The Wisconsin Rural Opportunities Foundation has been chosen as this year”s Friend of Short Course. The Wisconsin Rural Opportunities Foundation is the successor organization to the Wisconsin Rural Rehabilitation Corporation and these two organizations have provided more Short Course Scholarships than any other organization. The award was presented to Peter Dwyer of Verona, who represented the foundation”s board at the annual Short Course alumni reunion, held in Madison at Jingles.
Over the past two years the foundation has provided 33 $550 scholarships, and next year will be providing 30 scholarships at $550 each. Short Course director Rick Daluge estimates that the foundation has provided at least $200,000 in support for Wisconsin Short Course students in the past 20 years, and its support began long before that.
Tuition in the Short Course program is about $1,500 per year for an in-state student. Books, room and board can easily push the total to more than $3,500 per year. “Scholarships are crucial in making the program affordable to all students and we salute the Rural Opportunities Foundation for their long-term support of Wisconsin Agriculture and the Short Course program,” Daluge said. In addition to the support provided to Short Course, the organization provides about 30 $1,100 awards annually to students in the degree program. More than 1,500 agricultural students at UW-Madison have benefited from scholarships received from the Wisconsin Rural Opportunities Foundation.
More than 130 students usually enroll in Short Course. Students may choose from 45 agricultural production courses in specialties such as dairy farm management, beef/swine management, farm mechanics, farm service and supply, and crops and soils.