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Impact Stories2020-09-17T12:49:51-06:00

Fall 2020 Scholarship Recipient Stories

Derartu My family has experienced financial challenges throughout the years.  My adoptive mother, who worked as a nurse, was disabled for 4 years due to an injury, and we needed to use food stamps and assistance programs to survive.  She is back working, but has raised six children as a single mother and cannot pay for our college expenses as her savings were used up during the time she was unable to work. In high school, I worked at Subway and was able to save a small amount, but I took my education very seriously and also devoted a [...]

Scholarship Established in Honor of Longtime Madison College Employee

Patricia “Parts Pat” Ann Prihoda worked at Madison College, serving in the Auto Parts Store. During that time she influenced hundreds of students on their career paths in the trades. She retired in 2012 after dedicating 37 years. Please find the full obituary here. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In honor of Pat, a scholarship was established, the “Auto Parts Pat Scholarship”.  Gifts to this scholarship can be made here. All donations to this scholarship support students in the trades. To find out how you can set up your own scholarship find more information here. [...]

Fall 2020 Scholarship Recipient Story

I am a 31-year-old student at Madison College attending the ADN program. While others may look at me and think I must have failed so much to be trying to start a career in nursing at age 31, I know that it is because of all my successes, by the grace of God, that has brought me this far. I started my life with the odds stacked against me, during the heart of America’s crack epidemic with parents who were actively involved in the statistics. My two brothers, two sisters and I, had been causalities of our environment sustaining [...]

Matt & Wendy Franczak Scholarship Fund

Every winter break Wendy Franczak, an Administrative Specialist at Madison College, and her husband Matt choose a few charities that are meaningful to them and they generously donate. In 2018, they had more expenses than usual so they skipped that year. In 2019 they knew they wanted to give more to make up for the previous year and thought, "where can we make the most impact on the community?" Instead of donating to several organizations, they decided to make one larger donation to the Madison College Foundation and established an endowed fund that will support students into perpetuity. [...]

FRWRD Hospitality Group Establishes Scholarship

“Many of us spent late May and June, 2020 watching as this country grapples with police violence and continuing racism. Wondering how we can help change things for the better. Maybe we joined in demonstrations, educated ourselves on black history and racism or supported the efforts of anti-racism groups. Maybe we persevered with the work we were already doing with more urgency than before. Maybe we constructively talked about race with friends and coworkers for the first time, ever. One thing that Tyler and I kept going back to during this time was what we could do to make [...]

Madison College Alum Establishes George Floyd Endowed Scholarship Fund

In addition to the existing George Floyd Memorial Scholarship Fund, a Madison College alum, Paul and his partner, Peter, contacted the Madison College Foundation to establish this endowed scholarship fund to honor George Floyd. Their vision is that the scholarships to support racial justice while honoring George Floyd will exist into perpetuity. When they learned that an endowed fund requires a minimum balance of $20,000, Paul and Peter offered a $15,000 match gift to encourage others to give and to make it easier to meet the minimum threshold. If you are looking for a long-lasting way to make a difference [...]