MPS’ Class of 2013 scholarship total grows to $24 million

Students earn $6 million more than their 2012 classmates

MILWAUKEE – The scholarship total for the seniors of the Milwaukee Public Schools Class of 2013 has grown to about $24 million as of June 30.

The students earned about $6 million more than their Class of 2012 classmates, who earned $17,760,195.

As of the June 30 tally, the MPS Class of 2013 earned a total of $23,956,198 in scholarships, including totals from these schools:

– $8,587,323, Rufus King International School

– $3,169,799, Riverside University High School

– $3,151,050, Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School

– $2,202,507, Milwaukee School of Languages

– $2,095,086, South Division High School 

– $900,643, Alexander Hamilton High School

– $809,065, Harry and Lynde Bradley Trade and Technology School

– $730,994, Milwaukee High School of the Arts

Hundreds of MPS seniors won the scholarships to attend colleges and universities across the country, including Alverno College; Butler University; Carroll University; Columbia University; Dartmouth College; DePaul University; Georgetown University; Howard University; Illinois Wesleyan; Marquette University; Milwaukee School of Engineering; Mount Mary College; Stanford University; the United States Military Academy (West Point), the University of Chicago; the University of Pittsburgh; the University of Wisconsin-Madison; the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Valparaiso University and Yale University.

“We’re setting our sights on an even higher total for the Class of 2014!” MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton said. “This year’s total is a tribute to the hard work of students, families, teachers, counselors, school leaders and staff throughout MPS.”

MPS has already seen the percentage of its students going onto college within a year and a half of graduation grow by eight percentage points over the last five years – and its graduation rate grow by 14 percentage points since the class of 2000.

The district’s college and career readiness efforts include:

– Comprehensive Literacy and Math/Science plans that align with the Common Core State Standards to prepare students to succeed after graduation

– Securing a GEAR UP grant worth $30 million to bolster college and career readiness

– Growing the number of students taking college-level Advanced Placement courses

– Planning for the expansion of International Baccalaureate offerings

– Opening two College Access Centers to demystify the process of applying to college and get students thinking about higher education

– Strengthening high school options

– Bringing the College Board’s SpringBoard pre-AP program into seven schools

Milwaukee Public Schools is Wisconsin’s largest school district, serving more than 78,000 students in more than 160 schools across the city. MPS is home to the Milwaukee region’s two best high schools according to the Washington Post and three of state’s 25 best high schools according to U.S. News and World Report. In the past year, Milwaukee Public Schools posted a growing graduation rate 14 points higher than the rate for 2000. More MPS news is available at http://mpsmke.com/news.