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Living Legacy Helps First-Generation Students

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh alumni Russ and Jean Hutchison feel passionately about giving a future student the same kind of opportunity they had in attending UW Oshkosh. They created the Hutchison First in the Family Scholarship, which will-after they are gone-provide financial assistance to first-generation college students.
Living Legacy Helps First-Generation Students

Russ '64 and Jean (Kajfosz) '64 Hutchison at a signing ceremony with Chancellor Wells.

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh alumni Russ and Jean Hutchison feel passionately about giving a future student the same kind of opportunity they had in attending UW Oshkosh.

"Boy, if you can get through college and get through it without much debt, that's a tremendous head start in the next phase of your life," said Russ Hutchison '64.

Recently, Russ and Jean, of Waukesha, really began to think about what their education-and their subsequent life experiences-meant to them. After much thought and consideration, they created the Hutchison First in the Family Scholarship, which will-after they are gone-provide financial assistance to first-generation college students pursuing an undergraduate degree in the College of Education and Human Services at UW Oshkosh. The scholarship was developed as part of their estate plans.

"These kinds of decisions evolve slowly over time, they don't just jump into your head one day," Hutchison said. "We hope this scholarship allows a student to go to college who probably wouldn't get there without it. It's tuition, books and fees."

Both Jean and Russ were first-generation college students. They met at UW Oshkosh where they both studied mathematics and they both firmly believe their degrees helped move them forward and paved the way for the rest of their lives. Throughout their careers, Jean taught math and English at various levels, and later taught hand weaving-one of her passions. Russ had several career pursuits including engineering and law, and as a trade association department director.

Those members are recognized within the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center on a legacy donor wall, as well as through the Foundation's website and planned giving publications.

Leave a Legacy

If you would like more information on how you can make a planned gift supporting UW Oshkosh, please contact the UW Oshkosh Foundation at (920) 424-2178 or plannedgiving@uwosh.edu.

by Smith, Rebecca last modified Oct 03, 2017 11:01 AM

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