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. The University of Wisconsin-Madison invests approximately $4 million annually to fund the program, but outside funding is necessary for sustainability and growth.

If you are interested in donating to PEOPLE, please contact Joshua Woolfolk, DDEEA director of development, at or 608-416-0192.

Support the PEOPLE fund

Support the Jacqueline DeWalt Memorial Scholarship Fund

PEOPLE is also interested in receiving non-monetary donations such as time and volunteer service. If you are interested in contributing to PEOPLE in a non-monetary way, please contact with your specific proposal.