In Support of Higher Education Scholarship…

Rarely does Badger Democracy blog about a non-political topic – in this case, and exception for a very worthy cause.

On Sunday, August 5 there will be a “Honky Tonk” fundraiser for the Andrew T Wallen Memorial Education Foundation. Rarely in this day of cutting support to public higher education does one find a truly progressive education foundation awarding 4-year scholarships – this is one to support. The foundation was named for a graduate of DeForest High School, Andrew Wallen. Andrew died of gastric cancer in 2009 at the age of 42. The organization was formed to carry on and promote a progressive vision of society and education – something Wallen strongly believed, and lived.

From the Foundation’s mission statement:

Our mission is to fund need-based scholarships to deserving individuals and organizations, fostering a community dedicated to a sustainable, just, and peaceful planet. We believe in building a community of scholars, artists, and people who will continually strive to improve their corner of the world-not through the pure creation of wealth and technology-but through improving the health of the planet and society with revolutionary, but yet implementable, ideas through all disciplines. We understand this has broad implications, and support the diversity of people and resources necessary to carry out this mission.

The annual fundraiser will be held from 1-5pm on Sunday, August 5 at Capital Brewery. Featured will be the last chance to hear Wisconsin music legend Pupy Costello and the Big City Honky Tonk live and in-person. Moose and Club Tavern will be back serving food, and there is a great silent auction as well as a 50/50 drawing to conclude the afternoon.

The Foundation’s Facebook page (link) has updated information about scholarship applications and activities.

Previous years’ scholars will be on hand to share their stories and experiences of how they are fulfilling the mission of the Foundation. I’ll be there – hope to see you there as well.

Solidarity!

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