Scholars of Promise

The Madison College Scholars of Promise program helps income-eligible recent high school graduates realize their dream of attending college by removing financial barriers. We can help you pay your college tuition!


Madison College Scholars of Promise program will:

  • Pay the difference between your tuition costs and any federal and state grants you receive, for up to six consecutive semesters, summer excluded. (Textbooks are not covered by Scholars of Promise.)
  • Provide a mentor to guide you through the admissions, financial aid and class enrollment processes.
  • Provide advising support throughout your Madison College career.
  • Offer opportunities for career guidance and readiness, financial literacy, academic tutoring and workshops, transfer information and more.

To be verified/completed by April 1:

  • Verify spring high school graduation
  • Complete online interest form
  • Apply to a Madison College financial aid eligible program
  • Complete the FAFSA 
  • Have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $5,486 or less on the FAFSA. (Your EFC is an index number that helps determine how much financial aid you may receive. It is not the amount you will have to pay for college, nor is it the amount of federal student aid you will receive).

To be verified/completed by May 30:

  • Submit ACT or Accuplacer test results
  • Complete senior year with GPA of 2.25 or higher*
  • Submit a high school transcript
  • Submit a one - two-page essay (see Essay tab for details)

To be verified/completed by June 30:

  • Enroll in 12 credits or more in the fall term following high school graduation
  • Enroll in the Madison College Learning to Learn Camp

*You may submit an appeal if your GPA was lower than 2.25. 


You must do the following to maintain your status as a Scholars of Promise Scholar:

  • Begin classes within nine months of high school graduation/completion.
  • Maintain full-time enrollment status (12 credits or more) each semester.
  • Achieve a 2.0 (or higher) semester GPA each term.
  • Meet financial aid satisfactory academic progress standards.
  • Maintain continuous enrollment, not including summers.
  • Meet with your mentor twice each semester.
  • Participate in 8 hours per semester of service learning projects.
  • Attend one workshop per semester; topics include financial literacy, career services, academic support and more.
  • In your second year, agree to mentor an incoming Scholars of Promise student, meeting with them monthly to support and encourage their progress.

When are students notified of their scholarship status?

Once all criteria has been reviewed, students will receive a hard-copy letter via U.S. mail as well as an email notification. Those letters will be mailed in early June.

What does 9 months to enroll mean?

If you have met all program criteria and have been accepted into the program by the first week of July, you may start classes either that fall or the following spring semester. Notify Scholars of Promise staff if you wish to start in the spring

what If I have financial aid award questions?

You can contact the Financial Aid office at (608) 246-6210 or you can visit the financial aid office at any Madison College campus.

what if I am not eligible for grant funds or Scholars of Promise funds?

Madison College offers scholarships and additional support services programs that can assist in funding. Federal student loans are also available to those who qualify. 

Is there a parent organization for Scholars of Promise students?

There is not a parent organization for Promise.

who do I contact if I have additional questions?

You can contact the Madison College Scholars of Promise office at (608) 246-6036 or email us at 


Please submit a narrative essay addressing all points below. The essay should be typed, double-spaced and a minimum of one page and no more than two pages in length.

  • Describe your personal and educational background. How has it shaped who you are?
  • What are your favorite subjects in school?  What do you enjoy about them?
  • What are your academic and career goals? Describe how you plan to achieve them. 
  • Why are you interested in the Scholars of Promise Program? How do you feel the program’s services will assist you in your educational goals? 

Instructions to submit your essay:

  • Submit your essay electronically by sending an e-mail to
  • Attach your essay as a Word document (.doc) or PDF (.pdf) file
  • If you do not have access to Microsoft Word, you can write the essay in the body of the email.
  • Inside the subject line write: Scholars Essay
  • At the top of the essay type the following information:
    • First Name and Last Name
    • Madison College Student ID
    • Date of Birth
    • Current High School
  • Submission deadline is May 30

HOW TO begin

To indicate your interest in this program, please click the button below and follow the instructions. Contact the Scholars of Promise Program if you have questions. 

Get started

You can also view a step by step guide of this process. 

CLASS OF 2019 notes

In addition to creating your Madison College student account, you must complete and submit the following by April 1, 2019:

  1. Madison College Admissions application.
  2. Financial Aid Application (FAFSA).
  3. Written Essay which is to be submitted to the Scholars of Promise office.

ACT or Accuplacer test scores must be received by April 1, 2019.

CLASS OF 2020 Notes

If you are not yet a senior, you can indicate your interest in the Scholars of Promise program. This will allow us to work together on your transition from high school to Madison College through:

  • How-to-Apply sessions held at your high school.
  • Promise orientations held at your high school.
  • Family orientations hosted at Madison College.

It will also help to take the ACT as a junior. We will be in touch with you as you enter and move through your senior year.

If you have any question, please contact the Scholars of Promise office.