Thank you to the many donors who generously support our scholarships and awards. Your donations help make education at UW–Madison accessible for returning adult and nontraditional students juggling multiple responsibilities and roles as they work toward completing a degree.  Gifts of any amount are welcome and deeply appreciated.

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Adult Student Scholarship

This fund provides financial support to returning adult students working toward degree completion including the Badger Ready program. Contributions to this fund will be applied to the areas of greatest need.

Sybil Pressprich and Bucky BadgerSybil Pressprich retired from UW–Madison at the end of 2020 after 24 years with Adult Career and Special Student Services (ACSSS). Sybil coordinated our Outstanding Undergraduate Returning Adult Student Award and the annual celebration honoring returning adult students. She was committed to supporting adult and nontraditional students achieve their education dreams. Upon her retirement, the ACSSS staff made a significant contribution to this fund in Sybil’s honor.

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Alma Baron Second Chance for Women Scholarship

This fund was established by Alma Baron who returned to school at age 51 to earn a doctorate in adult education. Dr. Baron’s family continues to support the fund in her memory.  This scholarship supports women aged 45 or older who are returning to school.

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Nancy W. Denney Memorial Scholarship

This fund was established in memory of Nancy Denney, a single parent and devoted professor who died of cancer in 1995.  Recipients are undergraduate, single parent students.

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Bernice D. Kuney Scholarship

This fund was established by Edith Martindale to honor Bernice Kuney, a UW-Extension professor of English who supported adult students returning to school.

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American Association of University Women (AAUW) - Madison Fund for Excellence

This fund supports the Single Parent Undergraduate Scholarship and the Outstanding Undergraduate Returning Adult Student Award.

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PLATO Scholarship Fund

Donations to the PLATO Scholarship Fund can be made by visiting the PLATO webpage.

Mary K. Rouse & Roger P. Bruesewitz Beyond Bars Scholarship Fund

This fund supports students taking credit courses toward a first undergraduate degree.

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Scholarship recipient with her family and Bucky

Give by mail

To make a gift by check, please download and complete our donor form  selecting the fund(s) you wish to support. Mail the form and your check made payable to UW Foundation to: Anne Niendorf, Adult Career and Special Student Services, 21 N. Park St., Suite 7101, Madison, WI, 53715-1218.

If you have questions about making a gift, contact Anne Niendorf, Scholarship coordinator, Adult Career and Special Student Services at or 608-265-5120.  

Know a returning adult student?

Encourage them to check out our financial assistance information.