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At the Morgridge Center, we not only bridge the campus and the community, but we help students bridge from their life as students to their lives as local-to-global citizens. We aim to foster lifelong civic engagement in our students by offering diverse opportunities through the pathways of public service. We believe everyone has a passion for something. We’re here to help you take action.

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Wisconsin Idea Fellowship

Since 1999, over 300 UW–Madison students have been named Wisconsin Idea Fellows. The Wisconsin Idea Fellowships support innovative projects designed collaboratively by UW–Madison undergraduate students, community partners (ie: nonprofits, municipalities, NGOs), and faculty to help address a community-identified need, locally or globally. Students are eligible to receive up to $7,000 for group projects and up to $5,000 for individual projects.

Applications open late fall and are due early spring. The application includes a project proposal, abstract, budget, and letters of support from a faculty mentor and community partner. Decisions are usually announced in late spring and awarded projects may begin as early as June.

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Wisconsin Idea Fellows

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Community-Based Learning Courses

Earn academic credit while serving your community. This might look like volunteering, working on a project with a community partner, or both. This is a great way to incorporate giving back to the community into your daily class schedule.

Achievement Connections

Be a math tutor with Achievement Connections and tutor in our local high schools, engaging with the youth while they continue to develop productive study skills. Free Transportation provided for select sites.

Community Engagement Preparation

At the Morgridge Center, we understand the power of community engagement as a tool for learning and relationship building. Check out some of the resources that you can utilize to strengthen your understanding of community engagement.

Student Organization Partnership Program (SOPP) >

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We’re located on the first floor of the Red Gym, to your right as you enter the building. You can visit our front desk with any questions you have, contact our staff with any questions, or even subscribe to our weekly newsletter, Morgridge Mail to receive volunteer and internship opportunities and events.

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