WALSAA Scholarships

One of the major ways that the Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association (WALSAA) supports and gives back to the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) is in the form of scholarships. These scholarships support sophomores, Farm Industry Short Course (FISC) students and the future leaders of the CALS campus. The ability for WALSAA to provide this type of support is at the core of its mission and solidifies its connection to CALS. Starting with donations and continuing with annual silent auctions, WALSAA has been able to generate continued scholarship support over many years to deserving students of CALS.

Outstanding Farm & Industry Short Course Student Award 

Congratulations 2015-2016 winners! 2016-2017 winners will be announced in January. Check back in November for the 2017-2018 application

Outstanding Sophomore Award

Congratulations 2015-2016 winners! 2016-2017 winners will be announced soon – check back in January for the 2017-2018 application.

Student Impact Grant Application

Applications for WALSAA Student Impact grants are accepted on a rolling basis, however, March 1 and October 1 are target deadlines. All applications will be considered regardless of date submitted. APPLY HERE

 All applications are to be submitted electronically. Please contact the WALSAA Administrative Coordinator at admin@walsaa.org with any challenges. Personal statements and additional supporting documentation should be attached to applications.

Outstanding Advisor Award

In 1997 WALSAA developed and endowed the WALSAA Outstanding Advisor Award. This award is yet another way to distinguish and honor members of CALS faculty for exceptional student advising service.

Outstanding Sophomore Award

Previous OSA Recipients

Annually, WALSAA selects several outstanding sophomores who have demonstrated excellence in academics, leadership and service to the University and their community. These students are awarded a financial gift to apply toward tuition in their junior year at UW-Madison. The amount of each award is up to $2,000 per student. The Outstanding Sophomore Award winners are recognized at a WALSAA Board meeting in the spring and at the scholars and donors event in the fall, in addition to being announced in the WALSAA Express and website.

2016-17 Winners

Ciera Ballmer, Dairy Science, Janesville, Wisconsin
Kristin Carlson, Biology, Elgin, Illinois
Bailey Fritsch, Dairy Science, Dodgeville, Wisconsin
Emily Michael, Animal Sciences, Lake Zurich, Illinois
David Pintens, Biological Systems Engineering, Dallas, Wisconsin
Nicole Pralle, Dairy Science, Humbird, Wisconsin
YuanFang Tham, Food Science, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Stephanie Thiel, Food Science, Plymouth, Wisconsin
Jessica Wendt, Agriculture Business Management, Stoughton, Wisconsin
Diane Xue, Agricultural & Applied Economics, Germantown, Wisconsin

Farm & Industry Short Course (FISC) Scholarships

Previous FISC Award Recipients

The WALSAA Farm & Industry Short Course Outstanding Student Award is presented to second year Short Course students who excel in academics, activities and leadership. WALSAA presents 1 – $1,000, 2 – $500 and 2 – $250 scholarships that are announced at the March FISC graduation.

2016-17 Winners

Helen Holtz $1,000
Lindsey Rettenmund $500
Kevin Richardson $500
Libby Manthe $250
Evan Schindler $250