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Motor City

The mission of the WAA: Motor City Chapter is to connect UW graduates living in Southeastern Michigan, raise funds from a variety of local events, and offer scholarships to deserving local high school seniors who plan to attend UW–Madison. We also celebrate their accomplishments while they are studying at UW–Madison and endeavor to bring them back to the area by finding them jobs with local employers when they are done with their education. Scholarships are awarded based primarily upon financial need and academic performance, but community service, extracurricular involvement, and special circumstances are also considered. We grant an average of three scholarships every year, ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 each, with the top awardee receiving special recognition and funding in honor of Edward O. Adams, a longtime scholarship committee leader.

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Chapter Scholarships

An undergraduate degree is increasingly important to a successful future. Years ago, a student could pay for college with a part-time job. But this is no longer the case. The Motor City Alumni Scholarship Fund makes all the difference for promising students in the Southeastern Michigan area who aspire to become Badgers but could not do so without financial assistance.

During Day of the Badger, every gift to a chapter scholarship fund will be matched dollar for dollar — up to $500 per gift and $3,000 per chapter — thanks to the George and Dorothy Pellegrin Wisconsin Alumni Association Scholarship Endowment Fund.

History of Chapter Scholarships at the UW

Founded in 1967, the Chapter Scholarship Program has awarded more than $10 million to nearly 5,000 deserving UW–Madison students around the world.

Impact of Your Donation

Scholarships are critical to attracting the best and brightest students to UW–Madison. A recent survey revealed that insufficient scholarships/financial aid is the deciding factor for 58 percent of high-achieving students who decide to enroll elsewhere. Your gift makes a difference in the number of local students we can support. With your generosity, these students have bright futures ahead.