The Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU) has distributed $62,400 in UPS Scholarships to 24 low-income students at private, nonprofit colleges and universities in the state. The scholarships were made possible by a grant from the UPS Educational Endowment Fund administered by the Washington, D.C.-based Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).
Dr. Rolf Wegenke, President of WAICU, expressed gratitude to UPS and to CIC. “WAICU’s mission is, ‘working together for educational opportunity’; these partners demonstrate that it is more than talk; it is purpose in action.”
Nationally, CIC and the UPS Foundation teamed up to provide nearly $1.5 million in student scholarships this year, distributed through state-based private college associations around the country.
Colleges in Wisconsin that received UPS Scholarships this year from WAICU include Alverno College, Bellin College, Beloit College, Cardinal Stritch University, Carroll University, Carthage College, Columbia College of Nursing, Concordia University Wisconsin, Edgewood College, Lakeland University, Lawrence University, Marian University, Marquette University, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Mount Mary University, Nashotah House, Northland College, Ripon College, St. Norbert College, Silver Lake College, Viterbo University, and Wisconsin Lutheran College.
“Helping to make college affordable for students from underserved populations is a truly critical need in our society, and it is rewarding to know that The UPS Foundation is addressing this important issue head-on,” said Richard Ekman, president of CIC. “The independent colleges and universities in this country have a remarkable track record in educating and graduating low-income and first generation students, so it is natural that The UPS Foundation would want to work through CIC and its member institutions in this special scholarship program.”
“UPS’s long-standing policies and inclusive culture make it one of the most diverse companies in the world. The UPS Foundation is committed to support effective programs—like the UPS Scholarship program through CIC—that provide diverse populations with advancement opportunities,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of the UPS Foundation. “Key partners such as CIC help to advance our mission. The UPS Scholarship program has made a college education possible for more than 19,000 low-income and first generation students and has had a transformative impact on individual lives, on families, and on communities across this country. UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $110 million in charitable giving around the world, including more than 2.3 million hours of volunteer service, to local communities around the world in 2015.”