Sponsor-A-Scholar Students Learn
Important Networking Skills
at Associated Bank Event
Over 180 Sponsor-A-Scholar students attended Associated Bank‘s “Bank on Your Future: An Interview Meet Up Event” held April 20 at Milwaukee Area Technical Collage (MATC). Students were given the opportunity to hear from our community’s leaders about the importance of developing their professional skills, followed by a practice interview to put their new skills to the test, and wrapped up with a resume review session.
Volunteers from organizations across the Metropolitan Milwaukee area, including some Sponsor-A-Scholar mentors, guided students through mock interviews, gave essential advice about branding oneself and talked about their experiences in a professional setting. Additionally, students attended workshops focused on financial literacy, personal brands, and got first-hand advice from Sponsor-A-Scholar alumni who have graduated college and are entering the job market.
The highlight of the event came when students got to not only meet Jerel Worthy, defensive end for the Green Bay Packers but were given a presentation by Aaron Rodgers, quarterback for the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers emphasized the importance for students to be focused in school and to be careful about what they post on social media networks. Each student walked away with information and encouragement on how to improve their professional skills in college and in life!
Sponsor-A-Scholar Service Project Collects Over 80 Pounds of Trash
from Washington Park!
This past May a group of Sponsor-A-Scholar students worked with the Urban Ecology Center to clean up Washington Park. Students worked together for two hours and collected over 80 pounds of garbage! Students not only learned how to weigh the trash themselves but they also learned more about the Urban Ecology Center and all the great services they offer the community. It was a little rainy and cold for a May afternoon but the students stayed committed and had a little fun, too!
Sponsor-A-Scholar Inducts the Class of 2016
On April 6, Sponsor-A-Scholar inducted its 18th class of freshman. Welcomed into the Sponsor-A-Scholar family as the graduating class of 2016, were 64 freshmen students from five Milwaukee Public Schools. We are excited they have decided to become part of this program’s inspiring legacy. To date 99 percent of Sponsor-A-Scholar students have graduated high school, 96 percent have pursued post-secondary education and more than 150 scholars have been awarded post-secondary degrees.
At the induction ceremony, Beverly Jackson, high school senior and the Youth of the Year for the Boys and Girls Club of Milwaukee, told the incoming students her story. She told of the long road from induction to her recent decision to attend UW-Lacrosse in the fall and the hard work each student will need to put in to achieve their goals. Giving the invocation was Keonia Stovall, a Sponsor-A-Scholar student (class of 2008), Marquette University graduate, and Sponsor-A-Scholar new class manager (class of 2013 and 2017) She commented on each student’s ability to rise to the occasion and achieve great things. Keonia and Beverly truly exemplify this programs ability to change lives, realize goals, and create sustainable change for the Milwaukee community.
From rising freshman to departing seniors, the ceremony was filled with the essence of Sponsor-A-Scholar and its commitment to helping Milwaukee students achieve their dreams of higher education. The highlight of the ceremony was when each student light a candle and pledges the personal oath each student recites upon entering Sponsor-A-Scholar:
A Pledge to Myself
I pledge to be the best possible me.
No matter how good I am, I know that I can be better.
I pledge to build on the work of yesterday
which will lead me into the rewards of tomorrow.
I pledge to reach for new goals,
new challenges, and new horizons.
I pledge to listen to the beat of my drummer
who leads me onward in search of my dreams.
Today, I pledge to believe in me.
Welcome Class of 2016! We know you will make a wonderful addition to the Sponsor-A-Scholar family and we look forward to watching you succeed!
Sponsor-A-Scholar Graduates Largest Class Yet!
On May 29 Sponsor-A-Scholar welcomed students, parents, mentors, and community members to Marquette University to celebrate the achievement of the Class of 2013. A notable 65 students received awards and recognition for their achievements throughout high school. Mentors, students, and parents all celebrated as they watched the students walk across the stage to receive their certificates and prepare to become part of the Sponsor-A-Scholar legacy as they head off to college in the fall! Additionally, 17 Sponsor-A-Scholar students were recognized as college graduates for the 2013-2014 school year; bringing the Sponsor-A-Scholar Alumni with post-secondary degrees total to over 150!
The students and guests were greeted and congratulated by a host of inspirational community members including YMCA Board Chair Bob Venable, YMCA CEO Bob Yamachika, Denise Calloway from MPS, and Judge Derek Mosley. Karina Ovalle, Sponsor-A-Scholar Class of 2013, and her mentor Alyson Chavez shared their mentoring experience and talked about how their relationship has grown and how much they have learned from each other over the years. Throughout the evening over $35,000 in private scholarships were handed out in addition to the $5,000 each student receives to pursue their post-secondary educational goals.
Program Manager Keonia Stovall and Director of Mentoring Kathy Munson each reminded the students that their journey has only started and that Sponsor-A-Scholar will continue to support them through college, financially as well as through our Collegiate Ambassadors program; a program that pairs Sponsor-A-Scholar college students with incoming Sponsor-A-Scholar college freshman to provide crucial support during this important transition.
Congrats Class of 2013 – high school and college grads!
We can’t wait to see you reach your dreams!
In the class of 2012,
of SAS students graduated high school and
have continued onto postsecondary education.
HISTORY OF SUCCESS
SAS has a
high school graduation rate.
of scholars pursue higher education.
high school graduates