May 11, 2017

 

The Largest Scholarship in State History

Earlier this week, State Senator Steve Nass (R-Whitewater), State Treasurer Matt Adamczyk, UW System President Ray Cross, and I announced our proposal to create the Wisconsin Merit Scholarship. The scholarships, set at $5,000, will be available based solely on merit to Wisconsin residents to attend UW System schools.

Our legislation will create the largest scholarship in state history valued at $5 million when fully implemented. The scholarship will be significant, at $5,000 per student using no newly allocated tax dollars. I am happy to report that the plan has the full support of UW System President Ray Cross.

The scholarship will be determined by the UW Board of Regents based on university admission test scores (i.e. ACT, SAT) and high school GPA. It is important to point out that college students already have access to billions in need-based aid. The only other state-funded merit based program is the Wisconsin Excellence Scholarship, set at $2170 and is only available to the top graduate in each high school.

The funding for the program comes from the sale of state lands held by the Board of Commission of Public Lands (BCPL). In fact, the state’s constitution instructs the BCPL to sell all lands that were given to it by the federal government when the state was founded. These lands will now be protected in the Stewardship Program where they will be open to all Wisconsin residents for fishing, hunting, hiking and other conservation activities.

If you'd like more information, you can read the full press release at this link.

 

Wisconsin Makes the Top Ten 

Chief Executive Magazine has ranked Wisconsin one of the top ten states for business for the first time ever. In 2010, just before I was elected, Wisconsin ranked 41st in the nation. Working with Governor Walker, we've been able to cut taxes, reduce the size of government, and enact common sense conservative reforms. This ranking is the latest proof that what we are doing is working. I am proud of what we've accomplished, and I'm looking forward to continuing to move Wisconsin forward.


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