Leave a Lasting Legacy through the 1968 Class Gift
For your class gift, the Class of 1968 Reunion Committee considered multiple options and decided to support an endowed, need-based scholarship: a lasting legacy that will impact generations of 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 1968. 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.
A Chance to Double Your gift
The amount of gifts (not pledges) raised as a class this year will be matched dollar for dollar, which will double the class’s influence. Don’t miss this opportunity to leave a lasting impact on future Badgers!
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 a determining factor in their decision to go elsewhere. The UW’s current resources for need-based aid are significantly smaller than those of our peers, representing about one third of similar funds available at Northwestern University and less than half of need-based funds available at Ohio State University.
Keeping the Best Students at the UW
Furthermore, 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.
With a goal of $200,000, the Class of 1968 will establish a scholarship fund that will be given in perpetuity. All students receiving this scholarship will understand its significance and the alumni network that is investing in their education and that of future recipients.
UW–Madison and WAA are grateful for your Class of 1968 gift. Return for your 50-year class reunion — to be held October 4–7, 2018 — to see how your contribution will add to campus.
Questions? Contact WAA at firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-WIS-ALUM (947-2586).