Class Gift

Leave a Lasting Legacy through the 1969 Class Gift.

For your class gift, the Class of 1969 reunion committee considered multiple options and decided to support the Class of 1969 Scholarship, an endowed, need-based scholarship that will assist generations of future Badgers to come. Undergraduate degrees are increasingly critical to a successful career and future, but the cost of a college education has risen dramatically nationwide since 1969. Although more than 80 percent of financial-aid recipients work during a given year, a part-time job covers only a small portion of that cost.

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The Impact of Need-Based Scholarships

The UW competes with peer institutions to attract and enroll talented students, no matter their economic background. In 2016, 58 percent of the students who applied to the UW but did not ultimately enroll cited scholarships and financial-aid packages as determining factors in their decision to go elsewhere.

Keeping the Best Students at the UW

Need-based scholarships support students who have been accepted to UW–Madison based on merit but do not have the financial resources to attend. The university wants to ensure that the best students can attend the UW — regardless of their economic constraints — and scholarships make the difference for promising students who aspire to be Badgers.

All students who receive this scholarship will understand its significance, as well as that of the alumni network that is investing in their education.

How to Contribute to Your Class Gift

There are several ways to contribute to your class gift. See below for options — you can contribute to your class gift through any one of these options or a combination of more than one. Please contact Shannon Ghere at shannon.ghere@supportuw.org if you have any questions.

  1. Contribute to the Class of 1969 Scholarship:
    • Contributions (not pledges) of any size, up to $200,000, will be matched dollar for dollar courtesy of John ’55 and Tashia ’55 Morgridge, doubling the class’s influence. Here are four different options of how to contribute to the scholarship:
  1. Leave an Estate Gift:
    • Document an estate gift of $50,000 or more to any area of student support, and Sue ’79, MFA’82 and James Patterson will match 10 percent of the estimated value into the Class of 1969 Scholarship. Documentation is nonbinding; it provides an estimation of your intentions.
    • Here’s how to contribute:
      • Complete a statement-of-deferred-gift form to document your intentions.
      • Make adjustments to your estate plans as needed.
  1. Create Your Own Scholarship:
    • With a commitment of $25,000 or more, you can create your own financial-aid scholarship, which will count toward the class gift total.
    • Donors can name the fund as they like and identify preference for the awardee’s field of study or geographic location (approval required). The UW will report back annually regarding who received your scholarship.
    • Here’s how to contribute:
      • Complete a pledge form to document your intentions. (Contact Shannon Ghere for the form.)
      • Donate online, utilize your IRA Mandatory Distributions (see form above), donate via check, donate stock, or speak with Shannon Ghere to discuss another way to complete your pledge.

UW–Madison and WAA are grateful for your Class of 1969 gift. Return for your 50-year class reunion — to be held September 26–29, 2019 — to see how your contribution will add to campus.

Questions? Contact WAA at reunions@uwalumni.com or 888-947-2586.