Community Scholars Program Application

Application for 2022-2023 Community Scholars Program is now open! Apply to Edgewood College today!

Once admitted, look for the "next steps" email and indicate interest in the Community Scholars Award

Welcoming the 2021-2022 Community Scholars Freshmen Cohort

Brad Diaz

Future Art Educator

Brad Diaz

“I’ve always had a love for art, and now with my love for teaching, it’s the perfect combination for me. I’m excited to use this opportunity to grow as an artist and as an educator.”

Chasity Collins

Future Nurse

Chasity Collins

“I am eager to join the Edgewood community and participate in the various engagements. I will be pursuing my nursing degree onside of being involved in the community and school.”

Salah Oudades

Future Dentist

Salah Oudades

“I came from Morocco at the age of 4 and have lived in Madison since then. As for the future, I plan on becoming a dentist.”
Vivi Velasquez
Graduating Senior: Vivi Velasquez
Criminal Justice w/Human Services Concentration
"The impact that Community Scholars has had on me is that I am able to continue my dreams of attending higher education, paving the way for my siblings and community. It has also been a way for me to learn more about myself, the world around me, and how I could make an impact. I've been incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by folks whose aspirations and mission is to change the world, and inspire me to do the same with their support and knowledge."

Community Scholars Program History

The Community Scholars Program welcomed the first cohort of students to the program in 2007. The program was created to serve students of color from Dane County and provide tuition assistance and additional tools for academic success. Since its inception, the program has grown to serve 13 BIPOC students per academic year. 

Today, program participants benefit from four-consecutive years of tuition, room & board for their first and second year, individualized support, and are immersed in a leadership development curriculum.


Our mission is to prepare a community of leaders from Dane County compelled to promote the common good and advocate for justice.



Our vision is to build an expansive network of leaders who address economic, political and social issues that affect our lives and society.



Our purpose is to provide individualized support, scholarship access, and leadership development opportunities to historically underrepresented BIPOC or 1st Generation students.

Building a New Generation of Leaders

We have partnered with leading scholars and consultants to develop a 4-year culturally responsible leadership curriculum that will aid the growth of program participants. Over the course of a student’s Edgewood College journey, they will spend time on eight different leadership modules. Every semester, we introduce a new leadership framework to ensure when students graduate, they are ready to influence and change society. Upon graduation, program participants receive a leadership certificate.


97% 1st Year Retention Rate

Average GPA Upon Graduation: 3.3

Average Credit Hour Completed: 134

91% Students of Color

Program Benefits:

  • 4 Consecutive Years of Tuition Assistance
  • 1st and 2nd year of Room and Board (On-Campus Housing & Meal Plan)
  • E-Device (Laptop or Tablet)
  • Course Textbook Waivers
  • Individualized Support from Program Leadership
  • Immersive Leadership Development
  • Supportive Cohort of Peers

Program Eligibility:

  • Be admitted to Edgewood College
  • Be a 1st generation college student, from a historically underrepresented group, or identify as BIPOC
  • Graduating Senior from a Dane County High School
  • Demonstrate leadership growth and interest
Richard Sims

Richard Sims