Urban Scholars


Under the guidance of former Marquette president Rev. Robert A Wild, S.J., the university established the Urban Scholars Programs, which provides 10 annual full-tuition scholarships to low-income and first-generation students.

Three Urban Scholar awards are designated for graduates of Chicago's Cristo Rey High School. One award is designated for a graduate of a high school in the Cristo Rey network (other than Cristo Rey-Chicago). Two awards are designated for students who are members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. Four awards are reserved for students from greater Milwaukee-area high schools, with special consideration for students who graduated from Nativity Middle School or Notre Dame Middle School or who participate in the College Readiness 21 Program.

The Urban Scholars award guarantees that a student's state and Marquette gift assistance cover all tuition costs for each year of the recipient's four-year undergraduate program, provided that the student remain in good academic standing. The award is based on academic merit and demonstrated financial need.

The first Urban Scholars class entered Marquette in fall 2007. Several graduated in May 2011. Since 2007, Urban Scholars have been true citizens of the Marquette, Milwaukee and global communities. Urban Scholars have included researchers, Ronald E. McNair Scholars, Les Aspin Center for Government alumni, members of the Greek community, interns, recipients of trademarks, graduate students, advocates, leaders, resident assistants, orientation staff leaders, step show winners and dean’s list honorees.

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About Urban Scholars

In 2006, Marquette introduced the Urban Scholars program, which offers up to 10 annual, full-tuition renewable scholarships to economically disadvantaged students. Rooted in Marquette's tradition of increasing access to higher education, the scholarship program renews our emphasis on being inclusive and modeling a more diverse community.