The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) awards more than 100 scholarships totaling over $200,000 to FISC students each academic year. On average, $3,000 in scholarships is awarded to each student. These scholarships are offered by foundations, trust funds, organizations, and private firms. Examples include the Freddie Gage Jr. Memorial Scholarship, Farm Credit Service Scholarships, the Carl and Mina Gall Memorial Scholarship, East Central/Select Sires Scholarship, and the Charles Eckburg Foundation Short Course Scholarship. All students who are interested in the Farm & Industry Short Course Program are encouraged to apply for scholarships as well. At the time of application to the program, students should also complete a scholarship application. Students who complete the scholarship application by April 1 will receive priority scholarship consideration. Please note, you do not have to be accepted to the program in order to apply for scholarships; we encourage students to submit both applications simultaneously.
For external scholarships, consider:
- Dairy Farmers of Walworth County Scholarship
- DHI Foundation Polk-Burnett Fund Group Scholarship
- East Central/Select Sires
- Carleton A. Friday Scholarships and Kenneth G. Weckel Scholarships
- The Freddie Gage, Jr. Memorial FFA Matching Scholarship Program
Students receiving external scholarships (those from outside FISC) should do the following:
- Have the donor make the check out to: The University of Wisconsin – Madison
- Have the donor identify the student by full name (and campus ID if known) on the memo line of the check or in an accompanying letter
- Mail (or bring)the check to:
UW Madison Bursar’s Office
333 East Campus Mall #10501
Madison, WI 53715-1383
Once the check arrives at the Bursar’s Office, it will be applied to the student’s account and will be used to offset student tuition and fees for the FISC program.
The best way to start your search for additional scholarships is through organizations in your local area (e.g., Jaycees, Elks, rotary clubs, religious groups). Also, ask your parent or guardian if their employer provides college scholarships and/or grants to their employee’s children.
To search for scholarship opportunities, consider:
Since the duration of FISC is shorter than a regular academic year and does not lead to an undergraduate degree, no federal financial aid is available; however, institution aid may be available, and students are recommended to complete the FAFSA. If students go to a commercial bank to secure funds for their education, they should ask about private student loans. We have prepared a letter for your conversation with your lender.
Short Course students can also apply for a short-term loan available through the FISC office. Students may borrow up to $1,500 and have six months to pay back the loan interest free. After six months, interest fees become effective on loan payments. Applicants receive information on loan repayment at the time the loan is approved. Those who intend to make a request for our short-term loan, must appear in person to 116 Agricultural Hall and, in addition to basic information, be able to provide the following on the loan application:
- Campus ID
- Social Security Number
- Driver’s License Number
- Two References, including Name, Address, and Occupation
- Source of Repayment
- Employer’s Name and Address, if applicable
Military veterans and current members of the National Guard/Reserves who are admitted to FISC should contact the Registrar and/or Dean of Students office – Division of Student Life for assistance in determining educational benefit eligibility. For more information, visit the following websites:
Paid Note Taker
Though not considered “financial aid,” note taking is a way to make additional money while on campus. Past note takers have used their paychecks for groceries, living expenses, or future business endeavors after graduation. Note takers are hired to provide class notes to another student in the course. The pay rate is $30 per credit, plus an additional $15 per credit for providing notes to more than one student in the same class. The total amount earned in one academic year can range from $90 – $630. For information on how to apply, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-263-3918.
For student employment opportunities on and near campus, visit the student job center website.