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News From LUCES Scholars

This year the United Way received 30 proposals for the Micro Investment Grant totaling $138,805. The committee discussed and deliberated to reach their final funding recommendations before presenting to the United Way of Dane County Board of Directors on May 24, 2022.


LUCES is very excited to announce that we have received a Micro Investment of $5,000 through the United Way Community Engagement Committee.  This micro investment grant will be applied to our scholarship and mentorship programs for scholars. 

LUCES Receives 2022 United Way Micro Investment Grant

Gustavo Velazquez

Biotechnology Faculty - MATC

LUCES Past Mentorship Board Member


I received the LUCES scholarship for the fall semester of 2014. Since then I have greatly advanced in both my educational and professional career. In the Summer of 2014, Gustavo Graduated from the Associates Degree in Biotechnology program, from Madison College. Driven to pursue more education, Gustavo entered the Stem Cell Technologies Certificate program at Madison College. Then in the spring of 2014, Gustavo transferred to UWGB to complete a bachelor’s Degree. In the winter of 2016 Gustavo received his bachelor’s Degree in Applied studies and minored in Human Development. Then in the fall of 2017, Gustavo entered a Biotechnology Master’s Degree program through the University of Maryland. 

I too was a recipient of a LUCES scholarship. After graduating from Madison West High School in 2012, I went on to become a UW Madison Badger and pursued a degree in Biomedical Engineering. After obtaining alumni hood, I went straight to industry and started working full time.

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