News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kim Schmelz, Foundation Director
Phone: 608.822.2379
Mail: 1800 Bronson Blvd., Fennimore, WI 53809
Date of Release: September 20, 2017

Southwest Tech Foundation to run 50 Hours of Giving campaign

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The Southwest Tech Foundation is promoting 50 Hours of Giving as part of the college’s 50th Anniversary Celebration.  The 50 Hours of Giving campaign will begin on Thursday, September 21 with a goal of creating 50 new scholarships by the end of the campaign on Saturday, September 23 during the college’s 50th Anniversary Celebration events.

“Financial challenges are one of the biggest factors our students face; for this reason scholarships are the number one fundraising priority of the Southwest Tech Foundation,” said Holly Clendenen, Executive Director of the Southwest Tech Foundation and Real Estate Foundation. “Students come to Southwest Tech to earn a degree to improve their lives and their family’s lives.  During our 50 Hours of Giving campaign every gift – $5, $50 or $500 – will be used to award new scholarships to help students achieve their educational goals.”

The Foundation will kick off the campaign on social media and with an e-mail blast on Thursday. Contributions will be accepted online at or by calling the Southwest Tech Foundation at 608-822-2348 to give a gift over the phone.

Jason Wood, Southwest Tech President, said “As the #1 two-year college in Wisconsin for two years in a row, we have a lot to be proud of.  Raising funds for 50 new scholarships as we celebrate our 50th anniversary would be a remarkable accomplishment, and we invite businesses, alumni and community members to be a part of our success.”

The Southwest Tech Foundation was incorporated in 1980 to identify, solicit, and manage alternative funding sources to support the commitment to excellence of Southwest Wisconsin Technical College. The Foundation is dedicated to providing financial support for Southwest Tech’s programs, students and staff. For more information on how to support scholarships or other support funds, contact the Southwest Tech Foundation at 608.822.2379.


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