Changes to the Chapter Scholarship Program

In an effort to maintain and grow the Chapter Scholarship Program while addressing the significant challenges it faces, a committee of WFAA employees and alumni volunteer leaders was organized to review the program and to make recommendations for changes to the WFAA Board. An ad hoc committee of board members then met to review, affirm, and amend the proposal. In 2017, the proposal was presented and reviewed by the Alumni Relations and Engagement Committee of the WFAA Board and by the full WFAA Board.

The decision to make these changes was difficult. Since 1967, the UW Foundation, now part of the WFAA, has matched portions of scholarship funds raised by the chapters. , From 2013-2017, for instance, WFAA provided approximately $750,000 in matching funds to local chapter scholarships., That long-standing practice of providing matching funds to enhance the local scholarship donations was warmly welcomed by WAA chapters and by the more than 5,000 scholarship recipients since 1967.

Over the years, most of the funds used for the matching scholarship program came from the WFAA’s general operating budget, which fluctuates each year based on financial market conditions.
To ensure the continued financial integrity of the WFAA, and to fully invest our operating funds toward fulfilling our primary mission to support UW–Madison, the WFAA made the decision to no longer provide matching funds from the WFAA’s operating funds and to assist local chapters in the transition.

In compiling its recommendation for these changes, the committee noted the hard work and dedication of our local alumni chapters that helped thousands of UW–Madison students have received financial support to assist in their education. The local chapter scholarship program remains a vital tool for volunteer recruitment and engagement for alumni chapters across the country and around the globe. Maintaining a scholarship program is crucial to the future engagement of our alumni chapters and local volunteers and we intend to continue that tradition in the years ahead.

Our goal in implementing these changes is not to end the program but to help build a sustainable and locally supported scholarship program that is aligned with university priorities. To assist with that, and to continue its overall support of local chapters, the WFAA will:

  • Phase out the matching program over an extended period of time. While some of the changes will begin in 2018, full implementation of the changes won’t be in place until 2021. This will allow time for local chapters to make the transition more smoothly and, hopefully, build a more sustainable chapter scholarship program. The phase-out schedule appears below.
  • Seek gift funds that may be available to replace matching dollars from the WFAA general equity funds.
  • Provide marketing and fundraising support that will assist local chapters in their fundraising and development activities.
  • Work closely with UW–Madison’s Office of Financial Aid to increase the information made available to incoming and current UW–Madison students seeking financial aid.

Find answers to questions to frequently asked questions.

If you have any other questions or concerns regarding these changes, please contact Jeff Wendorf, or by visiting uwalumni.com/chapterleader.

In the meantime, thank you for your continued support of the Wisconsin Alumni Association, the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association, and UW–Madison.

Three-Year Phase-Out Schedule

The phase out of the scholarship program match will be phased out over a period of three years:

Year 1 Group

Any new chapters, deactivated chapters, ones that have not held a corporate event, or have not awarded scholarships in the last 3 years: Last match will occur 2017-2018.

  • Akron Cleveland
  • Central Florida
  • Central OH (Columbus)
  • Central PA (Harrisburg)
  • Charleston
  • Charlotte
  • Cincinnati
  • Delaware Valley (Philadelphia)
  • Door County
  • Greenville
  • Houston
  • Iowa
  • Jefferson
  • Kenosha
  • Korea
  • Las Vegas
  • Louisville
  • Manitowoc County
  • Mankato
  • Miami
  • Mt. Horeb
  • New Jersey
  • New York Capital District
  • North Texas
  • New Orleans
  • Paris
  • Pikes Peak
  • Racine
  • Red Rock (Sedona)
  • Richmond
  • Rock County
  • Rockford
  • Sacramento
  • Salem, OR
  • Salt Lake City
  • Southwest Wisconsin
  • Superior/Duluth
  • Thailand
  • Triangle Area
  • Tucson
  • Washington County
  • Watertown – Joe Davies Foundation
  • Western NY (Rochester)
  • Western Suburban Chicago

Year 2 Group

Chapters that have consistently met or exceeded the match: Last match will occur 2018-2019.

  • Antigo
  • Big Apple Badgers – WEASF
  • Brown County
  • Chicago
  • Chippewa Valley
  • Heart of Illinois
  • Milwaukee
  • Orange County
  • Twin Cities
  • Washington, D.C.
  • NAO, WALSAA, SOM

Year 3 Group

All remaining chapters: Last match 2019-2020.

  • Atlanta
  • Austin
  • Baltimore
  • Bay Area Badgers
  • Boston-Area Chapter
  • Chequamegon Bay
  • Connecticut and West Massachusetts
  • Fond du Lac
  • Fort Atkinson
  • Fox Valley
  • Green County
  • Indianapolis
  • Kansas City
  • Lakeland
  • Los Angeles
  • Marshfield
  • Mile High
  • Motor City Badgers
  • Pittsburgh
  • Portland
  • Price County
  • Rochester Badgers
  • San Antonio
  • San Diego
  • Sarasota/Manatee
  • Sauk County
  • Seattle
  • Sheboygan
  • St. Louis
  • Tampa Bay
  • Valley of the Sun
  • Waukesha County
  • Wausau
  • West Palm Beach