All-In Milwaukee Eligibility & FAQs

All-In Milwaukee Eligibility


The student must be a graduating high school senior (class of 2020) referred by an All-In Milwaukee Pathway Partner. The 2020 All-In Milwaukee Pathway Partners include Boys & Girls Club of Milwaukee, Carmen High Schools of Science and Technology, College Possible Milwaukee, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Academy of Science, MKE Fellows, PEARLS for Teen Girls, United Community Center and University School of Milwaukee scholarship recipients.

ACT Requirement

The student must have a composite ACT score of 19 or higher.

GPA Requirement

The student must have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher.

College / University Requirements

The student has applied and intends to attend Alverno College, Carroll University, Marquette University, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee or UW-Whitewater.

Income Requirements

The student’s family must have a family taxable income of $75,000 or less, low-to-moderate assets, and have financial need with regard to financial aid.

We encourage all students who meet these criteria to apply to become an All-In Milwaukee Scholar. Contact your Pathway Partner for nominations.

Questions? Contact Allison Wagner at

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Will I automatically be disqualified if I do not meet the minimum financial requirement?

Answer: If your family taxable income is at or over $75,000, it will NOT automatically disqualify you from our review process. Instead, our team will request additional financial information after the submission of your application, which will be reviewed by our independent financial review committee.

Question: How can I determine that I’m at or below the $75,000 taxable income requirement?

Answer: This information is reported on your 2018 tax return and not within the student aid report (SAR) generated on the FAFSA. In the financial section of the application, it will specifically ask you for this information and provide instructions to where it is located on your 2018 tax return.

Question: What if I am unable to submit the FAFSA student aid report (SAR)?

Answer: The application will have an alternative financial form available to download under the request for the FAFSA student aid report.
Students who cannot upload the student aid report will be able to download, complete, and upload the alternative financial form as a replacement.

Question: What does it mean to be a referred student from a pathway partner?

Answer: All-In Milwaukee is partnering with pathway partners to promote and refer students for our scholarship opportunity. Each pathway partner has gone through several qualifications to be a partner including but not limited to enrollment numbers, rigorous pedagogy, financial sustainability, and graduation outcomes. New pathway partners are identified through referrals from donor partners and community partners. Students referred by our current pathway partners are eligible to apply.
All-In Milwaukee applicants must be referred by the Boys & Girls Club of Milwaukee, Carmen High Schools of Science and Technology, College Possible Milwaukee, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Academy of Science, MKE Fellows, PEARLS for Teen Girls, United Community Center and University School of Milwaukee scholarship recipients.

Question: Should I work with my high school counselor when applying for this scholarship?

Answer: We strongly recommend that you work with your high school counselor or another trusted adult (e.g. mentor, College Possible coach, etc.) when applying for our scholarship program. Reports and other materials are sent to designated high school counselors and other nonprofit partners each year to ensure that they are well informed about our selection process.

Question: What can I do in advance to be considered for the All-In Milwaukee scholarship?

Answer: If you are a senior, there are several tasks you must complete prior to applying for our scholarship program, including submitting your Student Aid Report (SAR); therefore, you should complete your FAFSA as soon as possible. If you’re unable to submit your SAR, you will need to complete the alternative financial form located in the application.

You will also be requested to submit information about your ACT and GPA; therefore, you will need to ensure that you are taking your exams and maintaining an excellent academic record.

You should start gathering information about your activities in and out of school, work, and awards you have received in addition to making a list of scholarships and colleges to which you have applied.

If you’re a freshman, sophomore, or junior, you can start early! We strongly recommend that you work with your high school counselor, coach, mentor, career center, or other support networks to prepare for your college goals.

Question: How are All-In Milwaukee Scholars selected?

Answer: The overarching goal is to select students who are prepared for college and who will benefit from our unique program. The scholar selection process is robust, multidimensional and wholistic. Selection is based on quantitative as well as qualitative information. To be considered students must meet clear eligibility factors including income level, high school GPA and ACT score. All-In Milwaukee, through the Wallin Education Partners, carefully and equitably considers each student’s complete application including academic performance, service to family and/or community, extracurricular involvement and leadership experience.

Question: How does All-In Milwaukee define service and leadership?

Answer: Through the extended response opportunities and letters of recommendation, we look forward to learning more about how students have shared their time and talents outside of the classroom. Both service and leadership will be assessed. Service is the time and impact spent to better one’s family, school or community. Leadership is the act of motivating and supporting others to make a difference in one’s family, school or community.

Question: What does “low to moderate assets” mean for students to qualify for the program?

Answer: To be eligible for a Wallin Education Partners scholarship, students must have a family taxable income of $75,000 or less with low to moderate assets. Wallin Education Partners determines low to moderate assets by looking at a combination of investments, retirement accounts, and home equity. Our review of low to moderate assets is based on the reportable assets used in the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) formula guide issued each year.

For more information, please view the 2019–2020 EFC Formula.

Question: When is the All-In Milwaukee scholarship application available?

Answer: The 2020 application period opens on Dec 2, 2019 and will end on February 17, 2020. You can start an application in the system after being nominated by your Pathway Partner; however, it will need to be completed and submitted (including recommendation letters) by February 17, 2020 at 11:59 PM.

Question: Am I able to apply if I am planning to receive a GED or High School Equivalency Diploma?

Answer: No, All-In Milwaukee only provides scholarships to high school seniors who receive their high school diploma and will enter college in the fall immediately following graduation.

Question: Who should write All-In Milwaukee letters of recommendation and what should the letters include?

Answer: All-In Milwaukee letters of recommendation should come from teachers, counselors or advisors that know the applicant well. In addition to providing insight into the student’s strengths, this letter is an opportunity for the referrer to share challenges the student might have attending college. One of the highlights of the program is the scholar support program; therefore open and honest observations will help as we get to know the student.
Additional Guidance
– We believe every student is special. Because a list of activities and leadership doesn’t always indicate what makes a student unique, please focus your letter on what makes this student stand out from other students.
– Many students are involved in school and/or community activities. However, there are students who are not able to participate for a variety of reasons. Help us understand any special circumstances that we should consider in our overall evaluation of the student.
– Tell us why you think this student is prepared to successfully transition to college and be ready to succeed in a new, and often more complex environment.

Question: What are the eligibility criteria for the Ramirez Family Foundation?

Answer: Get more information here.

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