Madison, Wis. – Oct. 12, 2017 – The Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU) has distributed $66,000 in CIC/UPS Scholarships to assist 24 students at member private colleges and universities in Wisconsin. The scholarships were made possible by a grant from the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, DC, through the CIC/UPS Educational Endowment.

“At a time when college graduates are more critical to Wisconsin’s economy than ever, we are especially grateful to CIC and UPS for their partnership in making students’ aspirations in higher education a reality,” said Dr. Rolf Wegenke, president of WAICU.

Nationally, CIC and the UPS Foundation provided more than $1.5 million in student scholarships through state-based associations to make private colleges and universities more accessible to underserved students.

Colleges in Wisconsin that received UPS Scholarships this year from WAICU include AlvernoCollege, 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.

“Independent colleges and universities in this country are remarkably effective at educating and graduating low-income and first-generation students in less time, with less student debt,” said Richard Ekman, president of CIC. “Helping these students afford a private college education is a truly critical need in our society, and it is rewarding to be a partner with the UPS Foundation and WAICU as we help to support deserving students.”

The CIC/UPS Scholarship Program has made a private college education possible for more than 20,000 low-income and first generation students and has had a transformative impact on individuals, families, and communities across the county.

“The UPS Foundation is honored to work with CIC to provide scholarships for students at independent colleges and universities,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of the UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer at UPS. “Our goal is to fund powerful programs that make a lasting difference to the global community.”

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