Giving Opportunities

Jacqueline DeWalt Memorial Scholarship Fund

Appointed Executive Director of PEOPLE in 2005, Jacqueline “Jackie” DeWalt stepped into the shoes of Walter Lane, who created and implemented the academic talent development program in 1999 as part of a campus-wide diversity initiative. Guiding the nationally-known program for 10 years as PEOPLE Director, DeWalt increased its service scope and depth with statewide campus, tribal and community partnerships, while shepherding hundreds of PEOPLE scholars and their families from middle school to college graduation.

To celebrate her life and service, a scholarship fund has been established in her memory.  To donate, click here.

Invest in the Future of Wisconsin

PEOPLE is serving only a small fraction of the number of Wisconsin’s qualified and motivated students of color and low income. Between 1999 and 2005, the program attracted over 1,000 new students; participation jumped 1498% from 66 students to 1,088! The University of Wisconsin-Madison invests approximately $4 million annually to fund the program, but outside funding is necessary for sustainability and growth. There is a great need for scholarships at both the precollege and college levels.

PROGRAM FOCUS: The program focuses on building the following four competencies necessary to seek and complete a college degree: (1) Build and Master Academic Knowledge; (2) Build Cognitive Skills and Strategies; (3) Build Self-Management Skills; and (4) Build Knowledge about College through Experiential Learning. This is achieved through summer residential programs, tutoring sites, and personalized intrusive advising.



Contact UW Foundation to discuss giving opportunities to PEOPLE:

Phone: 608.263.4545
Fax: 608.263.0781