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The Need for Scholarships

A key role of the UWM Alumni Association is building and strengthening student scholarship programs to ensure that UWM's proud academic tradition will continue. These scholarship programs help to enhance educational opportunities for young people who may not otherwise be able to pursue a college education. By participating in the Panther Prowl and collecting pledges, you are helping to ensure a  bright future for many deserving young people. The statistics below illustrate how much every dollar raised is helpful.



Wisconsin $9,380
Minnesota $13,234
Other $19,088
Estimated Room & Board $11,404
Data from the UW-Milwaukee Department of Financial Aid







  • Over 78 percent of enrolled UWM students have received financial aid in 2011-12.
  • 42 percent of UWM students who applied for financial aid in 2011-12 are first generation college students.
  • The average undergraduate resident borrower student loan debt at graduation in 2010-11 was $30,636.
  • 80 percent of financial aid applicants are employed, according to 2011-12 information.
  • The average income of financial aid applicants who work, according to 2011-12 figures, is $11,800.
  • The average total household income of all financial aid applicants, according to 2011-12 information, is $60,657.
  • Over a lifetime, the gap in earning potential between a high school diploma and a B.A. (or more advanced degree) is nearly $1,000,000.
Learn more about the UWM Alumni Association's scholarship offerings and If you have questions  or would like to receive an application, contact Erin Harrass, UWM Alumni Association, (414) 906-4662,