WHY WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT
The First Wave Hip Hop and Urban Arts Scholarship Program is a cutting-edge multicultural artistic program for incoming students that offers a four-year full tuition scholarship to the University of Wisconsin–Madison. First Wave brings together young artists and leaders from across the United States and beyond and offers students the opportunity to live, study, and create together in a close-knit, dynamic campus community. First Wave is the first and only university program in the world that provides full-tuition scholarships for hip-hop and urban arts.
First Wave is a part of the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI) within the Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement. OMAI provides culturally relevant and transformative arts programming to promote positive social dialogue and to give cultural art forms a legitimate academic forum. OMAI’s events and programming create learning environments that directly affect UW–Madison’s campus climate, improve retention and graduation success, and prepare future leaders to reinvest in their communities.
Thank you for your support of these groundbreaking scholars and their work!