The MPS Foundation is proud to offer a number of scholarships to assist students as they pursue their post-high school goals.  Brief descriptions of our scholarships may be found below.


For more information or to apply, please visit our scholarship application portal by clicking the button below (or cut and paste into your browser's address bar).  Once there, you can view the available scholarships and information about them on the left-hand side of the page or create an account to apply for scholarships through a personalized dashboard. 


For detailed instructions on using the application portal, please click here: Scholarship Applicant Guide


Our scholarship application is currently closed. Scholarship applications for 2022 MPS graduates will be available in January 2022. Please continue to check this page for new information and updates.


For questions, please contact Kelly Rickman Bosh.

Anderson Family Scholarship

The Anderson Family Scholarship is a $5,000 non-renewable award to an MPS graduate with financial need to pursue higher education.


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.

To make a gift to this fund in April's memory, please click below, and use the drop-down menu to select 'April Swick Memorial Scholarship'.


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.

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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.

P&H Legacy Scholarship

In 1884, Alonzo Pawling & Henry Harnischfeger started a company and brand which has employed Milwaukeeans for over 135 years.  P&H products are known for quality, ingenuity, and innovation throughout the world.  This is largely due to the work of talented machinists, welders, and engineers.

Today, the P&H brand falls under the Komatsu umbrella.  Historically, both P&H and Komatsu have demonstrated a strong belief in developing the skills and workforce of the communities in which they operate.  With respect for the past and a look to the future, the Komatsu Mining Corp. Foundation (which originated with Harnischfeger) is proud to offer renewable scholarships to graduating who will pursue data science, industrial, electrical, mechanical and advanced automation engineering,  machining, welding, or other mechanical trades.

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Patricia Cadorin Women in Leadership Honorary Scholarship

This scholarship honors Patricia Cadorin, Vice President, Director of the Office of the CEO at BMO Harris Bank and seeks to empower female graduates of Milwaukee Public Schools.  


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.

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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.


Tabak Family Scholarship

This scholarship supports Milwaukee Public Schools graduates who live in a single-parent household and have siblings attending a Milwaukee Public School. Scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to meet with Mr. Tabak for informal mentoring.

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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.

To make a gift to this fund in honor of the Dugan family, please click below and use the drop-down menu to select 'Tad Dugan Memorial Scholarship'.

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Milwaukee Madison Alumni Academic Scholarship

Milwaukee Madison High School was a special bonding ground for many of Milwaukee’s inner city youth, where lifelong skills and friendships were born, nourished and sown. Through the balance of academia, sports, extra-curricular activities and social clubs, Madison helped prepare its students for higher education and purposeful career paths for meaningful contributions to their respective communities. The 2000-2004 classes formed an especially tight bond through the transition from being a traditional 8 class-a day institution to the more immersive block scheduling system that allowed for a more socially open and blended campus where students from all classes had more access to one another in a cross sectional atmosphere. Through the connectivity of social media, we’ve been able to form a social space for Madison alum to connect, reminisce and consider ways to give back to the Alma Mater that propelled us all. Thereupon, the Madison Alumni Scholarship Fund was born.

Two awards are available; one for a male student, and one for a female student.




Dorothy Ziebell Memorial Scholarship

Dorothy Ziebell was a life-long educator who passed away in April 2020.  To honor her memory, the Mark and Judy Ziebell Charitable Trust will fund education expenses for a student of color pursuing an education degree at either the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee or the University of Wisconsin Whitewater.



Cargile Family Scholarship

The Cargile Institute was a two-story wooden building built shortly after 1889 by black carpenters and artisans. It was one of the first schools for blacks in Monticello (Jasper County), Georgia. In the early 1940s, James and Louella Cargile migrated from Athens, Georgia to Milwaukee. Neither had completed high school, but they worked extremely hard to ensure that their six children would. All six children are proud graduates of Milwaukee Public Schools--four from North Division. The Cargile Family Scholarship honors both the legacy of the Institute and the high value its descendants – past and present – place on education as the most important counterweight to systemic racism.

A $5,000 scholarship is available to four North Division High School graduating seniors of color.  The scholarship must be applied to tuition and is non-renewable.


Kids From Wisconsin Music Scholarship

The Kids From Wisconsin have been providing programming, performances and developing young professional talent for over half a century.


The organization recognizes the changes that have taken place in the communities they have performed for 5 decades. Cuts to public music education and performing arts funding in many communities has had a systemic effect that has lasted for too long, especially in the young future performers and educators of Milwaukee. We are committed to investing in the performing arts future of MPS students.

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Simpson Family Scholars Award

The Simpson Family Scholars Award honors Mary C. Simpson and her son, Dr. Ronald P. Simpson.


Mary C. Simpson, a North Division graduate, loved to read, and understood the power books held and the benefits of reading. Dr. Ronald P. Simpson, Mary’s son, was a proud member of the Milwaukee Public Schools family, serving as principal at five different MPS Schools. His first job, teaching English, was at James Madison High School in 1968. In 1972, Dr. Simpson became the youngest secondary school principal in the history of Milwaukee. In 1982, Dr. Simpson became the principal at North Division High School.


Because of their shared commitment to education, a $500 scholarship is available to two North Division graduates.

To make a gift to support this scholarship, please click below and use the drop-down menu to select 'Simpson Family Scholars'.

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