Throughout most of the University's history, tuition was nominal and the economic barriers to attending the UW-Madison were low. Increasingly, however, the University has had to rely on tuition increases to meet the rising cost of running a world-class institution and to offset the dwindling percentage of state support.
The result? Students can no longer meet rising costs simply by working more hours. In 1960, students working 12 hours per week for 40 weeks during the academic year and 40 hours per week during the summer could cover 67 percent of their educational costs. Today, students working the same number of hours can cover only 34 percent.
Great People Scholarships will make certain that the best and brightest students continue on at UW-Madison. We need your support to make this happen. Your gifts will help create a pool of resources for promising scholars.
Today's students are making their investment, voting overwhelmingly for tuition surcharges over the next three years to improve the quality and accessibility of a UW-Madison undergraduate education. Faculty and staff helped to generate nearly $2 million to launch the Great People Scholarship Campaign in 2009. We ask you to join us by investing in the future – and doubling the impact of your gift. The University of Wisconsin Foundation will match gifts to the Great People Scholarship dollar for dollar, up to a total of $20 million.