Morgridge Match supports student scholarships at UW-Madison

$20 million matching gift to UW-Madison from Morgridges
supports student scholarships, faculty excellence

Tashia and John MorgridgeTwo of UW–Madison’s top fundraising priorities received a significant boost in December as donors Tashia and John Morgridge announced a new $20 million gift to the university’s All Ways Forward campaign to support faculty excellence and student scholarships.

“We believe these two priorities align well with our beliefs in what helps make UW–Madison a special place,” said Tashia Morgridge, a graduate of the School of Education who currently serves on the School’s Board of Visitors. “John and I feel strongly that now, more than ever, our faculty and our students need private support to help them reach their goals.”


FACULTY EXCELLENCE: Up to $10 million designated to create a match for new or enhanced endowed funds for faculty fellowships, professorships and chairs.

STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS: Up to $10 million designated for need-based student aid, creating a match for new or enhanced endowed scholarships. This will add to a previous $50 million matching gift that alumni Ab and Nancy Nicholas announced in 2016, which eventually raised $100 million in new support for student scholarships at UW–Madison.

The Morgridges graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1955. John Morgridge went on to become the chairman of Cisco Systems, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of networking hardware and telecommunications equipment. The Morgridges have remained close to UW–Madison and are among its most prominent philanthropists.

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