University of Wisconsin–Madison

College Scholars

"We ask you to reach back and lift as you climb."

Jackie Dewalt, Director

Undergraduate Program

Students who successfully complete the pre-college program, meet UW-Madison admission requirements, and complete the eight-week Bridge-to-College Program are eligible for a tuition scholarship for up to five years.

The scholarship will cover tuition only. Expenses for room and board, books, travel, living allowances and other costs, including medical insurance, are not included.

To maintain eligibility for the PEOPLE tuition scholarship, students must meet academic credit and grade point requirements.

Ongoing mentoring and academic support is made available to ensure retention and graduation rates of PEOPLE college students remain high.

PEOPLE undergraduates are also encouraged to participate in an array of campus community service activities, and are expected to mentor and tutor PEOPLE middle and high school students.

Group of freshman
Incoming freshmen arrive early on campus to take college credit courses and receive a full orientation to campus life. They must complete an 8-week bridge summer program to remain eligible for the PEOPLE tuition scholarship.

Campus Links


  • Summer Collegiate Experience Summer Collegiate Experiance is a summer bridge program designed to help incoming first-year students make a successful transition from high school to college. SCE participants attend three classes during the Summer Session (mid June – mid August) and receive a total of 8 degree credit for both. The cost of tuition, books, and room and board in a residence hall is covered for all participants in the program.
  • TRIO Student Support Sevices is a campus-wide program open to students from various disciplines. We work with over 250 students per year. Our mission is to provide a supportive learning community which fosters an equal opportunity for success in higher education.
  • MULTICULTURAL STUDENT CENTER Since the Fall of 1988 the Multicultural Student Center (MSC) has been providing out-of-classroom experiences where students and other members of the University community can learn about and appreciate other cultures. The UW-Madison campus values diversity and the MSC has been providing opportunities by which differences can be celebrated. The MSC focuses its resources on the needs of five designated student of color groups (African American, American Indian, Asian American, Chicano and Puerto Rican). The Multicultural Student Center is a unit of the Office of the Dean of Students and is located on the second floor of The Old Red Gym, 716 Langdon St.
  • ACADEMIC ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM AAP is primarily focused on providing access to higher education to individuals who may be academically at risk, but show high potential for success at the university by offering academic support services in the following areas: first-year orientation, academic advising, tutoring, writing instruction, study skills, and connections to the UW student body as well as community resources.