MILWAUKEE (June 19, 2014) Milwaukee Public Schools Class of 2014 has earned more than $31 million in scholarships, topping last year’s total by about $7 million as the district continues to focus its efforts on preparing all students for college and careers.
The $31-plus million total compares to about $24 million in scholarships for the Class of 2013 and about $17 million for the Class of 2012.
The exact dollar amount will be unveiled at a recognition event this coming Friday, June 20 at 10:30 a.m. at Milwaukee Public Schools Central Services, 5225 W. Vliet Street, Milwaukee 53208. The event will be held outdoors if weather permits; in the event of inclement weather, the event will be held inside the building.
This is the result of a focus on college and career readiness and an incredible amount of hard work by our students, families, teachers, school
counselors, principals, College Access Center staff, and partner organizations including College Possible and Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation, MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton said. Last year, I set a goal of $30 million for this year and we’ve topped it!
Scholarships help make college a reality for students and MPS college and career readiness efforts are aimed at helping students earn scholarships and graduate with the skills needed to succeed.
Those efforts include:
- Comprehensive Literacy and Math/Science plans that align with the Common Core State Standards to set a clear, high bar for the skills students must master
- Securing a GEAR UP grant worth $30 million to strengthen academic preparation and foster an understanding of the pathways to colleges and universities
- Increasing the number of students taking college-level Advanced Placement courses and bringing the College Boards SpringBoard pre-AP program into seven schools
- Expanding International Baccalaureate offerings
- Strengthening high school options
- Opening two College Access Centers to demystify the process of applying to college and get students thinking about higher education, funded by Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation
- Partnering with College Possible Milwaukee, which works to make college admission and success possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support
MPS top-earning schools those whose students earned $1 million or more in scholarships include:
- Rufus King International High School: $8.8 million
- Ronald Reagan College Preparatory IB High School: $7.3 million
- Carmen High School of Science and Technology â€“ South Campus: $3.3 million
- Riverside University High School: $3.2 million
- Milwaukee School of Languages: $1.7 million
- South Division High School: $1.3 million
- Alexander Hamilton High School: $1.2 million
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