Financial Assistance


The Jesus Salas Academic Activist Scholarship is conferred annually, usually in the Spring, to a Chican@ and Latin@ Studies Program Undergraduate Certificate student who has both excelled academically and made outstanding service contributions to the Chican@ and Latin@ Community. Administered by the CLS Program, the award is named in honor of longtime activist Jesus Salas for his continuous commitment and dedication to the advancement and well-being of the Chican@ and Latin@ community. Regent Salas earned a Master’s degree in Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and in 1964 he helped found the Obreros Unidos, a Wisconsin agricultural labor union (more information). He was also the first Latino executive director of United Migrant Opportunity Services, Inc. He served on the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents from 2004 to 2007, and was an instructor at the Milwaukee Area Technical College for many years.  The Program accepts applications for the Scholarship through AcademicWorks, the UW-Madison scholarship platform.


The Chican@ & Latin@ Studies Program takes applications for the Somos Student and Faculty Development Awards every Spring, beginning in 2020.  The awards are supported by the generosity of Dr. Andrea-Teresa Arenas with proceeds from the sale of her book Somos Latinas, and by her husband, former Chancellor John Wiley.  The Program will make at least one student award and at least one faculty award up to $1500.00 each every year.  The awards will support professional, academic, or artistic initiatives, preferably to be carried out during the summer or academic year following each competition.  Examples of eligible initiatives include travel to professional meetings, research expenses, research assistants, travel to collections, training that would enhance teaching, and creative projects.  Applications will be screened by a committee of CLSP faculty and staff who will determine the award winner or winners.   The award will be distributed as reimbursement following the completion of the initiative, or on a timeline to be determined by the awardee and the Director.  Students may apply for the award through the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH).  Faculty may email their applications to the Program office.  Please review application instructions for students and faculty before submitting.  The Deadline for Spring 2020 awards is April 3rd.


Search the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub for opportunities (Apply with NetID).

The UW-Madison Multicultural Student Center has scholarship information for undocumented students, along with other helpful information.

The Dreamers of UW-Madison have begun offering scholarships to students.  Contact the organization directly for more information and for application deadlines.


USDE Resource Guide: Supporting Undocumented Youth (2015)

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Centro Hispano of Dane County, through its Becas Program, annually awards an average of two to four $2,500 scholarships to high school seniors, and two $5,000 scholarships to students already enrolled in college to help them complete their studies.  Centro is also part of the coalition that awards the Roberto G. Sánchez Scholarship to Spanish/English bilingual college students.

Latinos United for College Education Scholarships (LUCES), a south central Wisconsin nonprofit, offers scholarships to recent high school graduates and returning college students in the state.

Madison’s Latino Educational Council, Inc. maintains a list of scholarships and other resources related to education, training, and career placement.  Their 2017 Guide to Scholarships Available to Undocumented Students contains a wealth of information.