The Burke Foundation and Marquette University are pleased to offer the Burke Scholarship Program. This scholarship was created through the generosity of the late Richard A. Burke, a 1956 graduate of the College of Business Administration and the founder of Trek Corp. The Burke Scholarship is a four-year program for first-year, full-time undergraduate students who have a passion for social justice and a commitment to serve others. This full-tuition scholarship is awarded annually to 10 academically talented Wisconsin high school seniors who exhibit leadership, have demonstrated exceptional commitment to community, and aspire to pursue careers that benefit the public good. Scholarship recipients may also receive a stipend for living expenses based on their financial need.
The Burke Scholarship is an intensive program that links academics, career goals, and engagement with the community in order to deepen scholars’ abilities as change-makers and active citizens. A significant part of the program is the commitment to serve 10 hours of community service per week during each academic semester (equal to 300 hours of community service per academic year). Additionally, the program includes weekly seminars, leadership development, peer and staff support, and extracurricular activities that are immersed in the Milwaukee community and the spirit of Jesuit education.
The full-tuition scholarship and need-based stipend are renewable each year of the recipient’s four-year (eight-semester) undergraduate program provided the recipient maintains good academic standing, meets program requirements, and lives on campus for the first two years. For additional program details about this award, review the applicable Award Information Guide, available from the Office of Student Financial Aid at marquette.edu/financialaid.
- Full tuition
- Eligibility for and the amount of the stipend depends upon student need
- Wisconsin high school senior or entering first-year student following a service gap year
- Demonstrated commitment to social justice and community service through leadership, volunteerism, career goals, and a passion to make a difference
- Demonstrated academic excellence through high GPA, ACT/SAT and application materials. Applicants applying under the test optional policy are eligible and will be given equal consideration.
The Application for Scholarships and Scholars Programs can be found at this link.
Before submitting the application, please review the instructions, found here.