Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Doris Hanson in 2007

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The scholarship fund was established in 2006 in memory of public servant Doris J. Hanson to support a student dedicated to leadership, community or public service. Hanson, who died in November 2006, was a longtime leader in Wisconsin government. Hanson dedicated her professional life to public service. She served in the cabinets of four Wisconsin governors and was the first woman to head the state Department of Administration.

Hanson was the catalyst for one of the La Follette School's premier outreach activities, the annual Wisconsin Women in Government seminar that the school conducts with the nonprofit organization of the same name. As a member of WWIG's executive council, Hanson helped conceive of the seminar as a way to develop leadership among women working in Wisconsin government. She approached La Follette to see if the school would be interested, and Professor Dennis Dresang and Outreach Director Terry Shelton proceeded to get the series of classes up and running in partnership with the nonprofit organization Wisconsin Women in Government.

More than 35 Wisconsin leaders and residents made contributions to establish the scholarship at the La Follette School in her honor. The fund made its first award in 2010.

Profile of Hanson Scholarship Recipients

Nong applies math skills to public affairs, policy analysis, January 26, 2015, La Follette School News

Frost seeks to share neuroscience implications with policymakers, October 12, 2010, La Follette School News