University of Wisconsin–Madison

First Wave Application

How do I apply to First Wave?

  • STEP ONE

    Fill out the First Wave Scholarship Information Form! You must first fill out this mandatory form in order to apply to the First Wave Scholarship Program. With this information, we are able to track and prioritize your UW-Madison admissions application. The October 15, 2018 deadline is a PRIORITY deadline only for First Wave applicants.

  • STEP TWO

    Apply for admission to UW-Madison! In order to move onto step three, you must first submit your UW-Madison admissions application and wait for an email within 48 hours that will give you your UW-Madison 10-digit Campus ID number (starting with 90-). This will be required to submit your First Wave application in step three. Please pay close attention to the UW-Madison Admission Application Materials ListALL mandatory materials for BOTH the UW-Madison admission application AND the First Wave scholarship application are due IN THOSE OFFICES by October 15, 2018.  Please start the process early to allow enough time for application materials to be received by the October 15, 2018 deadline.

  • STEP THREE

    Apply to First Wave! Once you have submitted your First Wave Scholarship Information Form, you will be emailed a link to the First Wave Scholarship Application on or after August 15, 2018.

Important Dates:

  • First Wave Application available  beginning August 15, 2018
  • First Wave & UW-Madison admission applications are due on October 15, 2018

If you have any questions, please email us at

fwscholarship@cdo.wisc.edu.