Washington Alumni Association announces largest-ever scholarship class

MILWAUKEE – The Washington High School Alumni Association will present on Friday a record-setting 29 scholarships worth a total of $29,000 to graduating seniors at Milwaukee Public Schools’ Washington High School of Information Technology.

Checks will be presented at around 5 p.m. during the 4-6 p.m. event at the Washington Park Library, 2121 N. Sherman Boulevard, Milwaukee 53208.

The 29 winners are the alumni association’s largest ever scholarship class, more than doubling the number of students awarded scholarships last year.

“We’re excited to have been able to award a record number of scholarships and are very proud of these worthy students,” said Joel Cencius of the Washington High School Alumni board. “We look forward to hearing about their college careers and we are grateful to our alumni donors who help us ensure we can continue supporting our graduates’ college dreams with these scholarships.”

Washington Principal Tonya Adair noted that she had her seniors sign a commitment to graduate. “They signed the commitment and proved to everyone that they are capable of achieving anything!” she said. “Our goal is that students graduate prepared to compete and succeed globally and this class is truly on their way. I believe in our students and I think the Alumni Association for believing in them as well. This group has helped revive the Washington pride!”

“We’re so proud of these 29 young men and women who carry on the great Washington tradition,” MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton said. “Pride in that tradition shows in the commitment on the part of our remarkable Washington alumni. We’re equally proud of them.”

The graduating seniors are headed to colleges and universities across the country including: Clark Atlanta University, Des Moines College, Miles College, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Morehouse College, Tennessee State University, the University of Wisconsin in Madison, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

This past year, the Washington Alumni Association’s commitment included not only the scholarships but also a student bus trip to visit colleges, universities and historic sites in the southern U.S.

Reporters and photographers are invited to attend the event. Please contact Tony Tagliavia, MPS media manager, at (414) 475-8675 if you are interested.

Milwaukee Public Schools is Wisconsin’s largest school district, serving 80,000 students in more than 160 schools across the city. U.S. News and World Report named MPS’ Rufus King International School and Ronald Wilson Reagan College Preparatory High School the two best high schools in the state and among the 200 best in the country in 2012. In the past year, Milwaukee Public Schools posted a growing graduation rate 17 points higher than the rate for 2000 and growing math standardized test scores representing 10-point growth in the last six years.