SOIS proudly offers funding opportunities awarded for academic achievement to students entering or enrolled in the Information Science & Technology (IST) program.

Application-Based Scholarships

Application Deadline: March 1 (for Fall tuition)
Awards are issued in the Fall.

How to Apply:
Please apply for all application based scholarship opportunities through UWM’s Panther Scholarship Portal. 


Dean’s IST Scholarship

Award Amount: $1,000 Non-Renewable

Dean’s Diversity Scholarship

Award Amount: $1,000 Non-Renewable

Carol M. Reinagle Memorial Scholarship

Award Amount: $1000 Non-Renewable

Description: Named in honor of Carol M. Reinagle, who dedicated 24+ years of service to school librarianship. She earned her bachelor’s degree as a non-traditional student and went on to pursue an MLIS degree. Carol was known as an innovator, technology pioneer, and lifelong learner. Awarded to students pursuing school librarianship (at the post-bacc certificate level or MLIS with School Librarianship concentration ) for a career in school library media.

Nomination Based Scholarships

Attitude & Aptitude Scholarship

Award Amount: $500 Non-Renewable
Consideration is based on student merit and achievement in the IST program and issued in the fall and spring semesters.

Eligibility Criteria: Current IST student, must be declared major and must be enrolled in a 3 credit IST course the semester the award is granted.

New Student Funding Scholarships

All students entering in the IST program who meet the eligibility criteria will be considered for these awards. Students admitted to the School of Information Studies by the March 1 priority deadline receive first consideration for the awards listed below.

Dean’s Transfer Student Scholarship

Award Amount: $2,000 Non-Renewable
Consideration is based on the student’s most recent academic achievement and awarded in the fall and spring semesters.

Eligibility Criteria: New transfer students enrolling in the IST Program starting in the Fall, Spring or Summer Semesters are eligible. You must declare IST as a major and be enrolled in a 3 credit IST course each semester the award is granted. Consideration is based on recent academic achievement.

Chancellor’s Merit Scholarship (for New Freshman)

Award Amount: This award is for new freshman. The amount awarded will be based on unweighted GPA. Chancellor’s Merit Scholarships are renewable for up to four years, as long as students remain in good academic standing at UWM.

Eligibility Criteria: Students who qualify for a Chancellor’s Merit Scholarship will receive their scholarships automatically upon full-time enrollment at UWM. Students will be notified of the award after they are admitted. No scholarship application is required.

More information about this scholarship can be found on the Undergraduate Admissions Scholarships page.

Nonprof-IT Scholarship

Application Deadline: October 2nd, 2019

Award Amount: $500

Description: Available for current students in the Nonprof-IT program (fall 2019).

Eligibility Criteria: Students currently in the program in Fall 2019 must re-apply for the program in the Spring of 2020 to be eligible. Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress in the BSIST program with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.

How to Apply:
Fill out the application for the Spring 2020 Nonprof-IT program and submit a letter of intent to Angie Sadowsky,, by Wednesday October 2nd.

I have been awarded a scholarship, now what?

Award recipients are notified prior to the semester the award is granted via UWM email and/or letter mailed to the address listed in PAWS. Check your PAWS account before the semester starts to ensure the funds have dispersed. Full tuition is due by the first day of classes.


External Funding Resources

Kate Kaiser Scholarships

Society for Information Management (SIM) Kate Kaiser Scholarships

The Society for Information Management (SIM) is the leading national professional network that connects senior-level Information Technology (IT) leaders with peers providing valuable opportunities for knowledge sharing, professional development, collaboration, and career advancement. The Wisconsin chapter of SIM has a long history of supporting the education of the next generation of IT leaders.

Deadline: Monday, March 16 (Noon)
Award Amount: $1000

UW-Milwaukee Financial Aid

Additional funding opportunities may be available from sources outside of the School of Information Studies. The UW-Milwaukee Financial Aid Office administers Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and other educational loans and scholarship.  Please visit their website for additional financial aid resources.

SMART Scholarship

The SMART Program aims to increase the number of scientists and engineers in the DoD. The program is particularly interested in supporting individuals that demonstrate an aptitude and interest in conducting theoretical and applied research.

See complete details and application guidelines online:

Southeastern Wisconsin Education Consortium (SEWEC) New Student Scholarship

The goal of SEWEC is to help adult students realize their options for higher education in Southeast Wisconsin at member institutions. Each year, three $1,200 SEWEC scholarships are awarded to one undergraduate, one graduate, and one associates student entering a new degree program.

See complete details and application guidelines online: