Lawton and AOP Grants

​Undergraduate Student Funding Opportunities:

Lawton Grant          

The Lawton Undergraduate Minority Retention Grant is funded by the State of Wisconsin and provides financial assistance to designated under-represented minority undergraduate students to improve opportunity for retention and graduation and to reduce the reliance on student loans.

To be eligible you must be:

  1. A resident of the state of Wisconsin;

  2. A member of one of the following minority groups who are underrepresented in higher education: African-American, Latino/a, Native American Indian or from a designated Southeast Asian minority group (Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian or Vietnamese) and who entered the United States after 1975;

  3. Not have received your first bachelor’s degree;

  4. Will be at sophomore, junior or senior standing by the beginning of next Fall Semester;

  5. Have establish and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better;

  6. Not be on academic or financial aid warning, probation or suspension status;

  7. And enroll for a full-time academic credit load (12 or more credit hours) each semester in which you receive the grant
    *This enrollment requirement has been waived for the 2020-2021 Academic Year, you do not need to be full time.

  8. Demonstrate financial need as evidenced by the results of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the upcoming academic year by May 1.

To Apply:
  1. Click HERE to complete the online form; or
  2. Click HERE to download a PDF form

For questions, please contact Sarah Johannes, DCA Retention Specialist at (715)346-4164 or email: sjohanne@uwsp.edu

​Graduate Student Funding Opportunities:

Advanced Opportunity Program Fellowship (AOP)

The AOP Fellowship is a University of Wisconsin program designed to increase the number of minority/disadvantaged (M/D) students entering and completing graduate programs on a full or part-time basis, thereby increasing M/D representation in UW graduate education and subsequently in professional and academic careers in Wisconsin.  Both Wisconsin residents and non-resident students are eligible, although preference is given to Wisconsin residents.  Full-time and part-time graduates are eligible.

AOP Applicants must be: 

  1. Citizens or permanent residents at the time of the application

  2. Members of traditionally under-represented minority groups (African-American, Hispanic, American Indian, Alaskan Native, or statutorily designated Southeast Asian) or a non-minority/disadvantaged student. *

  3. Admitted to a graduate degree program at UW-Stevens Point

*Please note that students are considered disadvantaged if they meet any of the criteria including, but not limited to one or more of the following:

  1. Have a financial need;

  2. Come from a family that received any type of assistance, including eligibility for school lunch program;

  3. Are first generation college students

  4. Have participated in special services for disadvantaged students including TRIO programs such as Upward Bound, McNair, Talent Search, etc.; and /or have not had the expectation and encouragement to pursue post graduate education as a viable option.

  5. Other extenuating circumstances such as a disability which affects academic functioning.

Application Deadline:

Applicants are expected to submit a new application each academic year.  Funding is based on the cohort applicant pool for each academic year.  Decisions towards summer funding will begin as completed applications are received. 

Award Period                     Deadline

Summer 2020:                     June 18, 2021

Fall 2020:                             August 31, 2021

Spring 2021:                        November 30, 2021

Download Application Here: AOP Application 21-22.pdf