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Scholarships for Class of 2017 exceed $62 million

Class of 2017 Scholarship

Today Milwaukee Public Schools announced another record-breaking number of scholarship dollars offered to students. The Class of 2017 received an eye-popping total of $62,742,516* in scholarships, shattering last year's record of $51 million. This is the fifth straight year, dating back to 2012 ($17 million total) that scholarship offers have increased.

"Congratulations to the Class of 2017 for breaking the record for scholarships raised. It takes hard work and determination by our scholarship winners to accomplish what they have done. We know for many, they could not have accomplished such feats without the support of their parents, families, school counselors, teachers and administrators," said Dr. Darienne Driver, Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools.

"We always have more work to do to close the achievement gap here in Milwaukee, but it is rare to have something so tangible, and this shows real progress," Driver said. "This type of work is vital to the success of Milwaukee's future workforce. Growing scholarships and better preparing all students for success in college, career and life is critical to MPS' eight Strategic Objectives, which include Rethinking High Schools."

School counselors are a critical source of support in helping students acquire scholarships. School counseling has strategically implemented new strategies to support students. This year saw the introduction of the Cash for College Campaign coordinated by school counseling, focused on connecting students with scholarships.

The Class of 2017 is the first senior class to participate in GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs). The TEAM GEAR UP grant, a seven-year federal grant worth more than $28 million (including match dollars), is at eight high schools: Audubon, Bay View, Bradley Tech, Hamilton, Madison, Marshall, MHSA and Vincent.

An important component of the TEAM GEAR UP grant is the opportunity for MPS to create and solidify relationships with key business and community partners as well as to establish a pipeline to Wisconsin colleges and universities. Through TEAM GEAR UP, MPS has built strong partnerships with Alverno College, Cardinal Stritch University, Marquette University, Milwaukee Area Technical College, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

As of 1:30 p.m. on June 12th. Number will continue to rise as schools continue to report. 

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Milwaukee Public Schools is committed to accelerating student achievement, building positive relationships between youth and adults and cultivating leadership at all levels. The district’s commitment to improvement continues to show results:

  • 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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