Fifty students who belong to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee will receive full rides to Herzing University through scholarships the school is awarding in honor of its 50th anniversary.
Herzing University, a private nonprofit institution with 11 campuses across eight states, is gifting 50 full-tuition scholarships to Boys & Girls Clubs members over the next five years, which stacks up to about $1 million worth of scholarships.
Herzing University has been “a longtime supporter” of Boys & Girls Clubs, Vincent Lyles, president and chief executive officer of the organization, said in an announcement.
The school, established by former club member Henry Herzing, has previously given out partial scholarships to the organization’s members and volunteers. School president, Renee Herzing, has been part of its board of trustees since 2012.
The new round of scholarships will “transform lives and make a lasting impact” on the community, Lyles added.
Herzing University plans to begin distributing scholarships to students active in the clubs in fall 2015. Scholarships will cover tuition and fees for students working toward associates or bachelor’s degrees. Students will be selected based on criteria such as community involvement, recommendations from Boys & Girls Clubs staff, financial need, grade-point average and an application essay.
“Our goal is to give the gift of education to our city’s future leaders and support the life-changing work of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee,” Herzing said. “We’re commemorating Herzing University’s 50 years by supporting the future careers of 50 students.”
Recipients will be able to attend one of Herzing University’s sites in Brookfield, Kenosha or Madison. They can also take courses through its online campus.
The school’s academic offerings include degree programs in nursing, business, technology, health care, design and public safety.