Date: February 8th, 2016

Seven Siblings Establish Scholarship Endowment to Honor Their Parents

Dr. Ralph and Madge Day

Dr. Ralph and Madge Day

Dr. Ralph and Madge Day were well-known and highly regarded residents of the Platteville community for more than 55 years.  Dr. Day, who established his veterinary practice in Platteville in 1957, died in April of 2015; Madge passed away 3 years earlier.

Both Dr. Ralph and Madge were born and raised in southwest Wisconsin.  Madge grew up in the Livingston area, graduating from Livingston High School.  Ralph attended Highland High School, graduated from Rewey High School, and completed his undergraduate degree at UW-Platteville.  Subsequently he continued his education at UW-Madison before earning his terminal degree from the Minnesota Veterinary School.  The Days were very active in the Platteville community and were often seen participating in Boy Scouts, United Methodist Church, Platteville Country Club, VFW, and service club activities and attending events at UW-Platteville.  Additionally, Dr. Day served on the board of directors of First National Bank of Platteville including being chairman of the board.

UW-Platteville is an important part of the family’s past, present, and future.  Each of Ralph and Madge’s seven children attended UW-Platteville in addition to many in-laws and multiple grandchildren.  Madge’s mother and aunts were graduates of the Platteville Normal School and several of Ralph & Madge’s siblings attended the university.

Family spokesperson and son Bill Day noted, “I am joined by my sisters – Judy Wilson, Kathy Carey, and Mary Schambow – and my brothers – Steve, Don and Dan – in creating this perpetual scholarship.  We grew up as active participants in this community, often working with our parents as they supported the community.  It is important to share the history of those who built this community and to remember those builders often.  As Platteville High School graduates, we are honored to work with the Community Foundation and the PHS Scholarship Fund to provide the Dr. Ralph and Madge Day Memorial Scholarship, to be given annually to a PHS graduate who will attend UW-Platteville.”

Established in 2010, the PHS Scholarship Fund’s mission is to expand access to post-secondary education for the students of the Platteville School District.  The Fund fulfills this mission primarily by working with the community – its people and businesses – to accumulate monies for scholarships.  Through the generosity of this community the number and value of scholarships has grown substantially for each subsequent class.

The PHS Scholarship Fund is affiliated with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, a tax exempt 501(c)(3) public charity.  For further information or to establish a named scholarship endowment fund, contact PHS Fund Advisory Board Chair Sheila Kelley (608-348-2615 or [email protected]) or CFSW Donor Services Representative Barb Daus (608-778-3344 or [email protected]).