A well-known champion for education in Wisconsin, Herb Kohl Philanthropies has done it again. The charitable foundation has made a donation of $110,000 to an emergency fund for students of Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee Area Technical College, and the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. The fund will be available for small grants to students who encounter emergencies that jeopardize their education.
At the college level, an emergency grant can mean the difference between a student staying in school or dropping out. For students living on a very small income, a loss due to a fire, theft, or injury can be devastating, especially when a student is suddenly without a car or laptop computer. Emergency grants, which average in the range of $500 to $900, can resolve sudden situations and keep students on track.
“Even at the high school level, certain emergencies can lead to a student dropping out of school or getting off track for graduation,” said Ericca Pollack, College and Career Center coordinator for MPS. “These emergency grants, which are very small by most standards, can seem like all the money in the world to a high school student experiencing a sudden loss.”
The M3 partnership is grateful to Herb Kohl Philanthropies for its generous response to Milwaukee students that will help countless young adults graduate from high school and college.
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