By Holly Chilsen
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point says a surprise donation of $4.3 million will be used to address educational inequities in Wisconsin. The donation is from the estate of Dorothea Harju. Harju was an alumna. It’s the largest individual gift in its 125-year history.
The donation will create the Harju Center for Equity in Education at UW-Stevens Point. It will support rural education and prepare elementary education teachers. This includes 20 scholarships, which will first be available for students enrolling for fall 2020, and those at branch campuses in Wausau and Marshfield who major in elementary education at the main UW-Stevens Point campus.
It will also support diverse and first-generation elementary education teachers. A new release states it will help level the education playing field for Wisconsin children.
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