A scholarship to exceptional leaders in Milwaukee

Burke FoundationThe Grace Scholars Program, generously funded by the Burke Foundation, covers 85 percent of tuition for four years for incoming freshmen from the  city of Milwaukee who demonstrate leadership skills and have financial need. The program provides young women leaders with academic, personal, and financial support as they create their future and fulfill their dreams at Mount Mary University. Each year, only 30 students are selected to be part of the program.

Thank you to our donors: Burke Foundation, We Energies Foundation, Ralph Evinrude Foundation, and U.S. Bank Foundation.

Community organizations you know support our students

In support of our continued partnerships with community-based organizations in Milwaukee, the following organizations will receive one guaranteed spot within the 19-20 Grace Scholars Program (student must be enrolled in pre-college program and/or high school, meet Grace Scholars selection requirements, and be accepted to the University to qualify).  Final decisions are determined by the Grace Scholars Program Director. Organizations include: Boys and Girls Club, Carmen High School, College Possible, Cristo Rey High School, Divine Savior Holy Angels High School, Milwaukee Academy of Science, Notre Dame School of Milwaukee Graduate Support Program, PEARLS for Teen Girls, and St. Joan Antida High School. 

Benefits of Being a Grace Scholar

  • The Grace Scholars award, in conjunction with federal and state financial aid, covers 85 percent of tuition annually for up to four years.
  • Grace Scholars are encouraged to live on campus in Caroline Hall. To make this possible, Mount Mary offers Grace Scholars a generous Residential Grant if they choose to live on campus.
  • Grace Scholars attend a six-week Summer Bridge Program before their first semester at Mount Mary. This program helps students develop skills for success in and outside of the classroom, and helps them transition to college. Students will earn up to 4 college credits during the Summer Bridge Program.

Grace Scholars Program Eligibility*

(Prior to submitting your Grace scholarship application, please contact your Admission Counselor to confirm your initial eligibility.) To be eligible for the Grace Scholars Program, students must:

  • be a resident of the City of Milwaukee
  • demonstrate financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 
  • demonstrate leadership experience through curricular and extracurricular activities
  • be under 21 years old
  • be a first-time college student
  • be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • not be enrolled in Mount Mary's Nursing 1-2-1 program

How to Apply for the Grace Scholars Program

Deadline: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 (4:30 p.m.)

1. Apply to Mount Mary and be accepted for the 2019-2020 academic year.

2. Online Application: Eligible applicants should complete the online application, provided through a link included in their invitation to apply. Any student who is eligible for the Grace scholarship will be sent this invitation through mail and email after they have been accepted to Mount Mary.

3. Submit a brief statement (approximately one page) addressing the following two questions:

  • What in your life has made you strong? 
  • How have you significantly influenced others, helped resolve disputes, contributed to group efforts or in some other way demonstrated that you are a leader? Give specific examples of your leadership experience.

4. Complete your 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • Each applicant must file the 2019-2020 FAFSA by the application deadline to be considered for the program. Students are encouraged to file their FAFSA beginning October 1, 2018.  Mount Mary University's priority deadline is December 1, 2018.

5. Complete an on-campus interview. As part of the application process, select finalists will be invited to an on-campus interview for one of the 30 Grace Scholarships. Applicants to the Grace Scholars Program must be accepted to Mount Mary University at least two weeks prior to the interview date.

Contact the Admission Office with Questions

Contact your admission counselor or the Mount Mary University Admission Office with any questions regarding the Grace Scholars Program.

Students Smiling

The Grace Scholars program has given me a new meaning to family. For strangers to come together over the summer and support each other consistently throughout our college career is very satisfying. The Grace Scholars program always makes sure I feel like I am not alone.

Erica Marion