The MKE Fellows is one of the most innovative initiatives in the country designed to provide professional development and work experience to outstanding college students. This initially started with students from Morehouse College but it has now broadened its reach. The criteria for involvement are that a student must be from Wisconsin admitted to a College or University with a goal of pursuing an academic undergraduate degree and be a resident of the metropolitan Milwaukee area. The MKE Fellows provides internships with some of the finest companies in Wisconsin, a series of highly acclaimed professional development workshops with topflight diverse Wisconsin professionals and a series of Lunch & Learns with major companies in Milwaukee.
The Morehouse Scholars Program, now known as the MKE Fellows, began in 2012 when several Milwaukee area business leaders (Cory L. Nettles, Charles A. Harvey, Gary A. "Skip" Poliner, and John W. Daniels, Jr.) and former Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Gregory E. Thornton developed an idea of finding exceptional young African-American men from Milwaukee and providing scholarships, quality summer internships, and other business support for them to attend Morehouse College in Atlanta. The initial funding provided these six exceptional young men with full tuition scholarships to attend Morehouse College with a total dollar amount in excess of $1 million.
Six years later, all six of these original scholars have graduated from Morehouse with honorable distinctions. MKE Fellows is now a thriving community of over 135 young collegiate men, an alumni group of over 20, and countless stories of the success of these young leaders!