36 Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) participated. Half were in the test group, half in the control group. On November 17, 2011, 2,588 first-time freshmen at the 18 test schools were given the chance to receive up to $12,000 to help pay for college if they met certain academic and attendance requirements:

  • Graduate on time from an eligible MPS high school (by August 31, 2015)
  • Finish with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Have a cumulative attendance record of at least 90%
  • Complete the FAFSA®

At the time the scholarship was introduced, $12,000 was a sufficient amount to cover the tuition for a two-year degree for a Pell Grant recipient.

For details on the design of the research study funded by the Institute for Educational Science, read more here.

As of their 2015 graduation, 1,664 students remained in the district and attended an eligible MPS high school; 445 of them met the program requirements.