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Badger football spring game ticket charge to help UW pharmacy students


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Pharmacy students at UW-Madison will get at least a little help from Badger football fans in paying their tuition debt.

For the third straight year, Wisconsin will charge $5 to see its annual Spring Game. This time, the proceeds will go to the “Great People Scholarship program” in the pharmacy school.

Dean Jeanette Roberts said the program offers financial aid to those in need. She said the UW is committed to training prospective pharmacists regardless of their socio-economic status.

The Pharmacy School is celebrating its 130th anniversary, and the scholarship program started a couple years ago. Athletic director Barry Alvarez said the game generated at least $40,000 in each of the last two years for the UW Nursing School and the Non-Profits’ Center.

Just over 10,000 fans attended last year’s Spring Game – which has become a national trend thanks to ESPN. The cable network has highlighted other schools’ spring games that have practically sold out.

Wisconsin’s event has never been that popular – but by tying it to a charity, UW officials hoped it would generate a least a little more buzz.

Among other things, those at this year’s Spring Game will get their first look at new Badger coach Gary Andersen.