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Scholarship Programs

We understand the cost of apartment living, which is why we offer rent scholarships for residents who participate in programs that embody our mission and values. This year we are giving away more than $80,000 in scholarships and program funds to over 80 residents.

Our scholarship programs are a win-win: they also give residents unparalleled ways to connect with peers and discover new, meaningful experiences. 94% of 2018-19 scholarship participants report a positive experience, and frequently cite these programs as a highlight of Pres House Apartments.

Click the icons below to learn how each unique program serves residents’ differing interests, experiences, and needs. For more info, email the coordinators: or, or fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page.

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“[Pres House] is different from other apartments in that it strives to bring people together to make meaningful connections, promote self-growth and reflection, and encourage its residents to try or learn something new.”

-Former Resident

Community Engagement Opportunities

Do you value helping others and enjoy time spent with service-minded people? Are you passionate about learning new things and exploring your values? Are you looking to build connections with fellow residents at events like Ice Cream Socials and Community Dinners? Our CEO (Community Engagement Opportunities) Program includes a $75/month scholarship for participation in activities of your choice in each of four focus areas: community, service, learning, and wellness.

Each activity earns points depending on time and investment. Between the start of the leasing year and May 15, participants are asked to accumulate 500 points (~20 hours). Some additional examples of program activities include:

  • Meeting fellow residents over beverages and snacks at Afternoon Tea (25 pts)
  • Volunteering at a local food pantry or soup kitchen (25-100 pts)
  • Attending a lecture, performance or presentation not required by a class (25-50 pts)
  • Taking up a new wellness or spiritual practice such as a yoga class, meditation, prayer, or a martial art (25-100 pts)

The more detailed Program Participation Guide can be found here, including additional activity examples and guidelines.

How Can I Apply?
CEO fills on a first come first served basis; there is no written application.  Fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page to get in touch regarding this program.  CEO enrollment is now OPEN for the 2021-22 leasing year!

Managed by Coordinator of Residential Programs.

Scholars Program

If you’re new on campus, or just looking to develop close connections with your Pres House neighbors, check out our Scholars Program. This program, geared toward residents on individual leases, includes a $75/month scholarship, and asks that participants attend once-a-month educational, service or social activities as a group. Examples of past activities include:

  • Attending a start-of-school dinner to meet fellow program participants
  • Participating in a service project in Madison
  • Visiting a corn maze in the fall
  • Learning mindfulness and meditation practices

How Can I Apply?
This program fills quickly! We grant only 12-14 Scholars Program scholarships per year.  Scholars sign up on a first come first served basis; there is no written application. Scholars enrollment is now OPEN for the 2021-22 leasing year!

Fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page to get in touch regarding this program.

Managed by Coordinator of Residential Programs.

Micro-Community Program

You’ve always been a passionate learner. Your interests run wide and deep. You relish diving into subjects such as the intersection of religion and politics, the cultures of Asian dance, climate change, the origins of rituals and myths… YOU, my friend, are a perfect candidate for our Micro-Community Program.

This program, which includes a $50-75/month scholarship, gives residents sharing an apartment the opportunity to explore a specific theme or topic of their choosing throughout the year. Group members are expected to meet at least once a month to engage with their topic, and to organize a building-wide event or initiative 1-2 times during the year. In addition to their individual scholarships, Micro-Community participants receive a modest stipend to support activities related to their topic.  Further program guidelines can be found here.

Starting in 2020-21, specific funds are set aside for a Micro-Community that wants to engage in a Wellness-related topic and support program staff in broader building-wide wellness initiatives!

Below are examples of past micro-community topics or themes:

  • Promoting global citizenship through cross-cultural communication
  • Considering controversial social topics in light of ethical, cultural or religious values
  • Evaluating the issues of poverty and homelessness in downtown Madison

How Can I Apply?
Additional information and application form here: Micro-Community Program Application.  Fill out the application with your group and submit it to the Coordinator of Residential Programs.   Micro-Community applications are now OPEN for the 2021-22 leasing year!

Managed by Coordinator of Residential Programs.


What backgrounds and identities make you you? How do gender and sexuality factor into lived experience? How do we learn from our similarities and celebrate our differences?

FACETS is an inclusive, affirming scholarship group focused on understanding and respecting the diversity of human gender and sexual orientation, and how these intersect with factors such as race, culture, spirituality and more. Members earn a $75/month rent scholarship to participate in various conversations and events around this theme, approximately monthly, jointly facilitated by program staff Ginger and Becca.

FACETS is geared towards residents in the LGBTQ+ community, as well as interested allies, and is open to residents of any and every identity, any national, cultural or racial heritage, any beliefs and backgrounds.

How Can I Apply?
Individuals who are interested in applying to the FACETS program can contact Becca Bedell (she/her/hers), Coordinator of Residential Programs (, or fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page.  FACETS applications are now OPEN for the 2021-22 leasing year!

Co-managed by Director of Community Initiatives and Coordinator of Residential Programs.

Future Focus

“So, what are your plans after college?” asks your well-meaning great aunt (or sister or parent or next door neighbor…). Participating in the Future Focus program will help you explore your answer.

Residents in Future Focus meet throughout the year (10-12 times in total) to discuss their interests, talents and strengths, and to decide how these will serve them after college. Participants will share how their personal values or faith informs and guides their aspirations and plans for the future.

This program, which is open to any resident and includes a $75/month scholarship, challenges participants to consider the value of paid work compared to the value of work “donated” for the betterment of society (volunteer work). Future Focus participants are also encouraged to discuss personal finances and the relationship between money and values.

In some years, Pres House Apartments has helped place residents in year-long, part-time internships with local faith-based service organizations around Madison, through an initiative called Badger Faith and Service Corps, under the Future Focus umbrella.  If you are interested in exploring this type of internship as part of your Future Focus journey, contact

How Can I Apply?
Fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page to get in touch regarding this program.   Future Focus applications are now OPEN for the 2021-22 leasing year!

Managed by Director of Community Initiatives.

Next Step Sober Living

What is a sober living community?

A sober living community at Pres House Apartments is made up of individuals who:

  • Actively commit to their own recovery from substance use disorder/substance addiction
  • Maintain their own recovery program (eg: attend a 12-step group, counseling, or other recovery activities)
  • Agree to maintain an alcohol and drug-free environment* in the apartment
  • Are willing to offer support to others on the same path
  • Sign an individual lease with Pres House Apartments and sign the Next Step Program Agreement
  • Participate in Pres House Apartment community activities (both Next Step-specific activities and building-wide events)
  • Remain in good academic standing, gainfully employed, or involved in community or volunteer service
    (*Prescription medications are allowed with proper documentation and when taken as prescribed.)

Participants in Next Step are eligible to receive a rent scholarship that reduces rent by 20% per month. Next Step program  also organizes activities that support the program values; examples include personal skill building, organizing recreational outings, or participating in community service opportunities.

 Take the Next Step:

  • Fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page to get in touch regarding this program
  • Meet with the Director of Community Initiatives, to discuss program requirements
  • Set up a tour of Pres House Apartments with the Leasing Manager (mention your interest in Next Step)
  • Fill out the Next Step application; interview with program participants; sign the Next Step Agreement
  • Sign an individual lease within 14 days of being accepted into the program (you will share a 4 bedroom apartment with  other Next Step residents)

*Please note that Pres House Apartments is not a substance-free facility. Those new to recovery should consider a transitional living program or IOP prior to applying to Next Step at Pres House Apartments.

Managed by Director of Community Initiatives.

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