Burke Scholars Program

The Burke Foundation and Marquette University are pleased to offer the Burke Scholarship Program. This scholarship was created through the generosity of the late Richard A. Burke, a 1956 graduate of the College of Business Administration and the founder of Trek Corp. The Burke Scholarship is a four-year program for first-year, full-time undergraduate students who have a passion for social justice and a commitment to serve others. This full-tuition scholarship is awarded annually to 10 academically talented Wisconsin high school seniors who exhibit leadership, have demonstrated exceptional commitment to community, and aspire to pursue careers that benefit the public good. Scholarship recipients may also receive a stipend for living expenses based on their financial need.

The Burke Scholarship is an intensive program that links academics, career goals, and engagement with the community in order to deepen scholars’ abilities as change-makers and active citizens. A significant part of the program is the commitment to serve 10 hours of community service per week during each academic semester (equal to 300 hours of community service per academic year). Additionally, the program includes weekly seminars, leadership development, peer and staff support, and extracurricular activities that are immersed in the Milwaukee community and the spirit of Jesuit education. (To learn more about the program, visit the Burke Scholars website here.)

The full-tuition scholarship and need-based stipend are renewable each year of the recipient’s four-year (eight-semester) undergraduate program provided the recipient maintains good academic standing, meets program requirements, and lives on campus for all four years. For additional program details about this award, review the applicable Award Information Guide, available from the Office of Student Financial Aid at marquette.edu/financialaid


Scholarship Information

Award Amount

  • Full tuition (10 awards available)
  • Eligibility for and the amount of the stipend depends upon student need


  • February 1

Selection Guidelines

  • Wisconsin high school senior or entering first-year student following a service gap year
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and community service through leadership, volunteerism, career goals, and a passion to make a difference
  • Demonstrated academic excellence through high GPA, ACT/SAT and other indicators found in your application. Most finalists have a cumulative unweighted high school GPA of 3.6 or above.  Applicants applying under the test optional policy are eligible to apply and will be given equal consideration.

You must submit your application for admission to Marquette in order to apply for additional scholarships. Once you have applied, you will find the application for Fall 2023 Scholarships and Scholars Programs on your application status page. 

Application Status Page