Alumni and friends of the University of Wisconsin-Madison came together to support the university and many of its initiatives March 28-29 for Day of the Badger. UW Financial Aid is humbled by the generosity shown towards students with financial need via the Great People Scholarship and Emergency Student Support Fund.
The Emergency Student Support Fund supports students during moments of financial crises that could force them to pause their education. This fund is designed to quickly help alleviate food insecurity, issues with housing and unanticipated bills, and expenses for unanticipated travel home. The Emergency Student Support Fund helps financially vulnerable students navigate these challenging situations. Thanks to Bill Kirkpatrick ’89 and Susan Kirkpatrick ’87 and their matching gift of $10,000, more than $22,000 was raised to support students in crises.
Similarly, alumni and friends demonstrated an outpouring of support to the Great People Scholarship Fund. Over $40,000 was raised to support students that are admitted to UW-Madison, but do not have sufficient resources to enroll and attend. That includes a surprise $2,500 match by an anonymous donor for a final push at the end of the day! This scholarship provides critical funds to students on campus who need it most, and makes initiatives such as Bucky’s Tuition Promise and Bucky’s Pell Pathway possible.