The MPS Foundation is proud to offer a number of scholarships to assist students as they pursue their post-high school goals.
2020 scholarships are now open! Read the descriptions below and click the boxes to apply. More scholarships will continue to be released as details are finalized, so please continue to check this page for additional opportunities. All scholarship applications are due on February 26, 2020.
For questions, please contact Kelly Rickman/414.874-5292.
April Swick Memorial Scholarship
April is a beloved daughter, sister, aunt, friend, and proud MPS educator for 28 years who passed away too soon. April’s commitment to education and service provide the guiding vision of this scholarship, which will recognize a special student who possesses the character to keep learning while serving his or her community. The Swick family also wishes to recognize the critical role a teacher can play in the life of a student. To that end, an additional gift may be awarded to an eligible MPS teacher who helped inspire learning in the applicant. Two $3,000 scholarships are available.
Bernice K. Rose Scholarship
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.
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Medical Staff Scholarship
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.
Marquette University Panhellenic Association and Interfraternity Council Scholarship
The Marquette University Panhellenic Association and Interfraternity Council Scholarshipp will be made available to one future Marquette student each spring. The applicant should exhibit the Panhellenic and Interfraternity values of leadership, scholarship, friendship and service in his or her everyday life.
MPS Proud Scholarship
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 2020; scholarships may be renewed for up to three additional years.
MPS Public Scholars
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.
Petrovic Nature and Art Trust Scholarship
This scholarship was made available by Gayle Grubisic Riordan, a Milwaukee artist and nature lover. The trust is named for Ms. Riordan’s grandmother, Matilda Petrovic. Both Gayle and Matilda had an abiding interest in environmental education and wanted to do all they could to encourage people to learn about the environment and to preserve natural habitats. Gayle’s particular interest was helping students from the city of Milwaukee have access to educational programs involving the environment, ecology, native plant habitats, and nature.
Shirley Kersey Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers
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.
Tad Dugan Memorial Scholarship
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.
William O Cory Memorial Scholarship
William "Bill" Cory was a kind and devoted family man and employer with a long career in the outdoor power equipment industry. Early in his career he traveled extensively to hold training sessions for engine mechanics. He worked his way up to become the owner and president of a major small engine distributor. In his own words, he loved "the sound and the smell of a smooth running engine".
The Cory family wishes to award this scholarship to students who share Bill’s interest in engine mechanics and who are motivated to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering, small engine repair, or related fields of study. Bill would be pleased to pass on his legacy to students at his Alma Mater, Washington High School.
NEW! Perdue Family Foundation Scholarship
John & Becky Perdue owned Macromatic Industrial Controls, a successful manufacturing company. In 2019, along with their three daughters, they founded the Perdue Family Foundation. Because all three daughters have bachelor and advanced degrees in various science-related fields, the Foundation believes in the importance of encouraging women to consider a career in these areas. Therefore, the Perdue Family Foundation would like to support a young woman who wants to further her education in a STEM curriculum at a Wisconsin university or college.