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PEOPLE program gets students on track for UW–Madison

UW People ProgramThe University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Precollege Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence, known as PEOPLE, is gearing up to accept applications for fall 2021. Milwaukee Public Schools eighth-grade students should apply in early 2021 to take part in this program through all four years of high school. Attend a family information night to learn more! Sessions will be held virtually on the Zoom platform from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. on two dates:

  • February 10, 2021 (link will be posted on the PEOPLE website)

Additionally, an Application Help Night is scheduled for February 26, 2021, from 6:00 to 7:30 P.M. The deadline to apply is March 5, 2021.

PEOPLE started in 1999 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.

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.

To find out more, visit the PEOPLE website or view a flyer.

If you cannot attend and would like information, contact the PEOPLE office at (608) 262-7415.

The PEOPLE application will be open January 25 through March 5, 2021. Questions can be emailed to


Earl Arms, Media Relations Manager

Shahree Douglas, Director Communications & Outreach

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