Blackhawk Scholars

Become a Blackhawk Scholar

The Blackhawk Scholars program allows you to continue your education at Blackhawk Technical College while gaining valuable work experience with local employers. Blackhawk Scholars can work full- or part-time in a position related to their field of study. They will receive a minimum wage of $12 per hour and may be eligible for tuition reimbursement or stipend at the employer’s discretion.

There are several benefits to becoming a Blackhawk Scholar.

The Blackhawk Scholars program is a concentrated effort, in partnership with business and industry, to recruit, educate, and graduate students in fields where workforce shortages exist. This program particularly focuses on high school graduates interested in pursuing manufacturing careers.
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Through this program, students can expect to: 
  • gain skills necessary to excel in today's business world, including communication, analytical, critical-thinking, and people skills
  • receive valuable, on-the-job work experience 
  • advance their education within their chosen field (attending full- or part-time) and earn their degree
  • attend classes through a variety of flexible delivery options
  • potentially secure a rewarding, well-paying career with an area employer after graduation 

Interested? Review the program requirements.

In order to enter the Blackhawk Scholars program, you must:

In addition, Blackhawk Scholars must remain in good standing as an employee of the sponsoring employer. Blackhawk Scholars must also permit BTC to release academic progress reports and semester grade reports to the sponsoring employer. 

Application Procedure


Submit Application Materials

  • Obtain a copy of your unofficial transcripts
  • Complete the Blackhawk Scholars Application
  • Submit your application along with your résumé and unofficial transcripts to Career Services

 Blackhawk Scholars Application


Meet with Career Services

  • Review your résumé
  • Complete a mock interview

Become a Blackhawk Scholar

  • Attend interviews with prospective employers
  • Upon acceptance of a job offer, notify Career Services, and complete the Blackhawk Scholars Program Agreement provided by Career Services

Frequently Asked Questions

View additional details about the program:

  • Baker Manufacturing
  • City of Janesville Police Department
  • CPT
  • Hormel
  • Royle Printing (Sun Prairie, Wisconsin)
  • Scot Forge
  • Tigre-USA

Each semester, the sponsoring employer and Blackhawk Technical College will evaluate student work and academic performance. Students are responsible for reporting their grades and other college information to Career Services AND the sponsoring employer, in a timely manner, each semester.

Sponsoring employers may expect Blackhawk Scholars to take additional courses and/or to meet other academic or work standards as a part of their sponsorship requirements.

Blackhawk Scholars are subject to losing their sponsorship for not complying with College/academic program policies, procedures, and requirements and/or for not complying with the sponsoring employer’s policies, procedures, and requirements. Blackhawk Scholars in violation of College policies and procedures may be subject to the consequences associated with that specific policy or procedure.

If your GPA falls below 2.5, you will lose your Blackhawk Scholars sponsorship. 

Exceptions to this will be dealt with on an individual basis with agreement from the sponsoring employer, Blackhawk Technical College and the student. Should a Blackhawk Scholar lose their sponsorship, the student may continue at the College, if the student is not subject to the College’s established academic suspension policy


Contact Information

Career Services

Central Campus, Room 2225
(608) 757-7603
WI Relay: 711

Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Extended hours are available by appointment.

Sponsor a Scholar

Interested in becoming a Blackhawk Scholar sponsoring employer?

 Sponsor Information

Blackhawk Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, disability, or age in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to manage inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Title IX Coordinator/Equal Opportunity Officer, 6004 S. County Road G, P.O. Box 5009, Janesville, WI 53547-5009, (608) 757-7796 or (608) 757-7773, WI Relay: 711

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