The University League, a non-profit membership organization founded in 1901, has a long history of supporting UW-Madison students. Since 1985 the League has given more than $1,000,000 in scholarship funding and gifts to UW related organizations. The League's mission is to raise scholarship money, and provide interest groups, volunteer opportunities and social activities for its members.
For many decades, University League members have provided generous scholarship support to UW-Madison students. Funds come from the proceeds of the annual Scholarship Benefit, general donations, memorial and honorary donations and endowed scholarships.
The University League has developed 25 Endowed Scholarships with a book value of more than $1,000,000. In 2016-17 University League dispersed $124,301 in interest earnings from those endowments.
In 2016-17, the University League dispersed $27,100 in general and memorial scholarships and gifts. This includes $1500 to each of the 11 University of Wisconsin - Madison schools and colleges., The $10,600 UL Memorial Scholarship was given to the College of Letters and Science. Additionally, $3000 was donated to University Of Wisconsin-Madison affiliated organizations
Scholarship Funding Opportunities
The University League's scholarship and gift program is outstanding among Big Ten Women's Organizations. In 2017 The University League awarded $151,401 in Endowed, General and Memorial Scholarships. Helping students is a major part of the University Leagues mission.
There are several ways in which League members and others may participate in funding scholarships and gifts:
1. Scholarship Donations - include donations made when paying dues or event fees as well as monies from fund raising projects such as the Scholarship Benefit. Donations may be made in Memory of or in Honor of individuals.
2. University League Centennial Endowed Scholarship - established in 2016 to honor students. This scholarship will provide financial support in perpetuity. The interest from this endowment will be available for financial aid in 2017. Contributions may be made to this fund in increments of $100.
3. Named Endowed Scholarships - a minimum amount is required to start a named endowed scholarship. The funds are held at the UW Foundation. A member can build up funds in her/his name over time with contributions of at least $1000 per donation. These donations are held in the University League Endowmwnt Fund, and the interest on this fund is used annually for scholarships. When an individual's total contribution reaches a minimum (currently $10,000), the money can be separated out to become a permanent Endowed Scholarship in the persons name. Endowed scholarships may also be set up in membory of or in honor of an individual.
The University League Board encourages members and friends to make scholarship donations any time. Checks should be made payable to The University League, Inc. and mailed to The University League, Inc., P.O. Box 5064, Madison, WI 53705-0064. Please indicate on the check whether it is a general scholarship donation, a memorial in honor of or in memory of, or a contribution to the University League Centenial Endowed Scholarship Fund or an individual Endowed Scholarship.Please call the University League President or the Endowed Scholarship Chair if you have any questions about scholarship donations.