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The Wisconsin Eastern Alumni Scholarship Fund (WEASF) makes it possible for academically exceptional minority students with significant financial need from New York City public schools to pursue their dreams at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

More than 50 years ago, alumni volunteers established WEASF to expand the Wisconsin Experience to talented yet underrepresented students from NYC, supporting a diverse exchange of backgrounds and ideas.

The Wisconsin Eastern Alumni Scholarship Fund is driven by an NYC-based alumni volunteer board and professionally managed by the UW Foundation.

In addition to scholarship distribution, WEASF volunteers maintain relationships with a number of NYC public high schools to share our Badger pride and inspire possibility to students who otherwise may not realize a UW-Madison education is financially feasible with scholarship support.

WEASF & The Big Apple Badgers

The Big Apple Badgers, New York City’s official UW alumni chapter, is established as a 501(c)(3) to facilitate fundraising through game watches and other local chapter events while encouraging Badger connections and camaraderie among NYC-area alumni of all ages.

The chapter works closely with WEASF to support scholarships for local area students.

About the WEASF Scholarship

Criteria for a WEASF scholarship include:

  • Students must be accepted by the University of Wisconsin
  • Students must demonstrate significant financial need, exhibited by FAFSA
  • Students must be a member of an ethnic minority

WEASF members interview each applicant to assess how likely the student is to succeed at the University and to understand how committed the student and the student’s family are to attending an out-of-state school. WEASF candidates are exceptional students and often are considering generous offers from other top universities.

Scholarship funds are renewable each year provided the student maintains a C average.

About WEASF Students

WEASF students are accepted to UW-Madison on their own academic merit and represent some of the brightest young people graduating from NYC public high schools. Often first-generation college attendees, WEASF students demonstrate significant financial need. WEASF scholarship fills outstanding gaps in traditional financial aid packages.

Students from NYC support the enrichment of perspectives, opinions, and cultural differences that define exceptional, world-class universities like UW-Madison.

In the 2017-2018 academic year, WEASF is supporting 13 exceptional Badgers hailing from NYC public schools: six freshmen, three sophomores, one junior, and three seniors.

About Scholarship Need

Never before have scholarships been more important. The estimated cost of attendance for an undergraduate non-resident is more than $50,000 annually and rising.