University of Wisconsin–Madison

Parents Information

Student and teacher talkingAttendance at PTO meetings or as school volunteers do not alone measure parents’ interest or influence on their children’s schooling. Instead, it is the parents’ involvement in their children’s education wherever that occurs that is the more critical factor in achievement.

PEOPLE students are often the first in their families to attend college. Aside from the tremendous pride they feel, parents often comment on the “ripple effect” the program has on the entire family.

The Madison PEOPLE program works in close partnership with parents to: develop and implement targeted academic and career guidance plans for their child; provide referrals to local agencies for additional support; participate and advocate at parent-school conferences; and build parent-to-parent communication networks.

PEOPLE challenges motivated students by providing personal discovery, academic improvement and career exploration. Throughout the program, students demonstrate an increased understanding for college life and expectations as well as improved confidence in their academic abilities and preparation.


PEOPLE is designed for students with strong academic potential who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and also are African American, American Indian, Asian American (with an emphasis on Southeast Asian American), Chicano/a, Puerto Rican, Latino/a, or low-income students.


  • Milwaukee Public School District
  • Madison Metropolitan School District
  • Menominee Indian School District
  • Racine Unified School District
  • Kenosha Unified School District
  • Waukesha Public School District


Bad River, Ho-Chunk, Lac Courte Oreilles, Lac du Flambeau, Mole Lake, Oneida, Potawatomi, Red Cliff, St. Croix and Stockbridge-Munsee Indian Nations of Wisconsin.

For Madison–area residents, the six–year program begins in the summer when students have completed the sixth grade and continues until the students have graduated from high school. All other PEOPLE locations accept students when they are in ninth grade.

Priority for admission is given to students eligible for the free and reduced hot lunch program.

Upon graduation from high school, each PEOPLE student who is admitted to UW–Madison and completes the Bridge–to–College Program will be eligible for a tuition scholarship for up to five years.


NOTE: Completing the PEOPLE Program does not guarantee admission to the University of Wisconsin-Madison.