Lawton Grant

The Lawton Undergraduate Minority Retention Grant program was established back in 1986 to provide financial assistance to statutorily designated minority Wisconsin undergraduate students (African-American, Latino, Native American (American Indian/Eskimo) and Southeast Asians of Vietnamese, Cambodian, Laotian, or Hmong descent who entered the United States after December 31, 1975) to improve their opportunities for retention and graduation and lessen the burden of student debt.

Students interested in receiving the Lawton Grant must reach out to their School/College’s Coordinator for nomination – a listing of Lawton Grant Coordinators and their contact information is below.


Students must:

  • be a Wisconsin resident.
  • identify as African-American, Latino, Native American (American Indian/Eskimo), Southeast Asian of Vietnamese, Cambodian, Laotian, or Hmong decent.
  • have reached sophomore standing or higher, but not yet received their first bachelor’s degree.
  • submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year and it must show a Student Aid Index (SAI) below 10,000 as well as financial need
  • maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.
  • maintain full-time enrollment and complete at least 24 credits in the preceding academic year.
  • meet any other criteria as established by your school or college.

Academic Year Award – minimum $1,000, maximum $3,300.

Students can receive the Lawton Grant for a maximum of 8 semesters or up to $16,000, whichever happens first.

Lawton Coordinators

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College of Agricultural & Life Sciences

Tom Browne
Phone:  608.262.3288

College of Engineering

Kelly Meier
Phone:  608.264.0392

College of Letters & Science

Jose J. Madera
Phone:  608.263.5068

School of Education

Jerry Jordan
Phone:  608.890.3403

School of Human Ecology

Alex Sowieja
Phone:  608.890.4791

School of Nursing

Katie Bleier
Phone:  608.263.5172

School of Pharmacy

Kendra Gurnee
Phone:  608.262.4487

Student Financial Aid

Clyde Gaines
Phone:  608.262.3060

Wisconsin School of Business

Megan Olson
Phone: 608.263.1702