Your gift to the Master of Genetic Counselor Studies Award Fund will help us fulfill our mission of training competent and compassionate genetic counselors who will be lifelong learners and leaders in the field.

This fund was created to support the genetic counseling master's program. It will provide tuition assistance that will allow students to choose the University of Wisconsin-Madison for their graduate training in genetic counseling.

Genetic counselors help individuals and families sort through critical health issues. In a rapidly expanding field, they play an increasing role in research and public health. The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health’s Master of Genetic Counselor Studies program is committed to preparing genetic counselors who will help families and help shape the future of genomic medicine.

Gifts to the Genetic Counseling Masters Program Award Fund are administered through the University of Wisconsin Foundation, the official fundraising and gift-receiving organization for the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Make a gift online

Training to become a genetic counselor can be an expensive endeavor. Five scholarship funds have been created to help offset some of the expenses of training. Scholarships include:

  • The UW Genetic Counselor Alumni Scholarship for Leadership
  • The Joan Burns Founder's Scholarship
  • The Dr. Raymond Kessel Scholarship in Outreach
  • The Dr. Renata Laxova Scholarship in Patient Advocacy
  • The Dr. Richard Pauli Scholarship in Clinical Research

Read about each in the winter 2012 issue of our newsletter, SNPits (pdf)

Funds from these scholarships are awarded to each new student admitted to the program during their first year.

We all give back to the profession in some manner; please consider giving back through a monetary donation to one of our designated scholarships. The added benefit of donating this summer is that your donation will be matched! You can donate online here at our website or by contacting Jill Watson with the UW Foundation at 608-262-4632 or

On Wisconsin and Forward with the giving!