An Exciting New Year Ahead for the Milken Scholars Program

Published 07/25/2017 in Program Updates
Written 07/25/2017

We will launch our 2012 nomination process in greater Los Angeles

Following a successful Summit, featuring the contributions of dozens of Scholars and of leaders in public service, the nonprofit world, and in business to help reinforce the theme of Courage to Take on the Next Decade, the Milken Scholars Program is keeping busy this fall and winter, while it is preparing for the selection of the 2012 class to begin.

We will launch our 2012 nomination process in greater Los Angeles at the end of November, contacting nearly 400 high schools.

This year, we are also very excited to ask for nominations from New York City High Schools for the first time in a decade. We will contact schools in all five boroughs beginning in November. Of course, it is where we started and many of our Scholars hail from New York, so we look forward to returning to a familiar place and adding to our already strong New York base of Scholars.

This fall, the Milken Scholars Program will travel across the country for campus tours and Scholar dinners. These visits are a chance for program directors and staff to meet with Scholars in groups and individually to offer support, advice or an empathetic ear.

We will dine in New York, Philadelphia, Princeton, Palo Alto, Berkeley, Los Angeles, and Claremont and take Scholar-guided tours of Harvard, Yale, Rice, USC, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and other campuses.

These visits also provide Scholars an opportunity to maintain contact and support each other throughout the year.

Many times Alumni Scholars take a break from graduate school or their jobs to enjoy the company of Scholars in the midst of their undergraduate careers. As with all aspects of their involvement, the opportunity they provide to share and listen as peers is an invaluable resource.

This year the Milken Scholars Alumni Association will seek to arrange community service activities to coincide with our fall Scholar dinners around the country. In addition, the M.S.A.A. will be visiting high schools in New York, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area to hold college essay writing workshops in October and November.

This December, we will be joining Project Angel Food in their Hollywood kitchen as they prepare meals for homebound people affected with chronic illnesses.

We are joining in the spirit of the season in conjunction with our annual Holiday Dinners, held in both Los Angeles and New York. These will be special evenings where Scholars can gather, reconnect, and discuss the year ahead.

As with all aspects of the Milken Scholars Program, the theme of the visits, community service events, and dinners is the same: fostering Scholar camaraderie and demonstrating leadership in the community around us.