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Spring 2021 Scholarship Recipient Stories

Jacob I grew up on a family farm, where family and hard work always went hand and hand. I am an only child, and a large part of my life has been taking on responsibilities of the farm. My father and I are partners in running the farm. I have been able to move into a management position where I am the one making logistical and economical decisions. Some things that I take pride in are my strong work ethic, my willingness to learn and be better, and my curiosity to experience new things and have the ability to [...]

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Supporting our Changing Communities

Madison College is a leader in racial justice and has always adapted to the changing needs across our district.  In this past year, our community has reexamined our roles and actions and the role technical education plays in providing opportunities to our diverse communities. We strive to grow and sustain a culture where all people are valued for who they are and who they will become. At Madison College, differences are celebrated.   Companies big and small are also strengthening their commitment to diversity internally and through their community work. Partnering with the Madison College Foundation provides more opportunities to students [...]

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. [...]