Scholarship & Service Programs

Here at UW-Madison, we have organized our major diversity programs into one division with programs that now ensure a developmental pipeline of diversity which can now be seen in every school and college across the campus. This inclusive excellence encompasses not only race, gender, socio-economic status, religion and national origin, but a diversity of educational legacies and human experiences from a wide range perspectives and cultural backgrounds.

Center for Educational Opportunity (CeO)

CeO promotes access to resources, academic achievement and personal growth for students whose parents have not received a four-year degree, students who meet specific federal family income guidelines, and students with documented disabilities.

First Wave

Administered by the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI), the First Wave Hip Hop and Urban Arts Learning Community is the first university program in the country centered on urban arts, spoken word and hip-hop culture.

Mercile J. Lee Scholars Program

As one of the campus’s strategic initiatives, the Chancellor's and Powers-Knapp scholarships help attract and develop gifted and talented individuals from underrepresented minority groups and educationally/culturally disadvantaged backgrounds.


Posse identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes.

Precollege Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence (PEOPLE)

PEOPLE is a pre-college pipeline for students of color and low-income students, most of whom are the first in their families to potentially attend college. Their journey prepares them to apply, be successfully admitted and enroll at the UW-Madison.