FFWS Events

The FFWS Peer Mentoring Program hosts events throughout the academic year.

Please check your email, our Instagram, and below for this year’s events.

Amanda and Jose show off stress-relieving glitter jars they made at a FFWS event.
Peer mentor Amanda takes a break from studying for finals to do some coloring.
Two FFWS students connect while enjoying Qdoba.

Future Events

Spring Send-Off Picnic

When: Friday, April 19 from 3 – 4:30 pm (drop-in whenever you’re available)

Where: Grassy area behind Middleton building, in front of social work building (Google maps location)

We will have outdoor games, color by number pages, sandwiches, beverages, and a space to socialize/study!

Past Events

FFWS Craft and Study Night

When: Monday, December 4; Drop-in anytime between 5 – 7 pm

Where: Middleton Building Room 120

RSVP Here!

We’ll have hot chocolate, tea, crafts (friendship bracelets, coloring, crochet), and space to study. This is also a great time to check in with your peer mentors about any questions you have related to the grant, getting adjusted to campus, finals, winter break, or anything else.

Questions? Email ffws@advising.wisc.edu

FFWS Fall ’23 Kickoff

When: Thursday, October 26; 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Where: Pyle Center – WI Idea Lounge

We’ll have food, games, and an opportunity to learn about the grant and meet the FFWS team at Madison.

FFWS Spring Send Off


When: Tuesday, May 2; 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Where: Education Building Room 151

RSVP Here!

You are invited to the FFWS Spring 2023 Send Off! We have had such an exciting year interacting with you all and we want to party it up one last time!!🎉☀️ So, come join other FFWS scholars and your peer mentors for the SWEETEST event of the year!

This end of the year bash will include awesome outdoor activities to celebrate the end of the school year, free Panera, as well as University Book Store gift cards and FFWS merch giveaways!! 

Questions? Email ffws@advising.wisc.edu

FFWS Spring Send Off Flyer
Image shows Library Mall which is located between the Wisconsin Historical Society and Memorial Library, just south of Memorial Union

Slow Food Family Dinner

When: Monday, March 6 at 6:30 pm

Where: The Crossing, 1127 University Ave

Cost: $0 (Tell the cashier that you’re with FFWS, record your name on our attendance sheet, and FFWS will pay Slow Food based on the number of mentees that attend. Come and get some free food!)

Menu: Mediterranean Quinoa Bowl with Falafel, Hummus, & Tzatziki Sauce; Naan; and Baklava (gluten free and vegan options are available)

Please join us at an FFWS table for some community building and fun. If you indicated on your RSVP that you would like to bring a friend, please bring them along and have them sign in!

Trivia Night at The Sett in Union South

February 20 at 7pm! 

We would love for you to join our FFWS team in a game of trivia, and feel free to bring a friend along too! The winning teams receive Wisconsin Union gift cards! See the attached flyer for details.

We hope to see you there!

FFWS Lake Hike

Thursday, February 9; 5 – 7 pm

Meet by Peet’s Coffee in Memorial Union at 5 pm

Join your Fund for Wisconsin Scholars peers for a candlelight walk across Lake Mendota organized by Hoofer Outing Club. We’ll meet by Peet’s Coffee in Memorial Union at 5 pm on Thursday, Feb 9. Enjoy a free drink from Peet’s on us before heading out to enjoy the view of the city and the stars from beautiful Lake Mendota! Registration isn’t required.

FFWS Study and Self-Care Night

Thursday, December 8th; 5:30pm – 7pm

Career Exploration Center in Ingraham Hall (1155 Observatory Dr, Madison, WI 53706)

  • We will be making DIY Glitter Jars for you to keep and use to help calm your nerves for and during finals.
  • Free food! (Qdoba)
  • Learn about campus study resources such as GUTS
  • Study with and get to know other FFWS grant recipients and your peer mentors!

FFWS Fall Kickoff

Thursday, November 3; 5 – 7 pm

Union South (Northwoods Room)

Come and learn all about the FFWS grant!

  • Free dinner
  • Fun icebreakers
  • Meet the FFWS team and other grant recipients
  • Learn about the peer mentor program

Returning Student Welcome Back

Thursday, Sept 15; 5-7pm
Outside Gordon Dining and Event Center (by Flamingo Run)
RSVP by Sept 8 at noon 

Free food, trivia, outdoor activities, meet other FFWS grant recipients, catch up with peer mentors, and stop by the Public Service Fair in Gordon (3-6 pm)