The MKE Scholars Program is designed to support holistic student success and retention for first-time incoming students to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. This scholarship effort affords students from the city of Milwaukee and Dane County the opportunity to access wrap-around services to transition from high school to college and persist through graduation. Students participate in a for credit summer bridge program, leadership and service development programming, cohort-based coursework, and 1:1 success coaching throughout their time in the program.
First-Year Forward (FYF) is dedicated to supporting the first-year student transition through success coaching, academic skill building, and referrals to campus resources. Incoming students with a high school GPA between 2.6–2.99 are invited to participate.
Funds for Wisconsin Scholars (FFWS)
The Fund for Wisconsin Scholars Program (FFWS) was designed by a private foundation established in 2007 by John & Tashia Morgridge to provide need based grants to graduates of Wisconsin public high schools attending a public university in Wisconsin. Randomly selected awardees are first-year students who demonstrate a financial gap in funding to cover tuition costs determined by their Expected Family Contribution through FAFSA. In addition to scholarship support, students are supported by a team of peer mentors and a success coach to help them navigate their college experience.