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Wisconsin Lutheran College

Ministries Growing to Increase Impact


Wisconsin Lutheran College (WLC) is an independent, residential, nationally ranked Christian college in Milwaukee. Its on-campus and online programming serves nearly 1,100 undergraduate and graduate students. The college was ranked among the top twenty colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past 17 years and offers 38 undergraduate majors and five pre-professional programs.


WLC’s Hope Scholars program offers full-tuition scholarships to academically qualified, low-income students of color. The program targets students who attend a high-performing Christian high school in the Milwaukee area and receive nominations from their respective high schools.


The Hope Scholars program is a very targeted way to provide Milwaukee students of color with a path to and through college while growing their faith through a Christian education. Two dedicated Hope Scholar coaches walk with students through their four years and help remove barriers to success. The program also includes a work-study component so that scholarship recipients are personally invested in their scholarships.


Primary Focus Area: Christian Leadership Program

Lutheran Affiliation: WELS

Location: 8800 West Bluemound Road, Milwaukee, WI 53226


Funding will support: The Hope Scholars program was launched as an effort to enable underserved populations of Milwaukee’s youth to attend a high-quality Christian college. Realizing that a barrier for many underserved youth is the cost of attendance, WLC has partnered with several donors and foundations to provide a full tuition scholarship for a limited number of students each year. The Hope Scholars program admits 15 students each year through an application process, finding Milwaukee’s best and brightest at partner high schools like Wisconsin Lutheran High School, Milwaukee Lutheran High School, Martin Luther High School, Pius XI Catholic High School, and Augustine Prep.


The program is now in its fourth year of operation and the first cohort of scholars will graduate in spring 2025. The program has a retention rate of 90%, which is higher than the college’s average retention.

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