USM Announces 2016-2017 Scholarship Recipients

University School of Milwaukee is dedicated to providing an exemplary educational experience for students of all socioeconomic backgrounds. In accordance with our School mission and guiding principles and following a tradition established by our predecessor schools, USM is pleased to maintain a significant scholarship program, providing various levels of financial assistance to qualifying students, and thus enhancing the student community. The School’s Office of Enrollment Management is pleased to work in partnership with prospective and current families to help ensure that a USM education remains affordable.

Many of USM’s scholarship opportunities exist due to the generosity of donors who contributed to the establishment of named, endowed funds that will continue in perpetuity within the School’s Endowment. These 50 names, endowed scholarship funds range in value, with principals of all funds averaging $500,000, and result from directed donations from individuals, families, and entire classes of alumni. The annual income from these funds provides scholarships to qualifying students. In recent years, a number of generous members of the USM community have displayed their commitment to the importance of the accessibility of a USM education through the establishment of several four-year, full-tuition, named scholarships. While some of these newly designated scholarships exist within the Endowment, others are given through the USM Fund, providing current-use opportunities for the School and the student recipients. USM is exceedingly grateful for the thoughtful generosity of these donors and the impact these scholarships have on the recipients, their families, and the entire USM community.

The following scholarships are awarded based on outstanding academic merit, character, extracurricular activities, leadership skills, and community service, and exemplify USM’s commitment to providing an excellent education for qualified students. Additionally, there are particular requirements associated with some of these opportunities. We look forward to welcoming the following students to University School of Milwaukee’s Upper School in 2016-2017. If you are interested in discussing the establishment of an endowed scholarship fund, please contact Maria Stone, Director of Development, at 414.540.3331 or

Gerry Parra Named the 2016 Joe Lubar Scholarship Recipient

University School of Milwaukee is pleased to welcome Gerry Parra ’20 as the 2016 recipient of the Joe Lubar Scholarship. Parra will join USM from the Milwaukee Montessori School, where he excelled as a student-athlete. Parra is a talented track and field athlete who excelled in the long jump, 200m dash, and 400m dash in middle school. Parra is also fluent in Spanish, having mastered the language over several visits with relatives in the Corozal region of Belize. Additionally, Parra was nominated for Student of the Year by the Milwaukee S.T.O.P. (Students Talking it Over with Police) Program for his exceptional leadership skills. As an enthusiastic student at USM, Parra looks forward to bringing his work ethic, athletic prowess, and devotion to family to the School as the 2016 Joe Lubar Scholarship recipient.

The Joe Lubar Scholarship honors the memory of Joe Lubar ’08, whose contributions to the School as a student, citizen, and athlete exemplify the character and traditions of USM.

Anyah Jackson and Ashley Peet Named 2016 Milwaukee College Prep Scholarship Recipients

University School of Milwaukee is pleased to announce Anyah Jackson ’20 and Ashley Peet ’20 as the two 2016 recipients of Milwaukee College Prep (MCP) Scholarships.

Jackson arrives at USM after graduating from MCP’s 36th Street Campus in June. She describes herself as “a young girl with big dreams and strong goals who is learning to be herself through each challenge that comes her way,” and is determined to find success at USM. Jackson established a sterling academic record at MCP and balanced her academic pursuits with extracurricular interests in gymnastics, acting, volunteering, and the violin. She maintained a 4.0 GPA while earning Red Tie status for exceptional character and high grades, and was named Cum Laude for all four quarters of her 8th-grade year. Jackson looks forward to using her strengths and experiences to enhance the USM community and position herself for success in Upper School.

Peet also joins USM after graduating from MCP’s 36th Street Campus, and will bring a 4.0 GPA and her passion for volleyball, track and field, and choir to the Upper School. Peet is described as a student who has always displayed exemplary leadership skills and a strong sense of responsibility, compassion, and kindness to her peers, and a colorful imagination and curiosity that pushes her learning to the next level. She is also known as a “fantastic singer” who looks forward to showcasing her skills as a vocalist to the USM community. Peet is excited to bring her leadership, curiosity, talent, and character to USM as an MCP Scholar.

Based on their interest in providing meaningful educational experiences for students throughout the greater Milwaukee community while generously supporting USM’s scholarship program, several School families provide annual funding for two separate Milwaukee College Prep Scholarships. These two scholarships celebrate the achievements of these talented MCP alumni and recognize the relationship between our
two schools.

Sebastian Banaszak Announced as the 2016 STAR Scholarship Recipient

Sebastian Banaszak ’20 will join the USM community from the Bruce-Guadalupe Community School (BGCS) in Milwaukee as the 2016 STAR Scholarship Recipient. Banaszak is described as “a motivated and hard-working student with an insatiable appetite for learning.” At BGCS, Banaszak earned the highest Measure of Academic Progress ’20 (MAP) score of any student at the school, and has earned a 4.0 GPA. Banaszak also excels on the baseball diamond as a shortstop and pitcher for the North Shore Whitecaps, a select baseball team. He looks forward to being a three-sport athlete at USM and will bring exemplary leadership skills in addition to his athletic abilities to each team for which he will play. Sebastian will join his sister Sophia ’18 at USM, and looks forward to contributing to the School community this fall and beyond.

The STAR Scholarship is offered to a new, incoming minority 9th-grade student who lives in the city of Milwaukee. The donors established the STAR Scholarship to honor two valued members of the USM faculty.

Brianna Pearson Named the 2016 John “J.S.” Stephens Scholarship Recipient

Brianna Pearson ’20 is a current University School of Milwaukee 8th-grade student who has found great success both inside and outside of the classroom. She is described as a confident, kind young woman who is hard-working, self-motivated, and high-achieving. Pearson has made strong impressions on her peers and teachers, who effusively praise her consistency, intellectual curiosity, and maturity as a student and person. She is ready to emerge as an academic leader in the Upper School, and as a huge contributor to the USM community in the years to come as the 2016 recipient of the John “J.S.” Stephens Scholarship.

The donor of the John “J.S.” Stephens Scholarship came to University School of Milwaukee for his senior year of high school and had a wonderful experience with Stephens, a former faculty member, and administrator who served USM and Milwaukee Country Day School for more than 50 years, and also served as his informal mentor. The donor is now one of the top trial lawyers in the country, and he attributes his success to his USM experience, and specifically to Stephens, “an extraordinary man who made a difference in my life and the lives of so many others.” The scholarship annually supports four students at USM and has been awarded since 2007.

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