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Undergraduate Scholarships

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures has various scholarships to support meritorious students in our Chinese and Japanese programs.


Cameron G. Keith Memorial Scholarship 

This award is given annually to two undergraduate students studying Japanese. This award is annouced during the fall semester, and eligible students may apply. The criteria are: Japanese major, junior or senior standing, cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above, currently taking Japanese, and plan to go into a Japanese related profession. Awards for the 2017-2018 have already been awarded.

Cameron G. Keith was an East Asian Studies and Economics studies major at UW-Madison who studied abroad in Japan, and later in Nepal. In his memory, the Keith family established these funds in memory of his interest in the region.

2017-18 Yusen Men and Colton Switalski

2016-17 Yixuan Cheng and Daniel Nachreiner

2015-16 Kanna Izushi-Ciolkosz and Josh Nys

2014-15 Benjamin Garton and Madison Mears 

2012-13 Matthew Reagan and Helen Schwartz


Ellen and William E. Fisher Scholarship

Ellen and William E. Fisher have provided funding for an annual scholarship to be awarded to an undergraduate student at the UW-Madison who is studying the Chinese language.  According to the terms of the gift agreement, the award is based on merit, therefore there is no application, but faculty will make a determination based on students progressing in the program. Mr. Fisher stipulated that the award must be made in the Fall semester, so that the recipient can use it in the Spring semester. The award for 2017-2018 has already been awarded.
 
2017-18 Tyler Ruzicka
 
2016-17 Allison Sharpless
 

Chou Kuo-p'ing Book Award
 
Several awards will be given each year to undergraduate students who are studying and will continue to study Chinese during the following semester. This award is made possible through a donation by Professor Emerita Chou Kuo-p’ing, the founder of the Chinese program here at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Professor Chou, a dedicated teacher, devoted her entire career to teaching, promoting and developing Chinese studies in Wisconsin.
 
Professor Chou was very active during her teaching career, and often helped financially disadvantaged students, especially those who excelled in their academic careers despite economic difficulties. Although this award is based mainly on the applicant’s academic performance, special consideration is given to those who are financially disadvantaged in order to carry on this tradition.
 
Applications are now being accepted -- Deadline: April 11, 2018 at 5 pm.
 
2016-17 Farhat Bhuiyan and Markayle Schears
 

Lawrence Louey Merit Scholarship
 
The Lawrence Louey Merit Scholarship is an annual competition recognizing an undergraduate Chinese major in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures with a $1000 award. Eligibility: You must be a graduating senior with a GPA above 3.75 and have taken at least three years of Chinese. An application is required for consideration, including a brief career plan, as well as a research paper from one of your major field courses. 
 
Applications are now being accepted -- Deadline: April 11, 2018 at 5 pm.

2016-17 Nathan Heinrich