MPS Class of 2013 receives $17.7 million in scholarships

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Milwaukee Public Schools' Class of 2013 earned over $17.7 million in college scholarships, the district announced on Friday, June 14th, exceeding the total amount of aid earned by last years' graduating class.

The exact number of scholarship aid comes to $17,791,814 - as of May 31, 2013 - and is expected to continue to grow, the district said.

MPS seniors received scholarships from the following institutions: Alverno College, Carroll University, DePaul University, Howard University, Illinois Wesleyan, Marquette University, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Mount Mary College, Stanford University, the United States Military Academy (West Point), the University of Chicago, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Milwaukee and other campuses, Valparaiso University and Yale University.

MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton is particularly pleased with this years' scholarship results.

“This incredible total – $17.7 million – is reflective of the hard work of our students, their families, their teachers, their counselors, their school leaders and staff throughout the district,” Thorton said. “This is a number we expect to grow as we continue to build college and career readiness efforts throughout the district.”