Magazine article The New American

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Not once but twice this year, Dennis Frandsen, a successful banker in Wisconsin, offered to pay the college tuition for a group of high-school seniors. This time, the offer was extended to the prospective high-school graduates at Luck Public Schools in Luck, Wisconsin.

CNN reported that the students were informed of the offer by Principal Brad Werner at a September 4 back-to-school assembly. "It was a fun experience for me to share this experience with the seniors and watch their faces and their eyeballs get big," he said.

Born on a dairy farm outside Luck, Frandsen never attended college. Today, he owns several companies in the region, as well as one of Luck's two banks.

Werner was taken aback by Frandsen's kind offer. "He just showed up and set the offer on the table for us. It's almost mind boggling to think that that's just come through, out of the blue, and is an opportunity for our kids," Werner said.

Frandsen and Werner are hopeful that the offer will motivate the students to stay the course and work hard. "It's a unique boost to our student body as a whole, not just our senior class," Werner said.

This is the second time that Frandsen has made this generous offer. Earlier this year, as the 2017-2018 school year neared its end, Frandsen offered to pay for tuition at Pine Technical and Community College in Pine City, Wisconsin, for graduates at Rush City High School. Frandsen was inspired to send students to Pine Technical after he visited the school and was impressed by what it had to offer. …

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