Keeping a CALS education affordable for undergraduate students

All across the state of Wisconsin, UW–Madison changes lives through its research contributions, commitment to public service and entrepreneurial activities. From February through June, the university will be highlighting the ways that UW–Madison changes lives for the better through the #uwchangeslives campaign. For the month of March, the campaign will focus on how the university provides students with an affordable, world class education.

At CALS, one way we help keep things affordable for undergraduates is by offering a lot of scholarships, thanks to the generosity of alumni, organizations, and corporate sponsors who wish to provide financial support specifically to CALS students. CALS currently has more than 230 unique scholarship funds, and the college awards around $1.25 million in scholarship each year. For the 2017-2018 academic year, CALS awarded $1.3M in scholarship money to 654 undergraduates. The average size of the award was $1,622.

The college is also actively involved in fundraising to increase this kind of student support. In 2018, six new scholarships were established at a value of $500,000 to support undergraduates. Departments receiving scholarship gifts this year include dairy science and life sciences communication.

Additionally, eight student-related funds (non-scholarships) were established in 2018. Many of these are program funds that include some sort of student support (travel, research, etc.). Departments benefitting from these funds are agricultural and applied economics, animal sciences, biological systems engineering, dairy science, entomology, genetics and the Farm and Industry Short Course. The total current value of these funds is about $72,000.

Overall, the college received $1.5 million in gifts to support students in 2018.

Throughout the month of March, CALS will be sharing good news about our efforts to ensure our students receive an affordable, world-class education on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can join the conversation at #uwchangesives and read more stories at