Marquette Announces Urban Scholars Program
Released: April 4, 2006
MILWAUKEE – Marquette University will award 10 full-tuition renewable scholarships annually to economically disadvantaged students, President Robert A. Wild, S.J., announced today.
“Historically, Marquette has been a leader in providing access to higher education,” Wild said. “Marquette was founded in 1881 for the express purpose of educating first-generation immigrants. We were the first Jesuit college or university to admit women, doing so nearly a century ago. The nationwide Educational Opportunity Program was founded here at Marquette almost 40 years ago. This new scholarship program renews our emphasis on being inclusive and modeling a more diverse community.”
The Urban Scholars Program will cover tuition for 10 students from the Milwaukee and Chicago areas through a combination of university funding, federal and state tuition grants and other programs as applicable. “The majority of the funding will come from university resources,” Anne Deahl, associate provost for enrollment management, said. “We live in an urban environment, and we want the students who are our neighbors to have access to an education that will transform their lives.”
Seven scholarships will go to graduates of Milwaukee private and public high schools who demonstrate high financial need. Two of those seven scholarships have specifically been designated for members of the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. Three additional scholarships will go to graduates of Cristo Rey High School in Chicago. Eligible students must meet the university’s admissions standards and demonstrate leadership in curricular and extracurricular activities.
The Urban Scholars Program will phase in beginning in fall 2007. Eventually there will be 40 Urban Scholars on campus, Deahl said.
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