University of Wisconsin–Madison

Volunteer to host a King-Morgridge Scholar

The King-Morgridge Scholars Program, administered by the International Division, will welcome its second cohort of students to campus this August. As part of their introduction to the Madison community and to the university, the program is looking for volunteer hosts to participate in a temporary home stay program for these students.

  • Six candidates have confirmed acceptance of their scholarship and are in the process of applying for their student visas. UW-Madison will be welcoming three female and three male students; the students are 18 to 19 years old and will enter the university as new freshmen.
  • The students are coming from the Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya (two), Rwanda, and a Tibetan via India.
  • Arrival in Madison is expected to be Saturday, August 11, 2018. Students will be able to move into their UW Residence Hall on Sunday, August 26.Therefore, the length of the home stay will be approximately two weeks.
  • Host families need to be able to provide the student his/her own room and most meals. (Generally, breakfast and dinner on weekdays, and weekend meals.)
  • Unless within close walking distance, host families need to be located on/near a bus line or be able to provide daily transport to/from campus.
    • Students will need to be on-campus each weekday for orientation activities organized by the International Division. Activities will generally run from 9am to 4pm. Students can arrive earlier, especially if coming in with an UW employee.
    • Weekend activities for students may also occur, but weekends would more likely be time with the hosts.

Last year’s cohort reported that home stay was an aspect of the program they really enjoyed and that they felt it helped with the transition to Madison and campus life. If interested in volunteering to host or to request additional information, please contact Jason Jonely, King-Morgridge Scholars Program Coordinator at jason.jonely@wisc.edu.