Program Update:

The Community Scholars Program Application is now closed. Applicant interviews will be scheduled from 5/31-6/11. Students will be notified if selected to join the Community Scholars Program on Monday, 6/14.

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 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
  • Supportive Cohort of Peers
  • Leadership Certificate (At Time of Graduation)

Program Eligibility:

  • Be admitted to Edgewood College
  • From a historically underrepresented BIPOC group or 1st generation college student
  • Graduating Senior from a Dane County High School
  • Demonstrate leadership growth and interest
Stephanie Munoz

Stephanie Munoz