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Supporting WCTC Students

The WCTC Foundation was established in 1977 with a clear mission: to secure charitable resources to help our students achieve their educational goals. WCTC and its Foundation work together to foster lifelong learning and workforce development in our community through creativity, enthusiasm and collaboration. All gifts donated to this registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit are tax deductible.

Donations have totaled more than $30 million, with more than 20,000 gifts received. Millions of dollars in scholarships have been awarded to thousands of students, all thanks to our generous donors.

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Use our convenient online form to make your donation. 100% of your donation supports WCTC students!

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Donate to the WCTC Foundation

Your generosity and charitable contributions allow us to provide quality education for our students at WCTC. Thanks to the WCTC Foundation’s tax exempt 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS, all gifts are tax deductible. Your donation supports:

  • Scholarships: Our Foundation is proud to award more than $250,000 each year in scholarships to WCTC students to help pay for tuition, books and other school-related expenses.
  • Technology and Equipment: Your donations help us keep our classrooms and equipment on the cutting edge so that students can learn in a dynamic environment with the latest technology.
  • Academic Programs: WCTC offers more than 150 programs for students. Your donations help us keep up with instructional needs across the board.

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Use our convenient, secure checkout to donate online. You can support high-need areas like our Campus Cupboard, scholarships, emergency funding and more. 100% of your donation supports WCTC students!

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Send a Check

Make checks payable to “WCTC Foundation, Inc.” and include on the memo line where to designate the gift. Send checks to:

WCTC Foundation, Inc.
College Center, C-209
800 Main St.
Pewaukee, WI 53072

Please do not send cash through the mail. Cash gifts can be donated in person at the office address listed above.

In-Kind Gifts

Each year, in-kind gifts of equipment and services help us enhance our students’ experiences. These meaningful gifts may include:

  • New products and inventory
  • Production equipment
  • Buildings and land
  • Raw materials
  • Machinery and tooling
  • Office furniture and equipment
  • Vehicles
  • Services

If you have any usable item you’d like to donate to WCTC, please fill out our In-Kind Donation Form.

Planned and Legacy Gifts

Formally opened in 1923, WCTC provides accessible career and technical education to strengthen our community through lifelong learning. The College was created on the concept of “building the future together.” The first board minutes for the College authorized the purchase of materials to build 20 manual training benches and 20 mechanical drawing benches for the students.  The next directive was that these same items were to be constructed by the students in their first projects so that the class could be offered to more students.

You can continue this “building” through an estate or retirement planned gift. Please contact the WCTC Foundation for further information.

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An endowment with the WCTC Foundation is an excellent tool for making a perpetual scholarship gift. With an investment of $10,000, you can establish a named endowment to benefit a specific category of students or a field of study of your choice. Gift commitments may be completed over a five-year period. WCTC awards scholarships beginning the semester after the $10,000 goal is reached.

Named Scholarships

Named scholarships are established to recognize a particular individual or organization. You may design the purpose of the scholarship. Honorary and memorial scholarships usually define a field of interest related to your motivation. All named scholarships are promoted to students with information about the source of funding and purpose of the scholarship.

Advised Funds

An advised fund is used to support specific programs of a department or division and/or the support of WCTC students. You may restrict your gift to student assistance, staff development, materials, equipment, supplies and more.

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Planned Gifts

A legacy or planned gift will benefit students for years to come. Estate planning professionals and WCTC Foundation staff can help determine the most effective way to design your legacy gift. This type of gift can be accomplished through:

  • Wills
  • Charitable remainder trusts
  • Charitable lead trusts
  • Charitable and deferred gift annuities
  • Gift of life insurance

When you choose to make a planned gift, you become a member of the 1923 Legacy Club and invest in the future of WCTC. A planned gift allows you to create a vision for your support while meeting both your financial and philanthropic needs.


A charitable bequest offers a way to support WCTC in a continued legacy. Memorial gifts and charitable bequests are lasting methods of supporting and enhancing the quality of education for students. Making a charitable bequest is not only a sign of good stewardship, it is also a mark of thoughtful estate planning, and the bequest becomes an enduring gift to technical education and its students.

Suggested Wording for Bequests to the WCTC Foundation

The following are suggested wordings for directing gifts by bequests to the WCTC Foundation. They are only to be used as a guideline, and we strongly recommend that you consult an attorney to prepare your will and to supervise its execution to comply with specific state laws.

General wording: I give to the WCTC Foundation, Inc., Pewaukee, Wis., the sum of $ _ (or the following described property; or the rest, residue, and remainder, or percentage of my estate) to be used by the WCTC Foundation, Inc., to benefit Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC).

Scholarship fund wording: I give to the WCTC Foundation, Inc., Pewaukee, Wis., the sum of $ _ (or the following described property; or the rest, residue, and remainder, or percentage of my estate) to be used to establish the (name) Scholarship Fund, for the purpose of annually providing one or more scholarships to deserving students who are enrolled at Waukesha County Technical College, in accordance with the decisions and judgment of the WCTC Scholarship Committee or its successor agency as directed by the WCTC Foundation, Inc.

More to Know

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Foundation Leadership

Executive Director

  • Robyn Ludtke

Board of Directors

  • Peggy Bealhen
  • Richard Brandt
  • Anita Rodriguez Cordero
  • Eric Delzer
  • Nick Dillon
  • Michael Hostad
  • Jan Lennon
  • Mary Manning
  • Tammy McCormack
  • Sandy McGee
  • Dan Nolde
  • Manuel Santos
  • Dan Wolfgram


  • Sandy McGee, Chairperson
  • Tammy McCormack, Vice Chairperson
  • Mary Manning, Treasurer
  • Philip Kubow, Secretary

Ex-Officio Members

  • Dr. Richard Barnhouse, WCTC President
  • Brian Baumgartner, District Board Liaison
  • Jane Kittel, WCTC Vice President-Finance
  • Michael Shiels, WCTC Staff Representative
  • Dawn Voigt, WCTC Staff Representative
  • Edward Wierzbicki, WCTC Staff Representative
Foundation Annual Reports