The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers awards each year to qualifying undergraduate students. Students who wish to be considered for awards must have a completed profile on file in the UWM Scholarship Portal. Your profile is a one-time set-up that will match you with all available scholarships and awards on campus. You may need to provide further information (a brief essay, reference contacts, etc.) for certain awards. It is important that you complete the profile in order to be considered for these opportunities. Access the portal at:

As part of your profile, you will need to upload a copy of your unofficial UWM transcript. If you need instructions on how to obtain a copy of your UWM transcript through PAWS, please see:

The awards in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese include the Meta Steinfort Scholarship and the Hilda Becher Modern Languages Scholarship:

Meta Steinfort Scholarship

The Meta Steinfort Scholarship is an annual award of at least $1,000. Students who are majoring in Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the College of Letters & Science are eligible for the award. Students planning to pursue a professional career in teaching are particularly encouraged to apply. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. Applicants for the Meta Steinfort Scholarship may also apply for other Departmental awards, such as the Hilda Becher Scholarship. For more information on the Fall 2022 scholarship and for detailed application instructions, click here .

Hilda Becher Modern Languages Scholarship

This scholarship is intended for Spanish minors and majors who will be participating in the Madrid Summer Study Abroad program. It is funded by the Estate of Hilda Becher, who was passionate about all languages and believed in the value of being multilingual.

The Department will award a scholarship of approximately $650 to a successful applicant who is a Spanish major or minor at UWM and who completes the UWM Summer Study Abroad Program in Madrid. Applicants must have a total University GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Please contact the Department Chair or Main Office for more information.
In addition to the above Departmental awards above, students may want to look into the following opportunities:

Donald R. Shea Undergraduate Scholarship in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies annually offers up to two scholarships in the amount of $500.00 to undergraduates pursuing academic work in Latin American and/or Caribbean studies. These scholarships may be used for UWM Study Abroad programs (such as the semester in Santiago, Chile), UWM winterim study tour courses (such as Mexico, Peru), for other study abroad opportunities that can be accepted for UWM credit (including Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic), or for research related travel.

Sigma Delta Pi

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese, once or twice a year, initiates outstanding students into Sigma Delta Pi, a national honor society dedicated to fostering the dissemination of Hispanic culture. The society sponsors social and cultural activities and the national organization offers scholarships which may be applied toward the costs of studying in Spain, Ecuador, or Mexico. For more information, see: