Scholarships from Outside CALS

The Office of Academic Affairs receives notification of scholarships offered by various agencies and organizations that may be of interest to CALS students.

+Reid Bryson Scholarship Poster Competition for UW-Madison students
          deadline February 22, 2018

Event schedule
1:45-2:15pm    Poster boards available to hang
2:15-3:15pm   Flash talks by Bryson scholarship participants
3:15-4:15pm   Bryson poster session
4:15-5:15pm   Keynote talk by Prof. Kim Cobb
4:15-5:30pm   Students should remove posters by the end of the event

General information
Individuals or groups of students may participate in the Bryson scholarship competition.  To register, please send the name or yourself and any group members, title of your poster, your status as an undergrad or graduate student, your department, how prize money would be divided among group members (if applicable), and whether you will be presenting a 2-minute flash talk of your research, to poster session coordinator Anne Sophie Daloz at, by Friday, February 9.  A total of $2000 will be awarded.

Students unable to attend Feb 22 event
Students who cannot be present on the day of the event are welcome to enter their posters, but will not be able to participate in the flash talk session.  To enter your poster without being present at the event, please drop it off in the break room of the Center for Climatic Research (CCR), located on the 11th floor of the AOS building, 1225 West Dayton Street, by the evening of February 21 (the day before the event), or earlier.  Posters should be left on the labeled space of the low black table on the north side of the room; event staff will bring these posters to the event and hang them.  Alternatively, they could be given to a friend who is able to hang them during the event.

Flash talks
All participants must show a poster of their work during the poster session.  Posters will be judged on a 15-point scale.  Participants are encouraged to also take part in a 2-minute “flash talk” summarizing the project featured in their poster.  Although the talk is not required, judges will award between 0-3 extra points to participants who present flash talks.  Flash talks are limited to two minutes.  It is requested that flash-talk speakers sit in the first two rows of the auditorium to reduce the time spent walking to the podium.

Speakers may choose to send in a PowerPoint that will be shown on the screen behind them as they speak.  It may include one or more slides.  If they do not choose to do a PowerPoint, a slide with their name and poster title will be shown behind them as they speak.  PowerPoints to be included in the flash talk series must be received by 5pm on Thursday, February 15, and cannot be changed after that point.  They will be put together into one long PowerPoint slide show to eliminate time lost by speakers having to close the previous presentation and open the next one; it will not be possible to bring in separate PowerPoint presentations on a flash drive.  Please e-mail any PowerPoint slides to

PDF of poster
There will not be enough time for the judges to see all posters during the event itself, so participants will need to send in PDFs of their poster by Friday, February 16 so that judges have a chance to review their work.

Day of event
The event will take place in Varsity Hall, on the 2nd floor of Union South.  The room devoted to poster boards will be divided into sections for undergraduate students, grad students, and non-students (non-students are not eligible for scholarship awards).  Please hang your poster between 1:45pm, when the room opens, and 2:15pm, when the flash talks begin.  Posters should be left in place until the end of the poster session at 4:15pm, but should be removed between 4:15-5:30pm, when the event ends.  Any posters still hanging at the end of the event will be collected by staff and taken to the CCR break room, on the 11th floor of the AOS building, where students can pick them up later.

Non-students who wish to participate
Scientists, faculty, honorary fellows, and others are encouraged to show posters during the poster session, but will not be eligible for Bryson scholarship awards.  Please contact Michael Notaro to register as a non-student, at

+Lakeshore Nature Preserve Committee - GRANT
          deadline March 1, 2018

The Lakeshore Nature Preserve Committee, a shared governance committee dedicated to overseeing the management of the 300-acre Lakeshore Nature Preserve, is pleased to announce small grant opportunities (up to $1000 each) for undergraduates and faculty or staff working with undergraduates to facilitate the use of the Preserve for educational purposes.

Go to our website to view the Request for Proposals and see past grant recipients. Alternatively you can find the Request for Proposals attached to this message along with a flyer that can be used to advertise this funding opportunity.

Please feel free to distribute widely! If your department, program, or organization maintains a list serve or list of funding opportunities we kindly ask you to include this opportunity.

The application deadline is March 1, 2018. Funds should be expended by Oct. 31, 2018 when a final report is due.

Questions may be directed to Laura Wyatt, Preserve Program Manager (

+4W Innovation Award
          deadline March 1, 2018

The 4W Innovation Award is intended as general support– which can be used toward summer salary, course buy out, or other arrangement with school or department– to allow a faculty or academic staff member to devote time to develop a key initiative related to women and well being and aligned with the vision and core values of the 4W program. Applications are open to all faculty and academic staff. Programs should enhance gender equity in communities (locally or globally) and have a research-to action focus. Preference will be given to projects that also provide benefits to faculty and/or students in the campus community.

4W anticipates making up to two awards of $5000 to $7500 each. Awardees will be celebrated at the 4W Annual Summit. The 4W Innovation award is made possible by the generosity of the Women’s Philanthropy Council.

Application Requirements
Project proposals (max 1500 words) should include:

  • A description of the project to be undertaken during the designated term of the award, and also any work on the project that has preceded or will follow the award period;
  • An explanation of how the project is aligned with 4W mission;
  • A description of the outcomes of the work;
  • An explanation of how the work connects scholarship to practice and enhances wellbeing.

The proposal must be accompanied by:

  • The CV of the applicant (3 pages max);
  • A letter of support from supervisor or department chair, stipulating how the general support will be applied (course buyout, summer salary, or other arrangement that allows the recipient to dedicate a concentrated period of time to the project);
  • Letters of support from non-university partners are appreciated, but not required.

To Apply
The application deadline for all proposals is 5:00PM on Thursday, March 1st, 2018.
All proposal materials should be submitted in a single PDF file to
Both email subject line and attachment file name should consist of the PI’s first and
last name, and the award name (Eg “Talylor Brown, 4W Innovation Award”).
4W will host two Q&A/info sessions:

  • February 1st, 2018 from 12pm-1pm
  • February 16th from 1-2pm

Both sessions will be held in Nancy Nicholas Hall room 4285F (the Centers Conference room, at the west end of the 4th floor).
You may also contact in advance of submission with any questions.

The following considerations apply to 4W Awards:

Awards will be announced in late March 2018, and funding will be available for use
during the summer of 2018, the 2018-2019 academic year, or the summer of 2019.
As a condition of receiving 4W fundings, you must agree to:

  • Follow all UW travel policies, which can be found at:;
  • Participate in the 4W Summit, as well as making a presentation to the 4W
    Leadership Circie and the Women’s Philanthropy Council;
  • Acknowledge 4W funding in all resulting publications and presentations;
  • Submit final paper or product and financial report to 4W.
+Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
          deadline March 6, 2018

What is it?
This is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad.



  • U.S. Citizen
  • Student in good academic standing
  • A three week minimum study abroad or internship program
  • Be receiving a Pell Grant during your time abroad



  • Summer 2018: March 6, 2018 at 11:59PM
  • Fall and Academic Year: March 6, 2018 at 11:59PM

For more information visit:

+State Fair Dairy Promotion Board Scholarships
          deadline March 23, 2018

The Wisconsin State Fair Dairy Promotion Board is offering $1,000 scholarships to be used during the second semester of the 2018-19 school year.

Third and fourth-year college students pursuing dairy-related or food science degrees at one of Wisconsin’s four-year universities are eligible to apply. Additional scholarships will be available to high school seniors planning to pursue a dairy-related or food science degree at one of Wisconsin’s four-year universities or students studying in a two-year, technical school program related to dairy or food science.

Applicants will be evaluated on involvement and leadership in dairy-related activities, scholastic achievement, and career objectives. Finalists will be interviewed in mid-April, with the recipients to be recognized at the 2018 Wisconsin State Fair.

The application is available at

Application deadline is Friday, March 23.

For more information, contact Katy Katzman at 262-903-6727 or

+Sustainable Agriculture & Forestry Scholarship
          deadline March 30, 2018

Brief Overview
Applica’on commences January 15 and ends March 1 every year. Award announced June 1.
The amount offered is currently $5,000.00 to one applicant.
The Fund is managed by The Rochester Area Foundation, Rochester, MN
Scholarship background information is available at
Applications can only be made at:

Focus is on SE Minnesota: Residency in counties of Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha and Winona prior to matriculation.

Student must attend not-for-profit institutions in the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota, or North Dakota with restrictions as indicated on the application form.

Area(s) of study are focused on Sustainability disciplines: agriculture and forestry; changing environments and human health; energy, climate, and built environments; the power of culture and society; or ethics, economics, and public policy as they relate to sustainability.

The Application is only available on the Rochester Area Foundation website but contains the following requirements:

  • Provide full legal name, Home Address, Student ID number, email and telephone number where applicant can be reached during and outside the school year.
  • Indicate the class to be attended (Junior, senior, graduate and level) at which school.
  • Present the academic cumulative GPA.
  • Copy of ACT and/or SAT scores
  • Most recent college transcripts
  • A letter of recommendation from the Advising Professor.

Present the following material in the order listed:
1. Coursework organized by area (for ex.: soils sciences related; forestry related; environmental science
related etc.)
2. Agricultural/forestry related work experience (indicate whether paid or unpaid)
3. Other work experience
4. Research conducted
5. Extracurricular activities, campus engagements etc.
6. Volunteer work
7. Certifications/honors/awards received
8. Organizational memberships and positions held
9. Examples demonstrating oral and written communications skills

10. Examples demonstrating leadership skills
11. Examples demonstrating other skills deemed applicable such as talents for education/instruction,
outreach etc.
12. Additional topics/information that you feel is appropriate.
13. One essay (400 words max. on a separate page) describing what your educational focus is as pertains to
sustainable (as defined later) agriculture or forestry. Identify potential future course work areas.
14. One essay (400 words max. on a separate page) where you might see yourself in the future. Whether
research, consulting, production, marketing, policy development, management, etc. Please provide an
explanation for your focus and why you think it is right for you.
15. Additional letters of reference as deemed appropriate.

Purpose of the scholarship fund is to provide financial aid to individuals growing up in southeast Minnesota who are committed to sustainability in the fields of agriculture and forestry, have demonstrated leadership and communication skills, and are interested in pursuing a career in sustainable agriculture and/or forestry. Sustainable practices ensure clean water, health regenerative soils, and vibrant rural communities for future generations. The scholarship fund seeks to find the next generation of agricultural and forestry professionals who will learn how to manage our environment on a completely sustainable basis, provide food and shelter for people, and in the process protect our precious natural resources for our children and those yet to come.

Narrative for the scholarship fund The Scholarship was established in 2015 when its co-founders grew concerned about increasing threats to our rural environment from the increase in corporate and factory farming in Minnesota. These threats include undrinkable water in Southwest Minnesota; bee colony collapse and disappearance of the monarch butterflies; increased soil erosion and depletion of soil quality; and global climate change. Research shows many of these problems can be reversed by changing farming practices, i.e. practices that regenerates top soil and increases bio diversity now and long into the future, such as no till operation, planting cover crops, and reducing our dependence on chemicals. The United Nations estimates if we continue farming as we are we will exhaust our arable land by 2077 and in the process kill off many organisms on which we depend.

We are interested in funding students who will find ways to increase food and fiber production without endangering the sustainability of the land and who seek to be exposed to skill and knowledge building about changing environments and human health; energy, climate, and built environments; the power of culture and society; and ethics, economics and public policy all as pertains to sustainability.

The word sustainability has multiple meanings depending on the situation and perspective. For the purposes of this scholarship, sustainability shall refer to the economic, social, and environmental issues as embodied in the spirit of Oren Lyons, Chief of the Onondaga Nation, who writes: “We are looking ahead, as is one of the first mandates given us as chiefs, to make sure and to make every decision that we make relate to the welfare and well-being of the seventh generation to come. . . .”

+Wisconsin Dairy Products Assn., Robert L. Bradley Scholarship
          deadline March 30, 2018

The Wisconsin Dairy Products Assn. (WDPA) is proud to once again offer the Robert L. Bradley Scholarship, and the Wisconsin Dairy Products Association Scholarship. Both scholarships will be worth $2,000 each.  The first scholarship is named after Dr. Bob Bradley, a long-time professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a major supporter of WDPA.  Dr. Bradley   has been the Senior Associate Head Judge for WDPA’s World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest for the past 15 years. These two scholarships will be awarded each year to two deserving college students pursuing careers in the dairy industry. The funding for these scholarships comes from the net proceeds of the World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest.

The scholarships are available to any student attending a University of Wisconsin system school, i.e. UW-Madison, UW-Platteville, UW-River Falls, etc.

To be eligible for the scholarships, the student must meet the following criteria:

o Graduating high school seniors and college freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible for these scholarships.  No grad students are eligible.

o The student must be attending a UW school or planning to attend (if presently a high school senior).

o The student must be in the Food Science program, Dairy Science program, or a dairy industry related program (should explain in essay how their field of interest will benefit the dairy industry) in order to apply.

o The student must be in good academic standing.

o The award can be used for any college educational expenses, including tuition, books, room and board, etc.

How to apply:

o The student must complete the attached application. In addition, the student must write a 400-word essay explaining their current field of study and how it relates to their future goals.

o Student must also submit two letters of recommendation from reliable, unrelated (to student) sources.

o Student must submit their high school transcript and current college transcript.

o Student should send the completed application, essay, transcripts, and letters of recommendation to WDPA (8383 Greenway Blvd., Middleton, WI 53562 or before March 30, 2018.

o A judging panel will review all applications.

o The scholarship winner will be announced on April 30, 2018.

o The scholarship check will be deposited in the winning student’s account at the UW college account and will be divided equally between the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters ($1,000 disbursed for each semester).

  • The winning students will be invited to attend the World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest auction on October 2, 2018 in order to be properly recognized.
  • In order to offer as many students as possible opportunities to win these scholarships, past WDPA/Dr. Bradley Scholarship winners are not eligible for this year’s scholarships.

The application deadline is March 30, 2018.  Please submit all pertinent materials to WDPA prior to that date.

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+DHIA Polk-Burnett Scholarship
          deadline March 31, 2018

These scholarships will be made available by the AgSource DHIA Foundation for students enrolled in post high school education or planning to pursue post high school education. Applicant’s family must reside in Polk or Burnett Counties or be a present or past member of the Polk-Burnett DHI AgSource.

Preference may be given to students in agriculture related majors and students of farm families. Scholarship proceeds will not be given until student has successfully completed one semester of post high school education and a transcript is sent in showing the semester completion.  An applicant may be entering or already enrolled in post high school education programs.

Application acceptance is now open. Please use the current 2018 DHIA Application to send in with the other required paperwork for this scholarship. All applications and other required information must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2018.

Please send all application materials to:

Polk County UW-Extension office
Attn: Wendy Linke
100 Polk County Plaza, Suite 190
Balsam Lake, WI  54810

+Lake County Indiana Master Gardener
          deadline April 2, 2018

The Lake County Indiana Master Gardener organization is in its thirteenth year of providing scholarships to undergraduate college/university students from Lake County Indiana majoring in Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, Forestry, Botany (Horticulture Equivalent), Plant Pathology, Agricultural Education, and Entomology. Other majors that benefit consumer gardening may be considered if the applicant provides a one paragraph description of how they will use their major to promote the objectives of the Master Gardeners.

Students may download an application form at Lake County Master Gardener 2018-19 Scholarship.

+Midwest Food Products Association Scholarship
          deadline April 27, 2018

Each scholarship awards up to three $1,500.00 scholarships (total of up to six scholarships) to deserving undergraduate students who are majoring in agriculture or food science within the University of Wisconsin system (currently Madison, Platteville and River Falls campuses).

Interested students must assemble and present all of the following information (see application form for specific information required) to be viewed by the MWFPA Human Resources Committee between February and June of the current year.

1. One completed application form will consider you for both scholarships (applications are available in the months of February, March, April of each year through your guidance office, department office, the MWFPA office or on our website at
2. Grade point average (verified by providing a complete transcript)
3. Letter of recommendation from advisor or other faculty member.
4. Letter of interest from the student (not to exceed 4 pages)
5. Letter of recommendation from past or present employer(s)
6. Indication of need for financial assistance. (listed on the application form)
7. Summer and/or permanent address and phone number.
Incomplete applications and applications received/post marked after the deadline stated on the applications will not be considered. Do not staple applications.

Applications should be mailed by the date listed on the application to:
MWFPA – HR Committee
4600 American Pkwy, Suite 210
Madison, WI 53718-8334
emailed to:

Applications will be reviewed by the Midwest Food Products Assn Human Resource Committee and any award to qualified applicants will be announced each year, on or around May 20th. If you have any questions, please contact the MWFPA office at (608) 255-9946 or visit our website at

+Milton Fisher Scholarship
          deadline May 1, 2018

2018 Milton Fisher Scholarship is available for exceptionally innovative and creative high school juniors, seniors and college freshmen.

The award amount of the scholarship is $20,000.

The scholarship application deadline is May 1, 2018

Applicants can get more information through the given link: Milton Fisher Scholarship

+Best Rural Health Paper
         deadline June 1, 2018

Write on a rural health topic for a regular class and submit a copy as an entry by June 1, 2018.

The Essay Prize, established in 1993, is open to anyone who has been a student at the University of
Wisconsin (UW) within the preceding year (all campuses, programs, undergraduate, graduate, resident,
fellows, part‐time, and non‐degree included). The competition was established to honor the memory of
Hermes Monato, Jr., a December 1990 graduate, as well as to highlight the importance of rural health.
Hermes worked at the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative (RWHC) for only a few years but his
infectious spirit and creative mind left rural health an enduring legacy.

The writer of the winning essay will receive a check for $2,500.00 paid from a trust fund established at
the University of Wisconsin by RWHC, and family and friends of Hermes. The winning essay will be
about rural health with some of the following attributes:

There are no rigid requirements for the length, format, etc. To date, winning papers have ranged from
first person essays to formal “journal ready” articles. Please note that papers already written for a class or
other purposes during the previous twelve months are also eligible for this competition. “Papers with an
international theme are welcome but only if that theme is used to provide insight on U.S. rural health care
or policy.”

All entries (no copies needed) must be submitted by Thursday, June 1, 2017 to: Monica Seiler, Rural
Wisconsin Health Cooperative, 880 Independence Lane, Sauk City, Wisconsin 53583 (or by email:

Please include the writer’s name, contact information (address, email, phone), academic program and
expected date of graduation on a separate cover sheet. Information regarding past winners is available at:

+U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship Program
          deadline open

U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship Program The Critical Language Scholarship Program is an intensive overseas language program. For seven to ten weeks each summer, undergraduate and graduate students from across the U.S. live and study at over twenty sites abroad, covering the equivalent of a full year of college-level language study in thirteen critical languages. Additional criteria and application information is available at: U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship Program.

+Adult Career & Special Student Services (ACSSS)
          deadline open

Adult Career & Special Student Services (ACSSS) Returning adult students are often concerned about financing their education. ACSSS can help. Students who have had a significant break (typically 5 years or more) along their educational path and are planning to enroll in just one course in a semester may be eligible for a Continuing Education Grant. The grant pays full in-state tuition for one course. Additional criteria and application information is available at our website at Continuing Education (CE) Grant – summer, fall, and spring grant application deadlines