Photos: MPS grads earn $31+ million in scholarships, topping last year’s total by $7 million

Total unveiled at Friday event; growth comes as MPS focuses on college, career readiness; photo gallery below

MILWAUKEE – 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.

MPS students, Board Director Mark Sain, staff and administrators join district partners to celebrate $31 million in scholarships earned by the MPS Class of 2014!

MPS students, Board Director Mark Sain, staff and administrators join district partners to celebrate $31 million in scholarships earned by the MPS Class of 2014!

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 — $31,457,576 and counting — was unveiled at a June 20 recognition event.

“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 Board’s 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 – 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

 

About Milwaukee Public Schools
Milwaukee Public Schools, Wisconsin’s largest school district, is expanding college and career readiness efforts and continuing to implement innovative reforms that give every student the opportunity to succeed. MPS’ high-quality school options for 3-year-olds to high school seniors feature school climates in which positive behavior is reinforced; certified, highly-trained teachers; 21st-century learning technology for students; and curriculum aligned to the rigorous Common Core State Standards, which set a clear, high bar for the topics students must master at each grade level. MPS’ Class of 2013 earned $24 million in scholarships and the district is home to some of the state’s best high schools according to the Washington Post and U.S. News and World Report. More MPS news is available at http://mpsmke.com/news.