Social Justice in Support of the George Floyd Memorial Scholarship – Madison College Foundation
Social Justice in Support of the George Floyd Memorial Scholarship2023-10-31T08:09:33-06:00

Thank you for considering a gift to the Social Justice for George Floyd Memorial Scholarship Endowed Fund. This will provide funding for the George Floyd Memorial Scholarship. Gifts up to $10,000 are being matched by Paul Patenaude!

In 2020 Dr. Jack Daniels, III and Tammy Thayer wrote, “At Madison College, we are taking steps towards equity. The recent shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin is further indication of the need to make substantial and sustainable change to eradicate racism. It is our goal to create an environment where racial equity and respect of differences becomes woven into the fabric of our culture. We must continue to take action if we want to provide a learning environment that is fair, equitable and just.”

At that time, we established the George Floyd Memorial Scholarship, which supports 2 black students over 25 each semester, creating an opportunity for those pursuing their educational dreams.

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 it was launched, Paul and Peter offered to match gifts, inviting the community to join this important work. Now, they are growing the fund with an additional match or up to $10,000. Thank you for your support!

If you want to give by check, please make it payable to “Madison College Foundation” and write “Social Justice for George Floyd” on the memo line.

Please mail checks to:

Madison College Foundation
1701 Wright Street
Madison, WI 53704

“As a result of the circumstances in my childhood, I never really thought I would attend college. My mother was a single parent who struggled to raise three children on welfare while also battling her own issues. Although my mother found a way, my sister, brother, and I shared one room in a two-bedroom apartment. I stopped attending school at the age of 17 to work full-time to support my child and myself after becoming a single parent. All my life, I have desired more. However, the desire for more always seemed so far away.

I made the decision to return to school to earn my HSED because I wanted to be a better mother, daughter, sister, and overall person. My sister and I enrolled in lessons at Omega School to earn our HSEDs. I believed that I should continue my education by pursuing a degree in a field in which I knew I would excel. To earn my associates in applied science, I chose to enroll in the Human Services two-year program.

Since attending MATC, I have made the dean’s list four times, three of which were with perfect grades. I have a certificate for clearing the peer specialist program, for which I will be taking the state board exam, as well as certificates for receiving the star award and being named the exemplary student of the year 2022.

I just want to say thank you for helping me reach my dream job of being a social worker. Thank you for giving me this opportunity and helping with funding my schooling I appreciate you for helping my thank you again and may the most high bless you.”

-Rosalind, Spring ’23 Scholarship recipient