Participation in the 2024 Summer Experience is required to receive academic year benefits.

  • Admitted UW-Milwaukee students that have participated in one of the many eligible pre-college programs and schools. Additionally, students participating in SMART START, First Year Forward, Fostering Success are also eligible.
  • If you have been admitted to UWM through the College of General Studies (CGS) First Year Bridge Program or College of General Studies Pre-Engineering Program unfortunately you are not eligible for the MKE Scholars program. 


  • Participation: 
  • One, week-long enrichment program offered at no cost to students. You will choose one of the week-long options. You are to be available for the full week selected. (Capacity: 25 per week slot)
  • June: June 24-27, 2024
  • August: August 12-15, 2024  


  • Facilitation: 
  • In-person ONLY (Summer) , runs Monday through Thursday from 9:30am-3/3:30pm. (This accounts for in-person workshops, lunch time, co-curricular programming, and service/leadership development.)



Participation in the MKE Scholars Summer Experience 2024 is required to receive academic year benefits. This is a non-binding agreement. If you decide not to participate in the MKE Scholars Program, please do not hesitate to notify our staff at any time prior to the start of your chosen 2024 Summer Experience week.

  • Please note that housing and parking will not be provided during your Summer Experience Week. 



The MKE Scholars Program is run by Associate Director, Ariel Milton-Kern and Student Success Coach, Isabella (Isa) Virrueta. Please contact us at  with any questions regarding the program. For more urgent questions or concerns, please contact us directly by email or phone.

With Panther Pride,
Ariel Milton-Kern | Associate Director, MKE Scholars Program |  | 414.251.6043
Isabella Virrueta | Student Success Coach, MKE Scholars Program |  | 414.251.7577

Due to our changing format we will not be providing housing this summer, however we’re happy to provide guidance and support if you are interested in living on-campus.

We will provide necessary materials for the week-long experience. You are welcome to bring your own materials and devices if you so choose.

Scholars will be provide breakfast and lunch all four days of the program. We will also provide additional light snacks. We will also provide water bottles.  

Because this is a one week program, attendance is mandatory. Please review both options to review if one week works better than the other. Please contact the MKE Scholars team if you have more concerns at

No, this is an in-person experience. We will not be recording workshops and the service event is in-person. 

The expectation is that students attend all four days of the Summer Experience. Please plan accordingly. 

You will be engaged Monday through Thursday from 9:30am-3:30pm during your chosen week (June option or August option). 

Students may utilize surface lots, parking garages, and street parking during the summer experience. Please note that you are responsible for following all parking enforcement rules and regulations. We strongly encourage you to carpool if you have a friend who will also be attending the Summer Experience.

You cannot participate in New Student Orientation and the MKE Scholars Summer Experience at the same week. Your one-day New Student Orientation program session is an all day experience; as is every day of the MKE Scholars Summer Experience. Please review the two weeks offered (one in June and one in August), select the week that works best for you, and plan your New Student Orientation date accordingly.