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A select number of full-ride scholarships are available to incoming freshmen who graduate from a public or private high school in the city of Milwaukee. The Anu and Satya Nadella Scholarships are exclusively for students pursuing computer science, data science or information technology majors

Applications are closed for Fall 2022

Thank you for your interest. Watch this page for Fall 2023 application information.

  1. Complete UWM application, including all transcripts and required materials. Click on the Eligibility Requirements button below to see eligible majors and be sure to list one of those majors as your first choice of study.
  2. Complete FAFSA
  3. Anu and Satya Nadella Scholarships Application
    All students interested in scholarships must complete UWM’s general scholarship application before applying for a specific scholarship. Students must be admitted to UWM to access the application. Information on the Anu and Satya Nadella Scholarship can be found by searching for its name on the scholarship page.
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Benefits: Comprehensive Financial and Academic Support for Up to Five Years

  • The scholarships, in combination with other funds available to students with demonstrated financial need, will cover tuition, fees, and room and board.
  • Scholarship benefits cover up to five years of financial and academic support at the undergraduate level, as long as the student remains in good academic standing.
  • Each scholarship recipient will be assigned a dedicated success coach, an academic advisor, and a peer mentor, and be provided additional tutoring and support opportunities to lead to successful student outcomes.

About Donors Satya Nadella ’90 and Anu Nadella

The Anu and Satya Nadella Scholarships are being provided through the generosity of UWM computer science alumnus and Microsoft Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella and Anu Nadella. They recently donated $2 million to increase diversity in tech education. In addition to providing support for scholarships, their gift also provides funding for academic support and pre-college programming to encourage students from diverse backgrounds to pursue tech education.

Satya and Anu Nadella
Anu and Satya Nadella
Mariam Adams
Listen to Ronald Reagan High School alum Mariam Adams on TMJ4 talk about her support for the scholarship. Mariam is a first-generation student who will graduate from UWM with a computer science degree in December 2021. (TMJ4 Photo)

UWM Leads with High-Demand Tech Programs

  • 91% of engineering and computer science students at UWM get a job or commit to graduate school before graduation.*
  • 93% of College of Engineering & Applied Science students participate in paid work-related experiences while in school, including internships, co-ops and research opportunities.*
  • UWM offers:
    • Accessible, world-class faculty 
    • Welcoming, inclusive environment
    • Diverse community
    • Excellent education, close to home 

*UWM First Destination Survey December 2019; as voluntarily reported by graduating undergraduate students.


How are award decisions made?

An advisory council will make determinations based on a holistic review of each applicant. The advisory council is comprised of the following campus leaders:

Academic Affairs

  • Kay Eilers, Associate Vice Chancellor

College of Engineering & Applied Science

  • Steven Anderson, Retention Coordinator
  • Christine Cheng, Associate Professor, Computer Science
  • Todd Johnson, Assistant Dean of Student Services
  • Susan McRoy, Professor and Chair, Computer Science
  • Brett Peters, Dean

Lubar School of Business

  • Andrea Wrench, Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Student Services

School of Information Studies

  • Angela Sadowsky, Senior Advisor

Student Success Center

  • Ariel Milton-Kern, Assistant Director, MKE Scholars
When and how will awardees be notified?

Awardees will be notified of their selection by March 15 and will receive notification via email.

Can I apply for the scholarship and admission at different times?

Yes, you may apply for the scholarship and admission at different times, though awardees will only be selected from admitted students meeting the eligibility requirements.

I live in the city of Milwaukee but attend a high school elsewhere. Am I eligible for the scholarship?

Only students attending a public or private high school in the city of Milwaukee can apply.

I’ve already been admitted to a different major at UWM. Can I change majors and apply for this scholarship?

Yes, you may change your major.

I’ve also been awarded another scholarship(s). Will I get both?

You can receive multiple scholarships as long as your total aid package is not greater than your cost of attendance. For more information, visit https://uwm.edu/onestop/finances/cost-of-attendance.

Am I required to complete the FAFSA to be eligible for this award?

Yes, you must submit your FAFSA by the application deadline.

Do I have to mention this scholarship when I complete the UWM application for admission?

No. You must first apply for admission and be accepted to UWM. Once you file the scholarship application, you will be considered for the scholarship. When you click through to the application, you will need to:

  1. Log into the portal using your PAWS credentials
  2. Complete the general application
  3. Search for Anu and Satya Nadella Scholarship
  4. Complete your scholarship application

Anything else to be aware of?

Preference will be given to students enrolled in programs wholly or partially offered through the College of Engineering & Applied Science. These include Computer Science (BA and BS), Computer Engineering, Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, and Data Science.

Where can I learn about other scholarships?

We encourage all students, including international students, to complete UWM’s general scholarship application via our Scholarship Portal.  From there, students can identify additional scholarships of interest they wish to consider.

What if I’m not eligible for federal financial aid?

Students not eligible for federal financial aid can complete the Non-FAFSA Need Worksheet (PDF).