Support Undergraduates

Undergraduate Program Fund

Gifts to this fund may be used provide general program support, student scholarships, career exploration experiences, or to enhance or expand the Program’s teaching, research, and public service roles, including pursuing new opportunities and addressing strategic priorities. Gifts may also be used for faculty, staff, and student recruitment, retention, and morale.

Aldo Leopold Great People in Environmental Studies Scholarship Fund

The Aldo Leopold Great People in Environmental Studies Scholarship Fund provides need-based scholarship support to undergraduates in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.

The Nelson Institute's Undergraduate Program is robust and serves nearly 800 students across campus each year. Students benefit from high-touch academic advising, service-learning capstone courses, fun community-building events, and volunteer leadership opportunities.

Not only do we offer the Certificate in Environmental Studies, which has been awarded to over 2,000 students since its inception in 1979, but we also offer the Major in Environmental Studies, which is unique to the University of Wisconsin-Madison in that it is the only undergraduate major on campus that MUST be taken as a second major to ensure a fully-interdisciplinary experience.

Environmental Studies students learn how to link environmental science, policy, literature, art, and philosophy with their primary field of study and go on to careers as environmental planners, analysts and scientists for government agencies; environmental consultants; environmental attorneys; researchers, writers, and activists for private environmental organizations; teachers; outreach specialists; and more.

Gifts in any amount are needed and appreciated!

Giving by Check

Checks should be made payable to UW Foundation – Nelson Institute and mailed to:

Gift Processing – Undergraduate Program
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Room 122 Science Hall
550 North Park Street
Madison, WI 53706

Many employers match personal donations with an equal or greater contribution. In some cases, companies will match the gifts of retired employees. Please consider checking with your human resources department to find out if your company offers a matching gift program.

Inquiries related to estate gifts and/or gifts of stock & securities should be directed to or (608) 262-9864.

Questions about supporting the Undergrad Program?

Anna Gade, Undergraduate Program Chair email »