Harley-Davidson Minority Scholarship

The mission of the Harley-Davidson Foundation is to support the communities in which they operate. The foundation reaches out to build healthy, thriving communities by supporting education initiatives and targets the areas of greatest need among underserved populations to enhance the quality of life in our communities.

The Harley-Davidson Foundation is offering a $20,000 scholarship ($2,500 will be awarded each semester for up to eight semesters, provided that the student meets the expectations of the program) to a minority student attending Milwaukee Public High School. The $7,000 in housing support will be distributed $1,750 per semester and may be used during any two academic years (e.g., freshman and junior year) but will only be applied toward university housing charges (a residence hall or university-owned apartment).

The award is based on academic merit and demonstrated financial need. 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.

Award information

  • $20,000; $7,000 housing support


  • Feb. 1

Selection guidelines

  • Milwaukee Public High School senior
  • Minority student preferred (American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian, Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latino or African American)
  • Preference for students admitted to College of Engineering, Diederich College of Communication or College of Business, with special consideration given to students interested in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, supply chain management, finance, business, human resources, communication or marketing.
  • Students must have a minimum unweighted cumulative 3.2 GPA at the time of application and an ACT composite of 20 or higher.
  • Demonstrated leadership in curricular and extracurricular activities
  • Preference is given to those students interested in participating in a paid summer internship at Harley-Davidson. The internship would begin immediately after high school graduation and continuing for three additional consecutive summers for recipients who remain eligible for scholarship renewal.
  • Demonstrated financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid

NOTE: Harley-Davidson employees’ children are not eligible to participate in the scholarship program because they can participate in a different program.


In addition to maintaining good academic standing, students receiving this scholarship must also meet the following renewal criteria.

  • GPA of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale), determined at the end of each academic year.  Students who fall below this GPA mid-year will be placed on probation and are expected to take advantage of campus resources and opportunities to improve academic performance.
  • Appropriate progress toward attaining an undergraduate degree in one of the academic fields listed above
  • Satisfactory participation in mentoring programs offered through Marquette and through Harley-Davidson. Recipients will be required to communicate regularly with Marquette academic advisers and Harley-Davidson mentors about course selection, academic progress or other issues related to program completion.


Scholars programs application information will be available in early October. You'll need to apply for admission before applying for scholars programs.

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