Josephine and kids

"The Odyssey Project was my passport to a higher education, and I will always cherish its blessing. My daughter tells her friends, ‘My mom went to college.’” Support students like Josephine by giving the gift of education today!

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Odyssey Project celebrates 15 years of changing lives for low-income adults

New students

Click here to read a news story about Odyssey celebrating its 15th year.

Congratulations, Odyssey Alumni!


The Odyssey Project sets students on the path to continuing their education, and many students have gone on to earn degrees. Josephine Lorya-Ozulamoi, a refugee from South Sudan, obtained her master's degree at UW-Madison. She says, "Education is everything. It can't be taken away." Read her story here.

Keena Atkinson (Odyssey Class of 2010) graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in psychology. Read her story here and see her story featured on Channel 3 news

Odyssey Junior

Odyssey Jr Page

Our Odyssey Junior program, which is open to children and grandchildren of Odyssey students and alumni, has expanded this year to include over 50 new students. Check out the Oracle Junior for pictures of the children and writing samples from some of the students.

Blackhawk church logoAttic Angels logo
Thanks to many individual donors and to grants from American Girl's Fund for Children, Blackhawk Church, and Attic Angel Association for supporting Odyssey Junior. Your support is making this exciting new program possible!

 Odyssey in the News

Read this Isthmus cover story featuring an Odyssey student and her children who participated in Odyssey Junior

Ave with Emily

Iraqi family overcomes obstacles, stereotypes in Odyssey Project
Saed family

Odyssey Oracle

Oracle cover

Check out our newsletter to see writing from the current Odyssey class.




The UW-Odyssey Project changes lives for adults near the poverty level. Now in its fifteenth year, this inspirational project has empowered more than 400 low-income adults to find their voices and get a jumpstart at earning college degrees they never thought possible. Graduates of the program have journeyed from homelessness to UW-Madison degrees, from incarceration to meaningful work in the community.

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Documentary about UW Odyssey

        See the documentary that aired on
           the BIG TEN NETWORK!

"This film makes me cry and jump for joy every time I watch it," commented one donor.

                CLICK HERE


Odyssey Generational Effect

I am blessed to be in the Odyssey Project. This is my bridge towards breaking a horrible cycle of poverty. Everything that I learn I come back after class and teach my children about. My hope is that they retain this amazing information so that they recognize how amazing they are and how much they are loved. ~Charllienne CottoCharllienne and family

 Odyssey Project Honored with National Award

Award ceremony
Odyssey director Emily Auerbach accepted the Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities in Orlando on Sunday, November 2nd. This award honors "significant contributions to increasing diversity and access in the public higher education community."

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