University of Wisconsin–Madison

Scholarships for Nontraditional Students

Thanks to generous contributions from our donors, ACSSS administers a number of scholarships designed specifically for nontraditional and returning adult students. The application period for all scholarships is December 1st – February 20th. Become familiar with the criteria for each of the following scholarships and apply at Scholarships@UW-Madison.

To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree program at UW-Madison and have had a significant break in their education.* All applicants must demonstrate financial need and be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or eligible non-citizens as defined by FAFSA. All scholarships include a minimum enrollment requirement that varies by award.

*No break in education required to be eligible for the Single Parent Scholarship (see below).

student and spouse with Bucky at reception

2018 Celebration of Outstanding Adult Students

Save the date!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018; 4:30-6:30pm
Memorial Union’s Great Hall

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2017 Reception program

  • Alma Baron Second Chance for Women Scholarship

    The Alma Baron Second Chance for Women Scholarship was established by Alma Baron in 2001 to support a female returning adult student who, like herself, went back to school to resume her education later in life.  Alma Baron returned to college at age 51 to earn a doctorate in adult education.  Following Alma’s death in 2006, friends and family continue to fund the scholarship in her memory.

  • Bernice D. Kuney Scholarship

    The Bernice D. Kuney Scholarship was established in 1989 by Edith Martindale to honor her mentor, Bernice Kuney. Ms. Kuney taught English for forty years at UW-Extension, serving adults returning to college for degree work or professional development.  This scholarship is available to both new and continuing students.

  • Kindess Matters Scholarships

    The Sosa family, as supporters of the university, started the Kindness Matters Scholarship to give returning adult students with financial need and a strong academic history the opportunity to focus on completing their target degree. Beth and Brandon Sosa’s daughter Aanya chose the name Kindness Matters in light of their family belief that, above all, love and kindness are most important.

  • Osher Reentry Scholarship

    The Osher Reentry Scholarship is supported by the Bernard Osher Foundation, which seeks to recognize the commitment, efforts, and financial hardships of reentry working adults as they balance their family, work, and school responsibilities in order to achieve their educational goals. Osher Reentry Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to a limited number of undergraduate students who demonstrate the potential for academic success.  Scholarship awards are applied directly to student tuition.

  • PLATO Scholarships

    Historically PLATO Scholarships have supported the degree completion goals of single parents whose family commitments presented unique challenges to their academic progress.  Since 2013, PLATO has extended its support not only to single parents but also to other nontraditional students who are striving to complete UW-Madison degrees.

  • Stuart Daily Seeds of Learning Fund

    To support a returning adult graduate student, Karen Doerfer Daily established the Stuart Daily Seeds of Learning Fund in 2004 to honor the memory of Stuart G. Daily, a teacher of much, to many.  His most valuable asset was his knowledge, and he encouraged others in their quest for knowledge.

  • Single Parent Scholarships

    Single Parent Scholarships are available for newly admitted or currently enrolled UW-Madison undergraduate, graduate, or professional students who are single parents. These scholarships are supported by the following donors: The Professor Nancy W. Denney Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Evjue Foundation Inc. the charitable arm of the Capital Times, the AAUW-Madison Branch, The University League, Inc., The Joe Corry and Barbara Weston Corry Scholarship Fund, and other private donors.

scholarship award winner shaking hands with donor

To apply for these scholarships, please complete the following steps:

1) Access the scholarship application through Scholarships@UW-MadisonSubmit just one common scholarship application for all of the scholarships that you are interested in applying for.

2) Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Please review these tips to help you complete your scholarship application.