MKE Fellows program provides mentors, college scholarships for black men

Posted on Jun 29, 2016

Published June 29, 2016
From the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

MKE Fellows Skyline LogoA record 45 African-American college students have been named MKE Fellows by the Greater Milwaukee Committee for the next academic year. The program provides scholarships and mentorship for the young men, who have demonstrated academic talent.

“No other program like this exists in the country,” said John Daniels Jr., chairman emeritus of the Greater Milwaukee Committee and founder of the MKE Fellows program. “Milwaukee is setting the pace.”

MKE Fellows board member Blaine Gibson said Milwaukee suffers from a “brain drain,” with a lot of talented people leaving the city. “The idea is to show the students it is possible to live their dreams here in their hometown,” added Gibson, vice president at Robert W. Baird & Co.

The first group of six MKE Fellows to complete college graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta in May. The program launched in 2011.

The Greater Milwaukee Committee expanded the program last summer to offer the fellows paid summer internship opportunities to help them pursue a career in the city.

A dozen workplaces provide internships to the 45 fellows. They include Harley-Davidson, Inc., Johnson Controls Inc., Milwaukee Bucks and Quarles & Brady. Daniels said he hopes to recruit 25 workplaces to offer internships next summer.

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