Frequently Asked Questions for Applicants

  1. How much is the Milwaukee's Finest Scholarship?

    • The Milwaukee's Finest Scholarship is a one-time gift of $1,000 per-applicant. Recipients will receive a one-time deposit check of the awarded amount upon proof of enrollment at their accepted college or university.

  2. Is there a GPA requirement?

    • To be considered as a Milwaukee's Finest Scholar, applicants are required to have a 2.5 cumulative GPA. Unofficial high school transcripts must be submitted along with the student's application.

  3. Do I have to be currently enrolled in High School / High School Program to apply?

    • Applicants must be enrolled at an accredited Milwaukee County high school during the submission of their application.

  4. Is this a merit-based or need-based scholarship?

    • Yes. Students who exhibit leadership traits through extra curricular activities will receive higher preference given all requirements are met.

  5. Do I have to qualify for a Federal Pell Grant in order to receive a scholarship?

    • No, Milwaukee’s Finest is a merit-based scholarship.

  6. Do I have to be a resident of Milwaukee County in order to apply?

    • No. However, students must have attended a Milwaukee County High School throughout their high school career.

  7. Do I have to attend a UW program/school in order to apply?

    • Students are not required to attend a UW institution or program in order to apply. Students who wish to attend an out-of-state institution are encouraged to apply.

  8. When will the funds be disbursed to me?

    • Recipients will receive a one-time deposit check for the awarded amount upon proof of enrollment at their college or university. Recipients will have two semesters to provide proof of enrollment before the funds will be forfeited back to the scholarship foundation. Students can decide to send the check to their chosen institution or deposited to them directly.

  9. Is there an age requirement to apply?

    • As long as you are a registered high school senior you can apply for this scholarship.

  10. What is the deadline for the Milwaukee's Finest scholarship?

    • The application deadline for the 2019-2020 school year will be January 3, 2020.

  11. Can I apply for this scholarship before being accept into a college or university?

    • Yes, students who have not been accepted into a college or university at the time of submission are encouraged to apply. If you have been accepted, it is recommended that you attach acceptance letters to your application.

  12. When will I be notified if I received the Milwaukee's Finest Scholarship?

    • The scholarship submission notifications will begin on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 via email or phone call.