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About the Scholarship Trust

$111,000 in Scholarships since 2009!

We might be a young WAA group, but we are dedicated to seeing the next generation realize their dreams of attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We can’t do it without you! Please consider helping us send some of the area’s best and brightest to UW-Madison!

The Wisconsin Alumni Association®: Heart of Illinois Chapter (WAA: HOI) would like to express its sincere thanks for the generous donation that we received from you in 2019. With our supporters’ donations, we were able to award four scholarships of $3,500 each to very talented graduating high school seniors from Bloomington, Moline, Springfield, and Davenport, Iowa, at our Founders’ Day banquet on May 4 in East Peoria, with 54 people in attendance. We had our first Powers-Knapp recipient, which recognizes highly qualified minority students! Thanks to WAA: HOI working closely with the UW–Madison Office of Student Financial Aid, Lilly Peralta will receive more than $25,000 in scholarship money each year for four years.

Our chapter’s philanthropic efforts also included a $2,500 donation toward the initial fundraising campaign for the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Central Illinois. These funds came from our chapter operating funds (not our scholarship fund) and were used to purchase a commemorative brick featuring our chapter’s contribution and logo. In addition, we volunteered to help with construction clean-up at RMHC before the grand opening.

Our fifth annual BIG10 Trivia Championship in Peoria raised $1,200 for our chapter scholarship fund. We attended the Badger Leaders Conference in Madison, hosted the BADGER HUDDLE® tailgate event at the Wisconsin-Illinois football game, held numerous Badger game watch parties at various locations throughout our chapter region, and earned prestigious Bascom Chapter status for the ninth consecutive year! Finally, we led the charge on Day of the Badger by raising more financial donations from more individual donors than ANY other WAA chapter in the world!

As a Madison alum, we thought you might like to know our fundraising results to date. We are very pleased to inform you that in the last 10 years, our chapter has awarded $111,000 in scholarships to 47 deserving high school graduates from the Bloomington-Normal, Champaign-Urbana, Clinton, Decatur, Dunlap, Galesburg, Lincoln, Ottawa, Peoria, Peru, Quad Cities (including eastern Iowa), Shelbyville, and Springfield areas who selected UW–Madison as their college.

These scholarships are possible because of generous contributions from local alumni and the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association (WFAA). During 2019, our scholarship fundraising brought in a grand total of $80,646 (comprising $68,660 from HOI alumni, company matches, and a $3,000 matching award from WFAA). To enhance our giving potential, we have converted our funds into an endowment with WFAA and have launched our campaign to raise $1 million.

For 2020, we plan to award scholarships to four new recipients during our May Founders’ Day banquet in East Peoria, as we will surpass $120,000 in scholarship awards. With your continued support, we know we can reach our goal!

All contributions help make the dream of a UW education possible for these deserving students. For those who are interested in giving a named scholarship, the board of directors of the WAA: HOI Chapter has resolved that individuals contributing $1,000 or more may have a scholarship given in their name. Your gift, of any size, makes you part of a thriving local community that changes young lives. Thank you!

On, Wisconsin!

Rich Tinaglia ’77
Wisconsin Alumni Association: Heart of Illinois Chapter Vice President and Scholarship Fundraising Chair

You can donate online or send your tax deductible contributions to:

University of Wisconsin Foundation
US Bank Lockbox, Box 78236
Milwaukee, WI 53278-0236