Part of the university's All Ways Forward campaign, the gift includes $10 million to match endowment funds for faculty fellowships, professorships, and chairs, and $10 million to match funds given to create new or enhance existing scholarships. The scholarship portion of the gift will add to a previous $50 million matching gift made by UW-Madison alums Ab and Nancy Nicholas in 2015 that eventually raised $100 million for new student scholarships.
Tashia F. Morgridge is a 1955 graduate of the UW School of Education and a retired special education teacher who volunteers to help students with learning disabilities. John Morgridge graduated from the Wisconsin School of Business in 1955 and went on to become president, CEO, and chair of Cisco Systems. The Morgridges, who signed the Giving Pledge in 2010, are responsible for some of the largest gifts in UW history, including $100 million to establish the Morgridge Institute for Research and $32 million to renovate and expand the School of Education building.
"On behalf of all of us in the Badger family, we want to say thank you once again for the continued support and generosity of the Morgridges," said UW–Madison chancellor Rebecca Blank. "Their positive impact on this university will extend for generations to come."
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