoroughly fill out the Panther Scholarship Portal General Application and the College of Letters & Science Scholarships and Awards Application. Awards given in spring are for the following school year so students graduating that same spring or summer are not eligible. E.G. applications reviewed in Spring 2023 are for Fall 2023; students graduating in May or August 2023 are not eligible.

Award: $2,000

Donor: Former Students of Dr. Eduardo Lebano

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Giovanni Carini Memorial Scholarship

The Giovanni Carini Memorial Scholarship supports a UWM student accepted into an approved study abroad experience to Italy. This opportunity is open to any UWM undergraduate student in any major (does not have to be an Italian major) with demonstrated academic merit and demonstrated financial need as shown on the FAFSA. Students interested in applying will need to submit an essay on their interest and reasons for studying abroad in addition to a transcript.

Applications are typically accepted between February and March each year for study abroad planned for summer or fall of that same calendar year.

Award: Varies up to $1,500

Donor: Friends and family of Giovanni (Gon) Carini

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