Marquette University Receives $7 Million for 2 Scholarship Programs
Graduate and undergraduate scholarship programs at Marquette University received a new boost after receiving a multimillion commitment from a non-profit.
According to a release issued by the school, Burke Foundation is donating $7 million towards the Trinity Fellows program for graduate students and the Burke Scholars program for undergraduates. Trek Corp. owner Richard A. Burke founded both the programs.
“When we look at our model students who serve as women and men for and with others, we look no further than our Burke scholars and our Trinity fellows,” said Marquette President Michael R. Lovell.
In its 25th year, the Burke scholars program, which covers four-year, full-tuition scholarships at Marquette, is awarded annually to up to 10 academically talented Wisconsin high school seniors who must maintain a 3.0 GPA and volunteer at least 300 hours of meaningful service every academic year.
The program has produced 145 alumni who have conducted more than 177,000 hours of community service and served at more than 90 community organizations in Milwaukee since the program began.
“We are both encouraged and inspired by Marquette University’s commitment and passion in fostering the next generation of leaders for social justice in Milwaukee,” said Tina Quealy, the foundation’s executive director.
While the Trinity Fellows program was created for graduate students to develop urban leaders with a commitment to social and economic justice.
Apart from academic performance, the scholars work in nonprofit Milwaukee organizations for 18 hours per week during the academic year and 40 hours per week during the summer.