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

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 [...]

Update on Instruction This Fall

Over 70% of the classes are completely virtual. While the format is different, faculty and staff spent the summer adapting their material and approach so that students continue to receive a top class education. The classes that do require in-person hands-on instruction are being held with new safety standards. Barriers have been installed when appropriate and classrooms have been reconfigured to allow for safe distancing. We have strict health and safety standards for anyone on campus. No one is allowed on campus without a specific purpose and authorization. They must complete a COVID-19 screening before entering campus and masks [...]

Students Excel as Sánchez Scholars Program Grows

21 years ago, Retired UW-Madison Professor Roberto Sánchez established a scholarship to inspire academic excellence by local Latino/a youth and to build a pathway for those in high school and postsecondary institutions to achieve their academic dreams. His scholarships began by supporting young people in the MMSD system and continuing to provide funding through Madison College and UW-Madison. When he passed he gave an endowed gift to ensure that this program has funding into perpetuity. The impact that the program through this legacy has and will continue to have is life changing. Madison365 recently highlighted the current Sanchez students.  [...]

AFT Local 243 Endowed Scholarship Given to Physical Therapist Assistant Student

Stacey is a returning student and Navy veteran attending the Physical Therapist Assistant program. After 20 years of service in the Navy, Stacey worked briefly as an administrative assistant.  After realizing that an administrative job outside the military was not the best fit, she decided to go back to school to pursue a career that required teamwork, solving challenges and helping others. “I applied and was thrilled to be admitted to the Physical Therapist Assistant program.  This program has the potential to allow me to work in a job that helps others and to be an involved parent.” [...]