UW-River Falls benefits from thoughtful planning of alumnus Wayne Lafferty

Wayne LaffertyMay 13, 2019 – The University of Wisconsin-River Falls has received a generous gift from the estate of 1958 graduate Wayne Lafferty. 

The generous contribution of more than $437,000 creates a permanent endowment, the Wayne N. Lafferty Scholarship Fund, providing approximately $17,500 annually in scholarship support based on student financial need.

“We are grateful for this generous gift recognizing the need our students have for financial assistance,” said Chancellor Dean Van Galen. “Scholarship support remains a priority for charitable giving at UW-River Falls, helping to ensure our students continued access to a UWRF education.”

Lafferty, of Coronado, Calif., graduated from UW-River Falls with a degree in elementary education. He was a dedicated educator, teaching fourth grade students for more than 30 years. In retirement, Lafferty enjoyed volunteering, traveling and was an advocate for education.

“I understand Wayne spoke fondly of his experience at UWRF and his desire to make a difference in the lives of future UWRF students,” said Assistant Chancellor of University Advancement Rick Foy. “We are fortunate to have alumni like Wayne who benefited first-hand from a UW-River Falls education and who made provisions to leave a lasting legacy at the university.”

For more information, contact Foy at 715-425-4291 or


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