John D. Arndtestablished the Arndt Family Scholarship fund because he believes education is the solution to all the world's problems. The Arndt Fund provides University of Wisconsin- Madison undergraduate scholarships to deserving students who are in need of financial assistance; a priority is given to the visually impaired and students of color. This fund provides the largest number of needs based scholarship by an independent donor at the University of Wisconsin- Madison.
Mr. Arndt has resided in the state of Georgia since 1960 but he has not forgotten his Wisconsin roots. Born in Wauwatosa and raised by Anna K. and Arthur Arndt, his parents made their livelihood by running a small greenhouse. The senior Arndt's depended upon their boys (Paul, Harold and John) to help keep their small business solvent during the lean years of the Great Depression. A parental expectation for the Arndt boys was to roll up their sleeves and work hard. The early developmental experiences in the greenhouse imparted upon Mr. Arndt that determination, hard work and perseverance were the key ingredients to attain his academic goals. Yet, despite this work ethic he still remembers the struggle involved to get his accounting degree from the UW. Not able to rely upon monetary assistance from home, Mr. Arndt met financial obligations by working for Red Dot Foods- Madison. However, at the start of his senior year he was given a special gift; the gift was a full tuition scholarship funded by an anonymous donor. This act of kindness left a lasting impression. It instilled upon Mr. Arndt the importance to give to those in pursuit of higher education, to provide people of merit the means to excel academically, and the financial means for an individual to reach his/her highest potential. The Arndt Fund also supports individuals in the professional realm. Through the establishment of the Anna K. Arndt Professorship, junior faculties in the UW Anesthesiology Department are provided resources to explore innovative projects as a method to improve clinical medicine. The following is a biographical descriptor stating the intent for establishing the Anna K. Arndt Professorship.
UW Foundation Donor Biography Name: John D. Arndt Fund Name: Anna K. Arndt Professorship UW- Madison Degree: BBA- Accounting Other academic Degrees: JD Emory University Atlanta GA