Mid-State Connect Winter 2017 Issue

foundation & alumni MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Why Give? Giving to the Mid-State Foundation is one way you can say thank you and see that your hard-earned resources provide the critical help others may need to achieve success and independence. The Need Is Great Mid-State transforms lives, creating “career-ready” employees who make an immediate impact in the community. But the students in our district start out with greater financial hurdles than almost any others in the state. The success of our mission comes down to generous gifts from people like you—who help keep our students enrolled and working toward a brighter future for themselves and our shared communities. Your Gift Gives Back Every gift, whatever the size, is needed and appreciated. In turn, our students and alumni strengthen our region’s economy and outlook by giving back their skills and resources. Of course our donors give for the sheer joy of it, too. 65% WITHIN OUR DISTRICT OF MID-STATE GRADUATES ARE EMPLOYED

Those of us who have found success in life know the price—hard work, dedication, and support from others along the way. But not everyone is fortunate enough to have the support needed in this formula for success— especially when it comes to financial help. Mid-State serves a resident population of 171,000, with approximately 8,000 students enrolled per year. The vast majority of our students bring the hard work and dedication while pursuing their degree with us, but too many do not have the financial support they need to fund their education or weather unforeseen expenses. In fact, the central Wisconsin district is the second highest in the state for percentage of economically disadvantaged students. And that’s where the Mid-State Foundation comes in. More accurately—that’s where the work of the Foundation’s many generous donors comes in. 80% FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE OF MID-STATE STUDENTS RECEIVE SOME FORMOF NATHANIEL RUIZ 2017–18 Scholarship Recipient the lives you Impact “I almost didn’t go back to college because I didn’t know how I was going to pay for all my schooling. The scholarships I’ve received have truly changed my life and helped me proceed with my life goals.”

STEPHEN KAGE Midcon Data Services • Mid-State ‘78 “The Civil Technology degree that I received from Mid-State has served me well throughout my career. By creating this endowment, I hope that others will also benefit from the Mid-State experience. May those who seek knowledge have the opportunity to receive it.”


Mid-State Connect Winter 2017

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