The University of Wisconsin-Madison has awarded $250,000 in need-based scholarships for Summer Term 2016, up from $25,000 last year. The scholarships will help 225 high-achieving undergraduate students take summer courses that advance their academic and professional careers.

Brittany Huser’s Summer Term scholarship will help her graduate on schedule in spring 2017.

Brittany Huser’s Summer Term scholarship will help her graduate on schedule in spring 2017.

“Summer Term offers tremendous value to students, and the additional scholarships will allow more undergraduates take advantage of it,” says Jeffrey S. Russell, dean of continuing studies and vice provost for lifelong learning. “Summer courses can help students complete challenging degree requirements and also earn the credits they need to graduate on time.”

To receive a scholarship, students had to demonstrate both financial need and academic excellence and explain how Summer Term fits into their academic plans. More than 500 students applied, compared to 160 in 2015. Individual scholarships range from $500 to $1,500.

Stress relief

Brittany Huser’s Summer Term scholarship will help her graduate on schedule in spring 2017. She is pursuing a degree in management and human resources from UW-Madison’s School of Business, and she dreams of leading a diversity program in a corporate setting.

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Summer Term offers accelerated three-to-eight-week courses, many of which prepare students for future careers.

“To accommodate my human resources internship at Alliant Energy, which is how I finance a large portion of my college expenses, I must work 20 hours a week during the school year,” Huser says. “This limits the scheduling options for my fall and spring semesters and means I must take extra classes during Summer Term to graduate on time and get into the labor market faster.”

Jefferson Chan has been admitted to UW-Madison’s Department of Chemical Engineering, and he hopes to make a global impact in consumer goods manufacturing or oil production. His Summer Term scholarship will allow him to complete the last of his general classes so he can focus on core department classes in fall and spring semesters.

Online courses now play a bigger role in Summer Term, appealing to those who can’t fit a face-to-face class into their summer plans.

Online courses now play a bigger role in Summer Term, appealing to those who can’t fit a face-to-face class into their summer plans.

“It creates flexibility by helping me take time-consuming classes like Organic Chemistry Lab, which will be difficult to fit into my schedule,” Chan says. “Summer Term will have a significant effect on my degree progression and also provide stress relief in an intensive major.”

Accelerated courses

Summer Term offers accelerated three-to-eight-week courses, many of which prepare students for future careers. They include summer internships, field courses, and other unique learning experiences that provide real-world training.

Online courses now play a bigger role in Summer Term, appealing to those who can’t fit a face-to-face class into their summer plans. This year, students can take more than a hundred online courses from anywhere in the world.

Summer Term runs May 23-August 7, and students can enroll in most courses up to the last minute. Check here to learn more about courses, programs, tuition, fees, and housing options.