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Madsen Adds to Teacher Scholarship Fund

We're pleased to announce that Dennis Madsen, member of WWU's board of trustees and former CEO of REI, has made a significant contribution of $125,000 to Western. This generous gift includes a $100,000 pledge to the "Inspired for Teaching Excellence Scholarship," a fund which Madsen and his family initiated at Woodring with a cash gift in 2007. 

Dennis Madsen

Western is a family affair for the Madsens. Madsen's daughter Marcie is a graduate of Woodring, and currently is a mathematics teacher. His sister, Donna Harris, is a 1972 Woodring graduate and has enjoyed a long-time career as a classroom teacher. 

Madsen established this endowment to fund scholarships for future teachers who possess a passion for making a difference through teaching in P-12 schools. This endowment is the first of its kind in Washington. 

"Dennis has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to Washington's future with this scholarship endowment," said Francisco Rios, Dean of Woodring College of Education. "He has reaffirmed his belief that teachers can change the world." 

Scholarships from this fund are awarded to incoming freshmen from Washington. The scholarship covers annual tuition and fees and is renewable until graduation with demonstrated excellence in teacher preparation. Madsen has made additional contributions since the fund's inception, which currently supports full tuition and fees for two students. This new pledge will bring the endowment balance to over $350,000, and enable a scholarship for a third student.


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