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Deadline for PEOPLE applications extended to March 15, 2019

The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Precollege Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence, known as PEOPLE, has extended the deadline for applications to March 15, 2019. Eighth graders are eligible to apply. Upon enrollment in this program, which is available in 17 MPS high schools, each student is assigned a precollege advisor and receives support through all four years of high school. Students also get help for the college application process. Those who are accepted at UW–Madison may be eligible for a four-year tuition scholarship and support services from the PEOPLE College Scholars Program.

The PEOPLE initiative recently expanded in Milwaukee, including a new office at Milwaukee Public Schools Rufus King Middle School. PEOPLE started 20 years ago with 66 high school students from Milwaukee. It has graduated 526 students, of which 253 attended Milwaukee Public Schools. The PEOPLE journey prepares first-generation and low-income students to be ready for college, apply for admission, and enroll at UW System institutions, with an emphasis on UW–Madison.

The PEOPLE office at Rufus King International Middle School is located at 121 E. Hadley St. in Milwaukee. Materials may be dropped off at this location during regular school hours.

For questions or assistance, call 608-262-7415 or email

To find out more, visit the PEOPLE website or watch a short video. 



Staff: In order to view this video while on the MPS network, you will need to visit this link AND login to YouTube (using your MPS Google account) in order to have unrestricted YouTube access.  This can be done by logging in near the top right corner of the YouTube landing page. If you have questions on accessing your MPS Google account, please contact Tech Support at 414-438-3400.

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