Class Gift

For your class gift, the Class of 1970 reunion committee chose to create the Class of 1970 Chancellor’s Scholarship. The endowment fund will support the UW’s Chancellor’s Scholarship Program, a highly selective, merit-based initiative that attracts and supports academically talented, underrepresented students. The program — which has benefitted more than 1,000 undergraduates since it began and has more than 300 current scholars — helps students from diverse backgrounds find their home at the UW and contributes to a more inclusive campus environment.

Not only will your gift make an impact, but it will also be doubled: every dollar contributed to the Class of 1970 Chancellor’s Scholarship will be matched, thanks to the generosity of Phill ’82, MS’83 and Liz Gross!

Don’t miss this opportunity to create a positive, collective legacy that will leave a lasting mark on students and the campus community. The class-gift total will be announced during your reunion event, scheduled to take place April 15–16, 2021!

How to Make a Contribution

There are many ways to give to your class gift. Every contribution will be matched dollar for dollar (up to $1 million) by Phill and Liz Gross — doubling the class’s impact on future Badgers!

Please refer to the instructions below to learn how to contribute. For any questions, please contact Shannon Ghere ’10, director of development for scholarships and student support, at or 608-509-2167.

Contribute to the Class of 1970 Chancellor’s Scholarship

You can contribute through any one of these options or through a combination of them:

  1. Make a gift when completing the registration for your reunion event
  2. Respond to the class-gift mailing or class-gift email
  3. Make a credit-card donation online at
  4. Donate via mail (include “Class of 1970” in the memo and see further instructions)
  5. Give a qualified charitable distribution directly from your IRA
  6. Give a donation of stock
  7. Leverage a match from your employer

Create Your Own Scholarship

Another option is to create your own Chancellor’s Scholarship with a pledge of $50,000 or more (may be paid over multiple years), which will count toward the class-gift total and qualify for the Grosses’ match. If choosing this option, you may name this fund as you like and identify a preference for the awardee’s school or college. The criteria for creating your own scholarship will require approval from the Chancellor’s Scholarship Program. Each year, the UW will provide you with an update on the recipient.

To begin setting up your own Chancellor’s Scholarship, please contact Shannon Ghere at or 608-509-2167.

Your Gift Will Make a Difference

Along with creating a legacy, the Class of 1970 Chancellor’s Scholarship will address the need for student financial support. At the UW, this support lags behind peer institutions. In 2017, a survey of high-achieving students who applied to the UW — but ultimately did not enroll — found that 58 percent of them cited scholarships and financial-aid packages as a determining factor in their decision.

Students in the Chancellor’s Scholarship Program receive a full-tuition award for four years of enrollment at UW–Madison. They also receive a book stipend, academic advising and mentorship, access to distinguished faculty and staff, and a talented multicultural community of campus scholars. By giving to your class gift, you’ll help deserving students gain this support.

Thank you for considering a donation to the Class of 1970’s class gift. UW–Madison and the Wisconsin Alumni Association® are grateful for your class’s contributions.