The MKE Scholars program is designed exclusively for students enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, who are affiliated with a Burke Foundation-sponsored program. These programs include College Possible, Boys & Girls Club of Milwaukee, Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, PEARLS for Teen Girls, United Community Center, Nativity Jesuit Academy, Carmen High School of Science & Technology, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, St. Joan Antida High School, and MPS (Milwaukee Public Schools) CACC (College and Career Centers)

Program Benefits:

  1. A scholarship toward Summer Bridge tuition and fees
  2. A renewable scholarship toward tuition for up to four years
  3. Progress towards the completion of the Cultures and Communities Certificate, a distinguishing accomplishment to complement your undergraduate degree
  4. Added support from an Academic Advisor, Success Coach, and Peer Mentor
  5. Opportunities for advanced leadership development through job opportunities or volunteer roles within the UWM (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee) community
  6. Social and educational programs to build a strong peer community

Program Requirements:

  1. Availability for Summer 2022 semester enrollment in the required summer courses starting June 27th through August 19th, 2022
  2. Live on-campus from June 26th-August 20th (with a summer stipend)
  3. Submit Program Agreement by May 2nd but no later than May 16th and UWM Confirmation by priority deadline date of May 2nd              *Agreements and confirmations received after the final deadline date of May 16th, 2022, may not be considered
  4. Complete registration for New Student Orientation (NSO) and New Student Placement Process by June 1st
  5. Actively participate in and complete the Summer Bridge Program which includes up to four (4) credits of General Education Requirements
  6. Meet as directed with your Academic Advisor, Success Coach, and Peer Mentor
  7. Participate in mandated special MKE Scholars events throughout the summer and academic year
  8. Successfully enroll and complete the cohort prescribed Cultures and Communities Certificate courses during the designated time of your academic career at UWM
  9. Permit UWM to share information about your enrollment and progress with your college readiness program staff and the Burke Foundation
  10. Complete & Submit the FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) form. The form can be accessed here: FERPA Student Consent form (can be updated electronically)
  11. Represent the University as a student leader and serve as an ambassador for the MKE Scholars Program

Resources for Future MKE Scholars

The 2022 Program Confirmation can be completed here

2022 MKE Scholars Program Agreement PDF version can be found here

Questions: Ariel Milton-Kern at & Isabella Virrueta at

Please Note: 

Cohort Seven, our upcoming cohort, will only be accepting 40 students for the upcoming 2022/2023 Academic School year. This is different from our previous cohort models and why we encourage all interested students to apply by the priority registration date of Monday May 2nd, 2022. If you have any questions or concerns, please refer to the information above or feel free to reach out to Assistant Director Ariel Milton-Kern (she/her) and Student Success Coach Isabella Virrueta (she/her)