Callahan Scholars Program

The Callahan Scholars program coordinates support services, provides financial assistance to students who need it most, and fosters a community and sense of belonging to help students with high financial need and students of color thrive with the ultimate goal of graduation. Callahan Scholar students will receive $5000 in scholarship annually for up to Four years, a value of $20,000 per student.

40 scholarships are available, with 10 specifically designated for new freshman.

The details

To be eligible, you need to:

  • Be a full-time, degree seeking undergraduate student
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant, or otherwise demonstrate high levels of financial need
    ► For full consideration, file your FAFSA by going to

Preference given to:

  • Underrepresented student populations
  • Graduates of a Kenosha County High School
  • Students living on campus, though not required

Parkside Scholar Students will:

  • Have one-on-one appointments/check in’s with a Callahan Scholars Success Coach each semester, typically bi-weekly for 10-15 minutes
  • Participate in one or more campus engagement opportunity each semester
  • Complete 10 or more hours of community service each semester in Kenosha, Racine, or at UW-Parkside
  • Be eligible for additional funding for hands-on learning experiences



Living on campus isn’t required, but is strongly encouraged. The scholarship would likely make on-campus living affordable for you. You can discuss costs and eligibility with Scholarships and Financial Aid by emailing

It may, but this will depend on other aid received.


Options include (but are not limited to):

  • Joining and participation in a student organization
  • Parkside Student Government
  • Participating in Parkside Leadership $ Personal Development Series
  • Being a peer mentor/advisor
  • MOSAIC educator
  • Peer health educator
  • On campus student employment

Appointments will be 10-15 minutes at minimum, and will occur bi-weekly.

*Additional funding may be available if needed

  • Study Abroad
  • Research opportunities
  • Service learning
  • Internship

Participation in Promise Plus activities counts towards the campus engagement opportunities. You will still be required to attend one-on-one sessions with your Callahan Scholar Success Coach.

Got more questions?


Cassy Villegas
262-595-2300  |
The Commons, Wyllie Hall D1

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