Stand By YOU Case for Support_2022

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“No other activity was closer or dearer to my dad’s heart than Madison College.”
-Walter Frautschi

Madison College Foundation Board of


Dear Friends,

I carry an admiration for the artistry and beauty of tapestries. Created with intricacy and patience, thousands of threads are woven together to tell a story with splendor and grace. In much the same way, Madison College is weaving together the lives of thousands of students to create a magnificent tapestry of dreams fulfilled. This tapestry is particularly powerful for me because I am one of the threads of the Madison College tapestry.

Raised in the Madison area, I was a first-generation college student (similar to many of Madison College’s current students). I earned an Associate degree from Madison College in Liberal Studies before pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at UW-Madison and a MBA at Boston University.

I worked abroad for 18 years in Italy and Dubai before returning to Madison. During my experiences internationally where I worked for companies such as Nestle and Hewitt Associates, I realized Madison College prepared me well for a business career by instilling knowledge and a passion for continuous learning. Madison College taught me to listen to mentors, seek growth opportunities and leverage every opportunity as the tapestry of my life was woven.

Now as CEO of the Madison College Foundation, I have come full circle. I am privileged to be part of Madison College’s historic expansion and growth.

Because of you, Madison College Foundation supports students with Smart Future Scholarships and Emergency Grants. We also enhance the efforts of faculty and staff through Innovation Grants.

You stood by me when I was a student at Madison College. I now invite you to join me in standing by this new generation of students who will impact Wisconsin and the world. In beautiful and powerful ways, the tapestry of our lives continues to be woven as we stand beside each other.

Thank you for supporting the Madison College Foundation! We cannot do this without YOU!

Ex-Officio Members


Gratefully, Tammy Thayer, MBA CEO

Bill Beisenstein, President Gordon Derzon John Feller Katie Hottmann Beth Jefferson Debra Lange Todd Ludgate Marshall Mennenga Tim O’Brien Jim Riordan Robin Roberts Tracy Schweitzer Cory Sims Turina Bakken Dr. Elton Crim Dr. Jack E. Daniels, III
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President Jack E. Daniels, III and Tammy Thayer stand by student Edward Robinson

Madison College Foundation

Because you live and work in Wisconsin, your future is tied to the success and prosperity of Madison College graduates. Nine out of ten Madison College graduates live and work in our State. This means they are contributing to the health, safety and economic viability of your community…every day! Firefighters, nurses, police officers, engineers, architects, business leaders, teachers, culinary and baking professionals and entrepreneurs all get their start at Madison College.

For nearly 50 years, Madison College Foundation has supported the work of Madison College through scholarships, emergency assistance for students and innovation grants for faculty led projects. This support is not just a value add, it is essential to the success of graduates and to their ability to impact our community.

Supporting scholarships at Madison College provides the crucial financial bridge that makes higher education possible for many students. Scholarship recipients are more able to focus on coursework and participate in extracurricular activities that offer valuable volunteer, internship and leadership experiences. By helping students reduce or eliminate educational debt, you enable graduates to perform better at work, contribute to their families’ prosperity and improve the overall economic impact of our region.

A. R. Graham Scholarship Fund established in memory of Alexander Graham, director of the school 1927-1947
students transfer from Madison College to the University of
Madison Industrial School started as a vocational school above Madison’s first fire station than from any other source 90% of our graduates stay in Wisconsin to live and work Page 2
of JUNEAU RICHLAND ROCK our graduates are employed within six months of graduation 93% Nearly More MARQUETTE ADAMS COLUMBIA DANE Wisconsin-Madison JEFFERSON DODGE GREEN IOWA SAUK Portage Reedsburg Madison Watertown Fort Atkinson MADISON AREA NORTHERN REGION EASTERN REGION MADISON COLLEGE DISTRICT

Jessica Staudt Student

Success Stories

I grew up in Oregon, Wisconsin and am the oldest child. I was always trying to be the best example for my younger brother and sister. I am however, the first person in my family to attend college. This brought a lot of challenges as none of us were very familiar with the cost of tuition. My parents went through a divorce so financially and emotionally, times were hard. At the age of 21, I realized that I had a problem with alcohol and that my life was not headed on the right track. I had always dreamed of becoming a R.N., but my alcoholism was getting in the way. At that time, I decided to join a recovery program and get sober.

It has been a very tough journey. Getting back into school, working, keeping up with family and recovery has not

always been easy. It has however, been so much more than I could have ever imagined for my life. I celebrated five years of sobriety on January 20, 2018! I currently work part-time in the emergency department at St. Mary’s Hospital and the Cardiology department at Dean and St. Mary’s Outpatient Center under my paramedic license. For a long time, I was disappointed that I didn’t complete my nursing degree sooner. Today, however, I can be so grateful for the scholarships I received from Madison College Foundation and the opportunities I have had to learn on the job. I think all of this will help me become the wonderful nurse I was always meant to be.

I am a graduate of the Madison College 2003 Cosmetology program. My story starts with an average day and a not so average haircut when an older gentleman sat in my chair for his $5 haircut and asked me what my dream was. I answered to be a makeup artist. The next day I was given a package that the man had left telling me about an internship in New York City at The Juilliard School in wigs and makeup. I applied and was accepted, thanks in part to my training. This all led to a career as the Wig and Makeup Shop Coordinator at the Juilliard School for 13 years and a lucrative side career in wig making for Saturday Night Live, Cirque du Soleil, Broadway, and movies. Remember to be kind to everyone because you just never know who’s going to sit in your chair!


The college received its first bequest from the estate of long-time district board member and president Emil Frautschi

1960 1968
MATC Foundation established with $36,000 in designated funds Name changed to Madison Area Technical College (MATC)
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Ashley Hanson Alumna

I Stand By YOU...

Eric & Jane Englund Donors

Our pleasure in providing scholarship support to Madison College students is enhanced by our opportunity to get to know the scholarship recipients and interact with them and provide our thoughts on the issues they confront as they move through life. Many of these students have not had the good fortune to have family/friends to assist them in making decisions and setting priorities. No, we don’t have all the answers to the issues they confront, but our life experience and circle of friends can and have been a resource to those students as they set priorities, solve problems, respond to crisis and move toward full economic independence. They have become part of our family.


New facilities built in Fort Atkinson, Portage, Reedsburg and Watertown Foundation partners with alumni to build Robin Roberts Field, home to WolfPack Baseball
Truax Campus opens in the clinic and hospital in building our community in an emergenc y in your business Eric Englund with recipient Thomas Stokes
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Englund recipients Antoine Smith and Edward Robinson

Madison College Foundation

Is Celebrating 50 Years of Supporting Wisconsin


1. Smart Future Scholarships, which provide funding for students to help them achieve their dreams in more than 140 professional fields that impact your community every day;

2. Emergency Grants that assist students who face financial burdens such as lack of food, transportation challenges, medical bills and/or other personal crises;

3. Scholars of Promise Program that provides low-income recent high school graduates in the Madison College district area the opportunity to attend Madison College with tuition and fees covered for up to 6 semesters.

4. Planned Gifts move us toward realization of our vision that no student be denied an education due to financial barriers.

Foundation partners with college in leading A New Century of Promise, celebrating the college centennial

Lona M. Ehlers Nursing Scholarship becomes first $1 million endowed fund
Scholars of Promise program launched
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$30 Million Goal Stands By YOU
Comprehensive Campaign Goal Programs Annual Goals 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 5-Year Totals Smart Future Scholarships $2,920,939 $3,064,902 $3,161,561 $3,369,158 $3,364,272 $15,880,832 Emergency Grants $262,462 $285,498 $303,838 $301,242 $316,594 $1,469,634 Scholars of Promise $500,000 $550,000 $600,000 $650,000 $700,000 $3,000,000 Planned Giving $10,000,000 Total Campaign Goal $30,350,466 We look forward to helping YOU accomplish your personal goals for our community through Madison College Foundation. Page 6 Serving Our District Serving Students Serving YOU Madison College Foundation’s Stand By YOU Campaign Feel free to contact us at: (608) 246-6441 Scholarships $15,880,832 Planned Giving $10,000,000 Emergency Grants $1,469,634 Scholars of Promise $3,000,000
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