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MPS Foundation awards $40,000+ in scholarships to MPS graduates

The Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation awarded more than $40,000 in college scholarships to MPS graduates at a reception Thursday, June 23.

MPS partner Arts @ Large hosted the reception at its Walker’s Point neighborhood Café @ Large.


The Bernice K. Rose Memorial Scholarship was established by Bernice Rose, the first African American woman elected to the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors. Mrs. Rose wanted to leave a legacy that improved the lives of young people in the community she served and loved for so long. Her gift provided four scholarships of $5,000 each to African American graduates of Milwaukee Public Schools.

The Bernice K. Rose Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Knisha Boswell, a Rufus King graduate, who plans to attend UW-Madison and major in biology.

Kinesha Boswell

Photo: Knisha Boswell was at UW-Madison participating in a summer bridge course associated with the PEOPLE program and was unable to attend the event. Knisha was represented by her mother, Michelle (center), and her uncle, Matthew Boswell (left). Carol Wilson (right), Scholarship and Program Coordinator at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation presented the award.

Darnisha Nolan, a Pulaski graduate, plans to attend Mount Mary University and major in fashion design. She also received The Bernice K. Rose Memorial Scholarship.

Darnisja Nolan

Photo: Darnisha Nolan (center) with her mother (left) and Carol Wilson (right).

Deko Mohamud also received The Bernice K. Rose Memorial Scholarship. Deko is a South Division graduate who plans to attend UW-Milwaukee.

Deko Mohammud

Photo: Deko Mohamud (center) is pictured with her sister (left) and Carol Wilson (right).

Another Bernice K. Rose Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Brian Diggs, an Audubon graduate, who plans to attend UW-Whitewater and major in business.

Brian Diggs

Photo: Brian Diggs (center) is pictured here with his mother (second from left), Carol Wilson (second from right) and his father (right).


The Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Medical Staff Scholarship is sponsored by the medical staff at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. The $5,000 scholarship – renewable for up to three additional years – is awarded to an MPS student interested in entering the health care field. The Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Medical Staff Scholarship was awarded to Kristen Ann Leer, a Ronald Reagan graduate who plans to attend the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and major in psychology and biology.

Kristen Ann Leer

Photo: Dr. Thomas Robey, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin medical staff president (left), with Kristen Ann Leer (right).


The MPS Proud Scholarship was established and is completely funded by donations from Milwaukee Public Schools teachers, administrators, and staff. One $5,000 scholarship is available in 2016; scholarships may be renewed for up to three additional years. The MPS Proud Scholarship was awarded to Ger Her, a Riverside graduate who plans to attend MATC and study accounting.

Ger Her

Photo: MPS Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver (second from left) with Ger Her (second from left) and his family.


The MPS Public Scholars Program was established through generous funding provided by an anonymous donor. It provides a $5,000 scholarship, which may be renewed for up to three additional years.

The MPS Public Scholars Scholarship was awarded to Maria Gaytan-Garcia, a Riverside graduate, who plans to attend MATC and study graphic design.

Maria Gaytan-Garcia

Photo: Maria Gaytan-Garcia (center) with her parents.

Maano Mohamed, a Riverside graduate, also received a MPS Public Scholars Scholarship. She plans to attend UW-Milwaukee and study nursing.

Maano Mohamed

Photo: Maano Mohamed (right) with MPS Foundation Executive Director, Ann Terrell (left).


The Patricia Cadorin Women in Leadership Honorary Scholarship honors Patricia Cadorin, a Vice President at BMO Harris Bank. The $1,200 scholarship is open to women graduates of Milwaukee Public Schools and includes the opportunity for informal mentoring with Ms. Cadorin. The Patricia Cadorin Women in Leadership Honorary Scholarship was awarded to Lisa Okuofu, a Pulaski graduate, who plans to attend Marquette University and major in biomedical engineering and mathematics.

Lisa Okhuofu

Photo: Joe Cadorin (left), Ann Terrell, Lisa Okuofu (center) and her parents (right).


The Arts @ Large Scholarship was established to honor a student who is committed to volunteerism and community service. Arts @ Large uses the arts to cultivate vibrant, inclusive, and innovative school communities where students excel and grow. Arts @ Large awarded its $1,000 scholarship to Abigail Thompson, a Milwaukee High School of the Arts graduate, who plans to attend Columbia College in the fall to major in theater & education.

Abigail Thompson.
Photo: Abigail Thompson met with Arts @ Large donors Monday, because she was in Washington D.C. for a youth arts conference the day of the reception.


The Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation, Inc. was organized in 1998 as a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation for educational and charitable purposes. The foundation seeks to raise funds and secure donations from individuals and private-sector organizations to support programs and projects not affordable through public funds to provide enhanced learning opportunities for students in Milwaukee Public Schools.

See more photos from the event on the MPS Foundation's Facebook page.

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  • More MPS students are taking college-level Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses;
  • The MPS Class of 2018 earned $86+ million in scholarships; and
  • MPS is home to seven of the state and nation’s top high schools according to U.S. News and World Report and the Washington Post.

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