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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.
The MPS Foundation is proud to support innovative ideas and best practices in Milwaukee Public Schools through unique funding opportunities.
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Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation, Inc. seeks to fund programs and projects not affordable through public funds to provide enhanced learning opportunities for students, encourage innovative educational programs, and recognize and support teachers.
Learning Journeys are highly-developed, beyond the classroom, learning experiences that connect standards-based classroom instruction for MPS students with real-world learning opportunities at Southeastern Wisconsin’s finest museums, cultural experiences and scientific venues.
Review the descriptions of each scholarship, below.
Our 2018 scholarships are now closed; scholarship applications are under review.
For questions, please contact Ashlie Benson /414.874-5288 or Kelly Rickman/414.874-5292.
The Anderson Family Scholarship is a $5,000 non-renewable award to an MPS graduate with financial need to pursue higher education.
Arts@Large uses the arts to cultivate vibrant, inclusive, and innovative school communities where students excel and grow. This year, Arts@Large is pleased to offer a $1,000 scholarship to a student who is committed to volunteerism and community service.
Bernice K. Rose was born in Alabama and moved to Milwaukee in 1952. She was the first African American woman elected to the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, filling a vacancy in 1977 created by the death of her husband, Clinton E. Rose. She served in that position for 15 years until her retirement in 1992. Mrs. Rose did not have children, but wanted to leave a legacy that improved the lives of young people in the community she served and loved for so long.
The medical staff at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is generously sponsoring a $5,000 scholarship – renewable for up to three additional years – for a Milwaukee Public Schools student interested in entering the health care field.
The Marquette Panhellenic Scholarship will be made available to one future Marquette student each spring. The applicant should exhibit the Panhellenic values of leadership, scholarship, friendship and service in his or her everyday life.
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 2018; scholarships may be renewed for up to three additional years.
The MPS Public Scholars Program was established through generous funding provided by an anonymous donor. It provides scholarship funds for Milwaukee Public Schools students, and supports public education in Milwaukee and the state of Wisconsin.
This scholarship honors Patricia Cadorin, a Vice President at BMO Harris Bank. The scholarship is open to women graduates of Milwaukee Public Schools and includes the opportunity for informal mentoring with Ms. Cadorin.
Robert Simiele was the beloved director of the Milwaukee Tech band, jazz ensemble, and vocal ensemble from 1969 until his retirement in 2000. The Robert Simiele Memorial Scholarship has been established by former Tech music program students, friends, and family of Mr. Simiele in recognition of his life’s work and his influence on his students, which often extended beyond the classroom and is still felt today by many he taught.
The Shirley Kersey Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers has been established by her family to honor Shirley, who was a Speech Pathologist at Milwaukee Public Schools. Shirley was a dedicated teacher for over 30 years, helping countless children.
This scholarship supports Milwaukee Public Schools graduates who live in a single-parent household and have siblings attending a Milwaukee Public School. Scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to meet with Mr. Tabak for informal mentoring.
Alan “Tad” Dugan was a beloved father, husband, son, brother, friend and teacher who was taken too early from those who knew and loved him. Tad’s commitment to education and to helping kids overcome tough circumstances is the guiding vision of this scholarship. The Dugan Family wishes to recognize a special student who possesses the character to keep trying and the will to always be improving.
The Dugan Family also wishes to recognize the critical role a teacher can play in the life of a student. An additional gift may be awarded to an MPS teacher who and/or school that helped inspire learning in the scholarship applicant.
You can make a difference in the lives of MPS students who are continuing their education.
To inquire about creating your own scholarship fund, please call (414) 874-5291.
Mail check and gift form to:
Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation, Inc.
234 W. Galena Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212
The Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation for educational and charitable purposes.