Match Offers from Kathryn Richardson, and Cindy and Roger Schaus double impact

Match offers provide increased support for the School of Education

Three long-time supporters of the School of Education have stepped up to double gifts up to $50,000 to the School’s Annual Fund. Kathryn Richardson, and Cindy and Roger Schaus have been inspired to give by their experiences with the School.

Kathryn Richardson, who earned her master’s degree and her Ph.D. from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, says she wants other students to have the opportunity for the same kind of transformational experience she had, especially in her doctoral program.

“I always felt grateful for that experience,” she recalls. “My program opened doors and taught me to think differently.”

Kathryn Richardson, and Cindy and Roger SchausCindy Schaus, who earned her bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Disabilities in 1977, hopes the match will inspire others to give, too.

“We’ve seen what matches can do to encourage people to make a gift,” she says. “It’s important for people to start giving at the level they can. My goal would be to have a lot of younger graduates who may not have a lot of money to be able to make a gift, have it doubled, and make even more of an impact.”

Cindy Schaus serves on the School’s Board of Visitors, and Richardson also served two terms. At board meetings, they learn about the strategy and accomplishments of the School. Roger says those meetings inspire him, too, because Cindy shares what she learns.

“It’s really great that the School of Education embraces its graduates and gets them involved,” he says. “We trust the Dean to spend our donations wisely.”

The goal of the spring campaign is to increase alumni participation at every level, says Betsy Burns, director of development. Donations to the Annual Fund support all areas of the School.

“From my perspective as a special education teacher, supporting research is really important. I graduated well prepared,” says Cindy Schaus. “Educational Practices have improved significantly since then. Many of these improvements have taken place because of research at the University. One of the main reasons I agreed to the match is to allow that research to flourish and to give education researchers the flexibility to investigate great ideas.”

Kathryn was a middle school administrator working full time during her master’s degree. She took time off to pursue her Ph.D. and found that experience even more meaningful, both professionally and personally.

“I remember walking up Bascom Hill and thinking about my grandmother, who had graduated from the School of Education,” she says. Her father also attended UW–Madison. “I just thought I was continuing a terrific legacy and following in their footsteps.”

And Kathryn is grateful for the degree she earned 20 years ago. “Someone before me gave so that I could have that experience,” she says. “I want that experience there for other people. That’s part of the legacy, too.”

“The School of Education is one of my philanthropic priorities, and I was honored to be asked to help with this match,” Kathryn says. “I want to support the outstanding research and the next generation of scholars.”

Cindy and Roger agree. “Being asked to make this kind of gift is humbling,” Cindy says. “I believe it’s important for everyone to think about what they have and what they can share.”

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