Milwaukee Area Technical College has received a $5 million gift to fund full-ride scholarships for students who need technical diplomas and certificates for employment in fields like manufacturing, IT and health care.

The gift comes from Ellen and Joe Checota. Ellen is an artist and Joe is chairman and chief executive officer of Landmark Healthcare Facilities, which develops, owns and manages outpatient buildings around the country.

The gift is contingent on MATC raising two-for-one matching gifts, making the full-funded gift worth $7.5 million. The Checotas will distribute $1 million to MATC for each time $500,000 is raised. Julianna Ebert, current president of the MATC Foundation board, and Frank Daily, have given the first $500,000, releasing $1 million and allowing MATC to use the funding for scholarships this academic year.

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