Our Supporters


Alumni often say some of the most important lessons learned on campus had nothing to do with lecture halls and library stacks.

We strongly believe that a diverse student body and faculty are paramount to fulfilling our mission as a world-class institution of higher learning. That the breadth of experiences and interactions gained on campus today will shape the leadership of tomorrow.

Thanks to partnerships with visionary companies such as AT&T, we have built a pipeline filled with 1,200 bright, motivated students of color, ranging in age from 7 to 21. Two-thirds come from low-income families and are the first to go to college.

The program is used as a national model and is the UW System’s most successful venture in creating opportunities and improving campus diversity. PEOPLE is working and we believe there is strong potential to quadruple the number of students served.

We are grateful to the leadership at AT&T Wisconsin and others who accepted the challenge of keeping a long-term investment in education on their radar screen. Together, we are helping to reverse the troubling high school graduation rates among African American, Hispanic and American Indian students statewide. Not with affirmative action programs, but with early interventions that give hope and direction at critical junctures in young lives.

Once PEOPLE students are selected, they are put through intense academic preparation with UW faculty and staff focusing on individual areas of need. Summer residential programs introduce students to the rigors of academic research and the rewards of professional careers. They are held accountable for meeting program requirements every step of the way.

People holding up large checks from KohlsAt the conclusion of their four-year commitment, students are confident in their abilities and well prepared for competitive college entry. Ninety-nine percent graduate from high school. (PEOPLE currently serves 18 Milwaukee-area high schools.) Those who apply, are accepted and enroll at the UW-Madison are put on full scholarship. We have had a 92% retention rate compared to 81% for other targeted minority students and 88% for all students. Approximately 70% of PEOPLE students enroll at UW-System schools.

A strong foundation has been built, but there are more students out there with great leadership potential who need an intervention now. Our goal is to expand the pipeline–not just enhance those already there. For more information about how to join our growing list of partners below, please contact the UW Foundation.

Group of People

AT&T Wisconsin was an early partner in the PEOPLE program, providing start-up funding of $600,000 in 1999 and continues to support the program to date. President of AT&T Wisconsin Scott VanderSanden, pictured with former Chancellor John Wiley, has continued to inspire and encourage PEOPLE high school students from Milwaukee with an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Read more about AT&T’s involvement in the program.


AT&T Foundation
AT&T Wisconsin
American Family Insurance Group
Arthur Anderson, LLP
Badger Meter, Inc.
Baptists of America
BP p.l.c. (British Petroleum)
Capital City Hues
CUNA Mutual Group Foundation
Dane County Credit Union
Dorothy Inbusch Foundation
Evan and Marion Helfaer Foundation
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Fleck Foundation
GE Fund
Greater Milwaukee Foundation
Gerald J. and Rosalie E. Kahn Family Foundation
H&M Distributing
Hewlett-Packard Company
Housing Ministries of American Baptists of Wisconsin
Joy Global Foundation
John Deere Foundation
Kelben Foundation
Kimberly Clark Corporation
Lubar Family Foundation
MGIC Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Co.
Northwestern Mutual Foundation
Oscar G. and Elsa S. Mayer Family Foundation
Procter & Gamble Fund
Rockwell Automation
SBC Foundation
U.S. Bank
US Bancorp Foundation
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek
William T. Evjue Foundation
Wiscontrepreneur, Kauffman Foundation


Advertising Services Group
American Family Insurance
Andy Garcia Productions
Atwood Community Center
Bayview Community Center
Berbee Information Networks Corp.
Boys and Girls Club of Dane County (Allied and Taft)
Bridge Lake Point
Candella Solutions
Castro & Guitterez Law Office
Centro Hispano of Dane County
Chiropractic Clinics
Chemistry Department
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, UW-Madison
College of Engineering, UW-Madison
College of Letters and Science, UW-Madison
Computer Science and Information Technology, UW-Madison
CTM Madison Family Theater Company
CUNA Mutual
Department of Health
Department of Transportation
Department of Licensing and Regulation
Health and Fitness Centers
International Academic Studies-Study Abroad
Isthmus Publishing
John Deere Credit, Madison
La Communidad
Law School, UW-Madison
MAC SPorts Center
Madison Cultural Arts Center
Madson Metropolitan School District
Madison Times/td>
Mallatt’s Pharmacy
Meriter Hospital
Neighborhood House Community Center
Nelson Institute-Environmental Studies
PBS Television
Psychology and Counseling Clinics
Restaino-Bunbury Real Estate
Sakowski Consulting LLC
School of Business, UW-Madison
School of Education, UW-Madison
School of Human Ecology, UW-Madison
School of Journalism, UW-Madison
School of Law, UW-Madison
School of Medicine and Public Health, UW-Madison
School of Nursing, UW-Madison
School of Pharmacy, UW-Madison
School of Veterinary Science
Sports Medicine Clinics
State Farm Insurance
Sychotron Labs
Villard & Associates
WB57- TV
Wisconsin Dept. of Commerce
Wisconsin Center for Biological Research
Wisconsin State Journal
Woodland Montessori School
WSUM Radio