King-Morgridge Scholars at University of Wisconsin-Madison—
Exceptional Students Committed to Changing the World
The King-Morgridge Scholars Program trains and equips a new generation of strong and ethical leaders who know poverty firsthand and are dedicated to solving its root issues. With the benefit of a world-class college education and leadership training, these King-Morgridge Scholars will be prepared to employ game-changing solutions to alleviate poverty across the globe.
In 2017, Bob and Dottie King–in conjunction with the Morgridge family–launched the King-Morgridge Scholars Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UMW). The King-Morgridge Scholars Program aims to alleviate global poverty by bringing enterprising, creative and dedicated students from developing nations to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for a world-class college education, extraordinary internship opportunities, and participation in a unique leadership training program designed for future careers related to poverty alleviation.
King-Morgridge Scholars are awarded full scholarships to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and they receive extensive support that begins before they even arrive on campus, with pre-orientation services, and carries them through their entire college career with academic mentoring and summer internships in fields related to poverty alleviation. Drawing on a total gift of $36 million, the program will eventually fund 24 UMW students per year (6 students in each class). King-Morgridge Scholars also have the opportunity to engage with the Willis L. Jones Leadership Center, a facility at UMW named after Dottie King’s beloved father.