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Empower Me Tour assists Milwaukee teens in accessing college

Empower Me Tour visits MilwaukeeHundreds of Milwaukee high school seniors and parents filled the Wisconsin Center on November 1, 2018, to take part in the Empower Me Tour (EMT) hosted by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). EMT is a free, traveling college-and-career-readiness roadshow that provides a platform for high school students to earn on-site scholarships and admission to the nation’s top historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

UNCF is the largest scholarship provider to students of color, awarding $100 million annually in scholarships to more than 10,000 students across the country. Through partnerships with Milwaukee Public Schools; parents; national sponsors Wells Fargo, Target, P&G, and FedEx; and a host of strong local sponsors, EMT offers access to information and recruiters from HBCUs, college prep workshops, dynamic presenters, and award-winning education experts. Students had on-the-spot opportunities to apply for college admission, financial aid, and scholarships including the EMT Merit Scholarship, presented in partnership with Target. By the end of the event, more than $1.5 million in scholarship offers were made to students who attended.

MPS students took advantage of the many opportunities at the event. “I picked Philander Smith College because of my love for HBCUs,” said Milwaukee native Valencia Patton. “I wanted to be immersed in my culture and I appreciate UNCF helping me.” Patton, who admits to family financial struggles, has received multiple UNCF scholarships. Derell Garth, a graduate of Riverside University High School in Milwaukee, also benefited from UNCF scholarships. “I received $3,000 my freshman year and was the first generation in my family to attend college,” adds the 2018 Clark Atlanta University graduate.

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  • More MPS students are taking college-level Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses;
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