Uihlein Scholarship Fund

Polly and Henry Uihlein Alumni Scholarship Fund 

In 1994, when it became apparent to Polly MDS'38 and Henry Uihlein MCD'39 that some University School of Milwaukee alumni who were considering a USM education for their own children were candidates for financial assistance, they established a scholarship fund to increase accessibility of a USM education for children of alumni. Since its inception, the fund has awarded more than 550 scholarship grants, totaling over $1.5 million. 

Children of USM alumni (alumni who attended USM or a predecessor school for at least four years)  and who qualify for financial assistance are eligible to apply for the Polly and Henry Uihlein Alumni Scholarship. Applicants who are also applying for financial aid must submit an application to FAST and be verified through the program.

About the Uihlein Family

The Uihleins have a long history with the School. In addition to both being graduates of predecessor schools, their four sons also attended USM or a merger school - Chip MCD ’63, Chris ’65, Phil ’68, and Richard ’72. As parents in an independent school community, Henry and Polly recognized the important role alumni play in the life of the school – through their involvement as volunteers and donors, as well as enriching the community experience through their institutional history.

Wanting to broaden the impact of their support, Henry and Polly Uihlein made an extraordinary commitment to the School in 2004, during USM’s Next Generation Campaign. They designated a bequest in their estate to support both the Scholarship Fund and the Henry and Polly Uihlein Faculty Fund, another endowed fund they established in 1989. These commitments were predicated on their belief that all USM alumni should not only support the School during their lifetimes, but also extend their support in their estate plans.

Following Henry Uihlein’s death in August 2011, a significant portion of their bequest was transferred to the School, increasing the amount of financial assistance now available through the Fund.

The Uihlein family’s leadership support has spanned multiple generations and, in many ways, helped shape the USM of today. In addition to the establishment of the Scholarship Fund and the Faculty Fund, they provided support for the ice rink renovations and the hockey program, and they consistently supported the Holiday Shops and the Annual Giving Program.

Questions?

For more information, please contact Sylvester Cutler, Director of Financial Aid, at 414.540.3322 or scutler@usmk12.org.
The Polly and Henry Uihlein Scholarship Fund has made it possible for my child to attend USM and be a part of the same wonderful community, and take advantage of the extensive academic opportunities that I enjoyed as a child. My husband and I so appreciate the assistance the scholarship offers in giving our child the USM experience.
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