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Each year, our selection committee utilizes a holistic review process to carefully choose a group of academically outstanding and talented young people pursuing a broad range of majors. Scholars are chosen for their demonstrated academic success in high school, the impact of their leadership skills, commitment to volunteer service, and potential to excel in the university’s rigorous educational environment.

Program Eligibility

In order to be eligible for the Chancellor’s and Powers-Knapp Scholarship Programs, applicants must:

  1. Demonstrate outstanding academic performance (3.0/4.0 GPA or higher in academic units)
  2. Plan to enroll as a new freshman in the fall following graduation from high school
  3. Be any of the following:
    • African American
    • Native American
    • Hispanic/Latino
    • Southeast Asian (Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian, or Vietnamese)
    • Socioeconomically disadvantaged*
  4. Be a U.S citizen

*The term “socioeconomically disadvantaged” refers to educational and social disadvantage, such as coming from a low-income family, a rural or farming community, attending a school with a limited college preparatory curriculum, or other family circumstances that impacted your educational opportunities.

Note: All applicants must have a completed Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with UW-Madison. For instructions on how to submit, please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid.

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How to Apply

Use your NetID and password and log into  to complete the general application. After completing the general application, you will be able to apply to the Chancellor’s and Powers-Knapp Scholarships.

For PRIORITY CONSIDERATIONapplication for the Chancellor’s and Powers-Knapp Scholarship Programs will open on October 1, 2018 and close November 15, 2018 at 11:59 PM Central Time.

For REGULAR CONSIDERATION, application for the Chancellor’s and Powers-Knapp Scholarship Programs will close February 1, 2019 at 11:59 PM Central Time.

*Applicants are encouraged to submit their application even if they have not yet been admitted to UW-Madison.






"I know for a fact I wouldn’t be where I am today without the continual support of the CS/PKS family."

Chundou Her, Powers-Knapp Scholarship Class of 2017