Global Scholars

King-Morgridge Scholars at the University of Wisconsin–Madison

The King-Morgridge Scholars Program provides exceptional students from low-income countries with a full scholarship to the University of Wisconsin–Madison (UWM). King Philanthropies developed the program in partnership with John and Tashia Morgridge. King-Morgridge Scholars come from low-income backgrounds and plan ultimately to return to their home country, where they can act as a force for change.

The program goes well beyond a conventional scholarship by offering participants a vibrant, well-rounded university experience. Robust support from UWM and King Philanthropies enables them to navigate the challenges of cross-cultural college life. Key elements of the program—academic and personal mentoring, leadership training, access to internship opportunities, and connection to global leaders in the field of poverty alleviation—create the conditions for King-Morgridge Scholars to thrive.

King-Morgridge Scholars also have the opportunity to engage with the UWM Willis L. Jones Leadership Center to develop their capacity to lead. The center is named for Dottie King’s father, Willis L. Jones, a beloved high school coach who worked in the Madison area for thirty-five years.

The King-Morgridge Scholars Program was established at UWM in 2017. At its maturity, the program will fund twenty-four promising young people each year through a combined $36 million gift from King Philanthropies and the Morgridge family.

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