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The Greater Milwaukee Urban League is pleased to present 10 - $1,000 scholarships to students who not only demonstrate scholarly achievement, but who also believe in service to the community and advocating for equity for all.

To be eligible for consideration for this award, an applicant must:

  • Be a Milwaukee County college-bound high school senior or early graduating Junior who will graduate in May or
    June 2024.

  • Show evidence [i.e., acceptance letters] or plans for full-time enrollment in a two or four-year college program in the following states: Wisconsin, Alabama or Mississippi.

  • Be able to attend a "Red Carpet Reception on Wednesday, June 12, 2024.

  • ANSWER ONE (1) OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS (Minimum 350 words or 400 words depending on the essay question chosen):

​The opportunity to be selected and participate in an institution of higher education is a privilege and honor that all students do not have, and allows you to:

  • Promote a higher level of critical thinking skills

  • Expand your national and global experiences

  • Provide unique perspectives of people from various cultures and backgrounds

  • Push your intellectual capabilities to impact or enrich not only your life, but others

  • Broaden your perspective(s) on critical issues that will affect you in your future

Take a moment to reflect on the following issues facing your generation:

 

Instructions:

Note: If you are applying for a laptop or scholarship only, select 1 (one) issue, if you are applying for both a scholarship and laptop, you must complete a minimum 400-word essay on two (2) issues listed below.

 

Select one major issue that will affect you the most, or two major issues, and explain why, and what you would do to make an impact in your community or for the global good:

  1. Global warming

  2. Wars – Iraq/Israel, Russia/Ukraine

  3. Loss of Diversity Programming in institutions of higher learning and employment

  4. Women’s rights to abortion 

  5. Restrictions on voting

 

Answers must be a minimum of 400 words, and be specific in your “why” and “how.” (i.e., “Why” this is important to you, and “How” you would address it.)

 

*If you have participated in any of the following youth programs with GMUL, such as Project Ready Mentor, Urban Youth Pathways, Graduate to Employment, Microsoft Certification, or Road Ready Youth Driver’s Education and you will automatically qualify for a laptop.

AWARD TIMELINE:

The following are the key dates to adhere to:

  • Friday, April 19, 2024: Application deadline at 4:00 pm

  • Friday, May 24, 2024: Award notification via email/USPS (Make sure your email/phone number is current!)

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2024 – 6:00 pm: Award presentation at TBD.

  • Please note: All awardees must be in attendance to receive their awards. Failure to attend will result in forfeiture of the award.

  • Note: All applicants must submit the completed application along with the checklist below.

2024 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS CHECKLIST

ALL APPLICANTS (Must submit the checklist below.)

  • Application Form: All areas of the application form must be completed, signed and dated by applicant and their parent(s) or guardian(s).

  • Essay: Please select one of the following questions to answer in a minimum of 350 words: (ESSAY QUESTIONS TBD NOTE FOR EDITING)

  • Recommendation Letters: Two (2) signed letters of recommendation from school administration, teacher or school staff person(s) or from community representatives (for example: clergy, employer, youth group leader, etc.) who can attest to applicant's qualifications for the selected category (1,2, or 3). Letters from family members or friends are not acceptable.

  • Applicant's essay must state essay question as the title/heading and be neatly typed in Arial or Times New Roman, 12-point font, double-spaced, with applicant's name, contact information, high school, and word count in the top right corner of each page. (Minimum 350 words or 400 words depending on the essay question chosen)

  • Official Transcript (if available) emailed or mailed in a Sealed Envelope: All transcripts must include information on applicant's most recent available grade period and reflect a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Only transcripts that are stamped with the high school's official seal.

  • College/University/Military Acceptance Letter

APPLY FOR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP AND LAPTOP AWARD 2024 BELOW

I would like to be considered for the

STUDENT INFORMATION

Ethnicity/ Race (optional)
Have you accepted enrollment to the above-named college(s) or University(ies)
Will you be the first one in your family to attend college?

I attest that all statements and documents in and attached to this application are true and accurate. I understand that inaccurate and misrepresentation of any information, or the inability to show evidence of plans for full-time enrollment in a two-or four-year college program, will make me ineligible for the Scholarship.

Student Signature

I agree and understand that by signing the Electronic Signature Acknowledgment and Consent Form, that all electronic signatures are the legal equivalent of my manual/handwritten signature and I consent to be legally bound to this agreement. I further agree my signature on this document is as valid as if I signed the document in writing. This is to be used in conjunction with the use of electronic signatures on all forms regarding any and all future documentation with a signature requirement, should I elect to have signed electronically.

PARENT/GUARDIAN INFORMATION

Parent or Guardian Signature

I agree and understand that by signing the Electronic Signature Acknowledgment and Consent Form, that all electronic signatures are the legal equivalent of my manual/handwritten signature and I consent to be legally bound to this agreement. I further agree my signature on this document is as valid as if I signed the document in writing. This is to be used in conjunction with the use of electronic signatures on all forms regarding any and all future documentation with a signature requirement, should I elect to have signed electronically.

Parent or Guardian Signature (2)

I agree and understand that by signing the Electronic Signature Acknowledgment and Consent Form, that all electronic signatures are the legal equivalent of my manual/handwritten signature and I consent to be legally bound to this agreement. I further agree my signature on this document is as valid as if I signed the document in writing. This is to be used in conjunction with the use of electronic signatures on all forms regarding any and all future documentation with a signature requirement, should I elect to have signed electronically.

APPLICANT RELEASE FORM

I certify that all information I have provided to the Greater Milwaukee Urban League is true and complete to the best of my knowledge. I give permission for Greater Milwaukee Urban League and the Selection Committee to contact my high school and/or college officials for additional academic information, and any other information related to this application, if necessary. If selected to receive the GMUL Scholarship, I give permission to share information contained in my application with appropriate award donors, the Greater Milwaukee Urban League and the National Urban League and its affiliates. I understand that I must be in attendance at the Greater Milwaukee Urban League's "Red Carpet" event scheduled for Wednesday, June 12, 2024. I understand that failure to attend this event will result in possible forfeiture of my award.

Student Signature

I agree and understand that by signing the Electronic Signature Acknowledgment and Consent Form, that all electronic signatures are the legal equivalent of my manual/handwritten signature and I consent to be legally bound to this agreement. I further agree my signature on this document is as valid as if I signed the document in writing. This is to be used in conjunction with the use of electronic signatures on all forms regarding any and all future documentation with a signature requirement, should I elect to have signed electronically.

Parent or Guardian Signature

I agree and understand that by signing the Electronic Signature Acknowledgment and Consent Form, that all electronic signatures are the legal equivalent of my manual/handwritten signature and I consent to be legally bound to this agreement. I further agree my signature on this document is as valid as if I signed the document in writing. This is to be used in conjunction with the use of electronic signatures on all forms regarding any and all future documentation with a signature requirement, should I elect to have signed electronically.

Parent or Guardian Signature (2)

I agree and understand that by signing the Electronic Signature Acknowledgment and Consent Form, that all electronic signatures are the legal equivalent of my manual/handwritten signature and I consent to be legally bound to this agreement. I further agree my signature on this document is as valid as if I signed the document in writing. This is to be used in conjunction with the use of electronic signatures on all forms regarding any and all future documentation with a signature requirement, should I elect to have signed electronically.

Please note: Masks are optional! Each attendee will have two guest seats. Further details of the event will be provided in a separate document or emailed upon notification of the award.

* All award winners will be required to sign a Media Release Form.

SELECTION COMMITTEE AND PROCESS

The Greater Milwaukee Urban League has an outstanding group of community volunteers and company associates who make up the Review Committee for all applications. All members share a passion for the post-secondary success of youth in the community. Additionally, each committee member commits to equality and fairness in the review of applications and selecting finalists who best fit the Award criteria.

Each member of the Review Committee will be assigned applications for reviewing and scoring. Applicants with the highest scores will be awarded one of 10 - $1,000.00 Greater Milwaukee Urban League Scholarships.

Decisions of the Award Committee are final.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

Applicants for the Greater Milwaukee Urban League Scholarships will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  1. Submission of the full application with the checklist.

  2. Recommendation Letters: Two (2) signed letters of recommendation from a teacher or school staff persons) or from community representatives (for example: clergy, employer, youth group leader, etc.) who can attest to applicant's qualifications for the selected category (1, 2, or 3.) Letters written by family members or friends are not acceptable. 

  3. Official Transcript (required) All transcripts must include information on applicant's most recent available grade period and reflect a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Only transcripts that are stamped with the high school's official seal and submitted via application upload.

  4. Essay question: Clarity, grammar, punctuation, organization, depth of content and compassion displayed in the essay question - will account for the bulk of the scoring.

  5. College acceptance letter.

All materials submitted with this application become the property of the Greater Milwaukee Urban League

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PHOTO RELEASE FORM

I hearby grant Greater Milwaukee Urban League permission to use my digital image, along with my first name, reference to my alma mater, and additional relevant information in any and all ofits advertisements, publications, promotional materials and online platforms, without payment or any other consideration.

I understand and agree that these images will become the property of Greater Milwaukee Urban League and will not be returned.

I hearby irrevocably authorize Greater Milwaukee Urban League to edit, alter, copy, exhibit, publish, or distribute these images for purposes of publicizing Greater Milwaukee Urban League's programs or for any other lawful purpose related to the work of the Milwaukee Urban League. In addition, I waive the right toinspect or approve the finished products, including written or electronic copy, wherein my image appears.

Additionally, I waive any right to royalties or other compensation arising or related to the

use of the digital images.

I hereby hold harmless and release and forever discharge Greater Milwaukee Urban League from all claims, demands, and causes of action which I, my heirs, representatives, executor, administrators, or any other person acting on my behalf or on behalf of my estate may have or may have by reason of this authorization.

Student Signature

I agree and understand that by signing the Electronic Signature Acknowledgment and Consent Form, that all electronic signatures are the legal equivalent of my manual/handwritten signature and I consent to be legally bound to this agreement. I further agree my signature on this document is as valid as if I signed the document in writing. This is to be used in conjunction with the use of electronic signatures on all forms regarding any and all future documentation with a signature requirement, should I elect to have signed electronically.

I am 18 years of age I am 18 years of age and am competent to sign this release. I have read this release before signing and I fully understand the contents, meaning, and impact of this release.

Parent or Guardian Signature

I agree and understand that by signing the Electronic Signature Acknowledgment and Consent Form, that all electronic signatures are the legal equivalent of my manual/handwritten signature and I consent to be legally bound to this agreement. I further agree my signature on this document is as valid as if I signed the document in writing. This is to be used in conjunction with the use of electronic signatures on all forms regarding any and all future documentation with a signature requirement, should I elect to have signed electronically.

If the person signing is under age 18, there must be consent by a parent or guardian as follows:

I hereby certify that I am the parent or guardian of named above, and do hereby give my consent without reservation to the foregoing on behalf of this person.

Thanks for applying!

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