Urban Scholars Program

As an urban university, Marquette is committed to educating talented students from its surrounding community. Inspired by this commitment, the university proudly sponsors the Urban Scholars Program, which provides up to five full-tuition awards to students from Milwaukee-area high schools and the Cristo Rey Network. The Urban Scholars Program award goes to students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds who show great academic promise. The award is based on academic merit and demonstrated financial need.

Special consideration is shown for students who are members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, graduates of Cristo Rey Network high schools, graduates of Milwaukee-area high schools and graduates of Nativity Middle School or Notre Dame Middle School.

The award is renewable each year of the recipient’s four-year (eight-semester) undergraduate program, provided that the student remains in good academic standing and files the FAFSA annuallyFor additional program details about this award, review the applicable Award Information Guide, available from the Office of Student Financial Aid at marquette.edu/financialaid. 

Award information

  • Full tuition


  • January 15

Selection guidelines

  • High school seniors from a Cristo Rey Network or Milwaukee-area high school, members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, or a graduate of Nativity Jesuit Middle School or Notre Dame Middle School
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in all college preparatory courses
  • Demonstrated leadership in curricular and extracurricular activities
  • Demonstrated financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or Net Price Calculator

Scholars Programs Application - Due January 15, 2020