Scholarships – Madison College Foundation


Thanks to our generous donors, we award over $1 million in scholarships and emergency grants annually to students. Scholarship awards remain among the most important ways to encourage student success. They relieve financial burden while offering validation of a challenging endeavor. A scholarship can provide a significant positive outcome for a student’s educational journey, career trajectory, and life.

Donors who establish a named fund can identify requirements and preferences to receive their scholarships. Students apply through a centralized scholarship process and are matched with the scholarships for which they qualify. 

Establishers of named funds have a personal connection with the students they help. They receive individual scholarship profiles from the students they fund each time an award is made. Annually students and donors visit at our scholarship breakfast to share the impact and excitement of education. 

The Smart Future Fund is our important general scholarship fund that awards to a growing number of students each year.

The first step in establishing a named fund is usually having a conversation. Feel free to call or email Ruth, or fill out the interest form on the right and we will contact you.

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Jerry Frautschi Donates One Million Dollars to Support the Students with the Most Need

When we asked Jerry why he is giving this generous gift, he said, "My grandfather, Emil Frautschi, always recognized and valued the positive outcomes that a technical school education can have on individuals and their community. He was a shining example that a four-year college degree isn’t required to become successful. With only a grade school education, he became a very prominent Madison businessman, and the first president of the Madison Vocational and Adult Education School Board. In 1960, Emil Frautschi established the first bequest to the College that has since enabled hundreds of students to pursue training [...]

Roots and Wings gives $100,000 to support Early Childcare Education

The Roots & Wings Foundation has designated $100,000 to support early childhood education. These funds will be split to support students in the Early Childcare Education program and to provide assistance for childcare scholarships for students’ children. For many in our community, childcare is a barrier to education and to steady employment. This gift supports crucial work to address this. We are grateful for this partnership. Roots & Wings is a family foundation established in 2019 by Judy and Gordon Faulkner. Roots & Wings makes grants across the fields of healthcare, early learning, basic needs, and safety and justice. [...]