The Milken Scholars Program is always on the go. All across the country and all throughout the year, Milken Scholars demonstrate our program motto: Lifelong Leaders for a Better World. Whether they are in school, or working in their communities or professions, there is always a way to stay connected with each other and with the program.
Last summer, we selected our newest class, and they joined over seventy of their fellow Scholars for the 2010 Annual Retreat: Creativity into Action.
As in every Retreat, these days were packed with fun, camaraderie, and informative sessions designed to (1) prepare students for the school year ahead, (2) professionals for opportunities in the future, and (3) provide every Scholar the benefits that only this diverse, talented, and experienced network could produce.
When the semester starts, our youngest Scholars know their fellow Scholars can be a continual resource because Scholar mentors are at their schools, checking in, and ready to share their knowledge or lend an ear.
During the fall and spring, program staff members rack up the miles to visit Scholars at their schools and host dinners for Scholars to gather together and share their experiences. We make our way across the Eastern seaboard, around the Bay Area, and throughout Southern California to visit such schools as Penn, Dartmouth, Williams, Harvard, MIT, Yale, Princeton, NYU, Columbia, Stanford, Berkeley, UCLA, UC Riverside, Harvey Mudd, and Caltech.
Scholars who are earning advanced degrees, establishing themselves in their professions, or balancing personal life can stay involved with the Milken Scholars Alumni Association (M.S.A.A.)
The M.S.A.A. held events in all four of its regions: Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area this fall. The events ranged from professional development networking, to volunteering at the Faster Cures Conference in Washington D.C., to volunteering with adult English learners to help them with conversational English.
In addition, college essay writing workshops were held by the M.S.A.A at A. Philip Randolph High School in New York City, West Potomac High School in Washington, D.C., and Rosemead High School in Rosemead, California. In all, the M.S.A.A. organized 166 participants for the cause of education.
The Milken Scholars who took part in these workshops brought with them a wealth of college experience gained from nearly every type of university, major, and skill. For many of the students they assisted, it was the first and only time they received personalized feedback before their essays were sent to the college of their dreams.
This winter, the Milken Scholars Program will continue its active pace. Holiday Dinners will be held in Los Angeles and New York City as a way for the Milken Scholars Family to come together and wish each other good tidings for the New Year. The gatherings will be accompanied by the spirit of volunteerism, as we will join Project Angel Food in their Hollywood kitchen as they prepare meals to be delivered for home bound people suffering from chronic illness and disease.
December will also mark the beginning of the journey for our next class. We are very excited to launch our 2011 Selection Process and reach out to schools throughout Greater Los Angeles.
No matter the season, the Milken Scholars Program is always on the go in its mission to foster Lifelong Leaders for a Better World.