The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Capstan Scholarship presents an extraordinary opportunity for students. As a comprehensive scholarship, including tuition, room and board, the Capstan Scholarship affords students the honor to graduate debt free from UW-Platteville. Recipients of the Capstan Scholarship will be set on a different trajectory – one with great reward and awesome responsibility.

If you are determined to achieve your goals and intend to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), Accounting, or Finance, please submit the General Scholarship Application by April 1 for consideration for the Capstan Scholarship and other scholarship opportunities.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Preference will be given to applicants who are incoming new freshman within the middle third of their high school class with a cumulative GPA of 2.0-3.25
  2. Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen
  3. Applicant’s hometown must be in the heart of the Midwestern United States, this includes the following states: Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, or Michigan
  4. Applicant must show need based on the FAFSA
  5. Applicant must be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field, Accounting, or Finance

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be required to submit an essay demonstrating the following attributes:

  • Willingness to work hard and make sacrifices
  • Determination to achieve goals
  • Courage to overcome obstacles
  • Commitment to values that define success 
  • Good moral character

Renewal Criteria

  • Maintain a C+ average or better (equivalent 2.3 grade point average)
  • Remain committed to the pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field or degree choice that provides great possibility for employment and career potential, such as Accounting, Finance, etc.
  • Remain a full-time student; enrolled in 12 credit hours or more per semester, for eight consecutive semesters
  • Reside in on-campus university housing
  • Honor the code of conduct, rules and expectations set forth by the university for its student body

About Todd and Susan Johnson

Todd and Susan Johnson

With gratitude and humility, Todd and Susan Johnson wish to share their resources with the people and places rooted in their success. The purpose of the Capstan Scholarship is to invest in young men and women who share Todd and Susan’s strong midwestern values with a relentless desire to succeed in college and in life.

Todd’s connection to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville began in 1976 as a freshman. He attended the university from 1976–1981. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering and management. Todd and Susan are strong advocates for the university as generous donors to the Foundation and members of the 1866 Cornerstone Society.

“Just as I was surrounded by people that helped me succeed, the Capstan Scholarship was created for just that purpose – to remove obstacles, lift financial burden, and provide a support system of other Capstan Scholars throughout their college career. Every Capstan Scholar should know that they have a team around them that wants nothing more than to champion them towards success. A greater outcome can be achieved when people work together in support of one another. Just as the capstan provides a mechanism to achieve greater results than a single individual, so does the Capstan Scholarship.” Todd Johnson, February 2022