Regardless of the size or duration, RUHS Foundation scholarships serve their intended purpose of recognizing the hard-work of recipients. Our goal is to honor them for listening to, learning from and showing respect to the adults in their lives; for taking advantage of extra-curricular activities; and for being actively engaged in their unique RUHS experiences. These students have successfully upheld the long-standing tradition of Riverside as a place of purposeful learning and high academic achievement. The scholarships are a small token of congratulations and celebration.
Bette Cano Community and School Service Scholarship: This scholarship was established by the family of Bette Cano, a Milwaukee area community activist who fought hard for social justice, equality and opportunity for all. Three of Bette’s four daughters are graduates of Riverside University High School. Scholarship Requirements: Bette’s four daughters honor her memory with a scholarship to support the further education of a deserving Riverside graduate who has demonstrated commitment to community involvement and activism. $500.
Drew/Washabaugh Family and Friends Scholarship: Cathy Washabaugh, a retired RUHS journalism teacher, revitalized the school newspaper in the early 1990’s. Mike Drew, a local retired journalist, volunteered his time and mentored the newspaper students. Upon her retirement, Cathy, along with her husband Bill, and Mike, along with his wife Alice (Hanson), established this scholarship in 2002 and continues to support Riverside graduates. Scholarship Requirements: Students with a 2.5 GPA planning to attend a Wisconsin college, university or 2-year college. Students should also have a plan for funding their education. Three individual scholarships at $2000.
Foundation General Scholarship: The Riverside University High School Foundation was founded in 1997 by several school alumni. They were concerned that a lack of money for public schools was beginning to reach a crisis stage and was slowly eroding the extraordinary high quality of education at Riverside, which had always been a hallmark of the school since its founding in 1868 as Milwaukee’s very first public high school. The Foundation’s primary source of funds is individual contributions from Riverside alumni, retired staff and friends. Scholarship Requirements: Student with a 2.5 GPA, financial need, participation in school activities and community service. $1000.
Jim Gibson Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship was established by the Foundation Board in memory of Jim Gibson, who worked tirelessly for the Foundation to provide scholarships for Riverside graduates and to improve Riverside. Jim was passionate about Riverside’s history and wrote a book entitled, RUHS: Milwaukee’s Oldest Public School, which chronicles Riverside’s 150 years of education. Scholarship Requirements: Student with 2.5 GPA and held a leadership role in the school and/or the community. Financial need, participation in school activities and community service will be considered. $2000
Scholar Athlete Scholarship: This scholarship was established by Mary Fowlkes, retired Physical Education teacher and Riverside alumnus. Scholarship Requirements: Must have participated in a RUHS athletic team, have a minimum 2.5 GPA, demonstrate financial need, and have done some community service. Six individual scholarships at $1000.
Tabak Family Scholarship: Fred Tabak is a 1961 graduate of Riverside. Mr. Tabak is the founder of the Tabak Law, LLC which is a rapidly expanding Social Security Disability, Worker’s Compensation and Veteran’s Benefits law firm serving client’s across the country. He and his family have been long time supporters of MPS. Scholarship Requirements: Must be from a single parent home and have a 2.5 GPA. Financial need, participation in school activities and community service will be considered. Five individual scholarships at $1000.
Thornburg Scholarship: Dr. Mary Lou Thornburg is a 1954 graduate of Riverside. She went on to receive a bachelor’s degree from UW-LaCrosse, a master’s from UNC-Greensboro, and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, all in the field of physical education. For 35 years she was a professor at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts and served as Dean of the School of Education. The Thornburg Fitness Center at Bridgewater is named after her. Scholarship Requirements: Students with a 2.5 GPA who plan to pursue a career in education. $1000.
Tom Wild Legacy Scholarship: After his retirement in 2019, Mr. Wild established a scholarship. Mr. Wild taught Advanced Placement courses and advised the student council. He ran the ACT Testing Center at Riverside and chaperoned numerous college tours of historically black colleges. He did an excellent job of utilizing community organizations and nonprofit groups as resources for his students so they could see the importance of agency and active citizen participation. Mr. Wild’s Box City each year had students erecting cardboard shelters and spending the night outdoors in the school parking lot to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. Eventually they raised enough money to build two homes. He implemented voter education and registration drives which became the blueprint for all MPS high schools. When he retired, Mr. Wild was honored by the Milwaukee Common Council, four members of which had been his students. Scholarship Requirements: Student with a high academic achievement, student activity participation, community service and financial need. The student should be able to articulate the legacy they have passed on to RUHS. $1000.
Towerview Investment Incentive to Graduate: Scholarship Requirements: Student must have immigrated to the United States, must have English as a second language, and must be a first-generation family member to attend college. One 4 year renewable, increasing award- first year $1000, second year $2000, third year, $3000, fourth year, $4000
Towerview College Scholarship: Scholarship Requirements: Student must have immigrated to the United States, have English as a second language and/or be the first-generation family member to attend college. $1000
Waldner-Cornell Family Scholarship: Sue and Don Cornell’s four children graduated from Riverside during the 90’s. Sue was a teacher at Riverside for 20 years. Public service work such as, firefighting, teaching and police work are highly valued by this family. Scholarship Requirements: Student must be planning a career in public service, have a 3.0 GPA and good attendance. Extra value placed on volunteer community service work during high school. $2000
Werner Family Scholarship: The Werner family has been a part of the Riverside community for many years. Gwen and Bill’s two sons attended Riverside. Gwen also serves on the Foundation’s board. The Werner Family members are long time supporters of public education and equal opportunity. The family makes donations every year so that this scholarship can benefit a deserving senior. Scholarship Requirements: 3.0 GPA with involvement in school activities and the community who demonstrates a financial need. $2000
Tom Bauch Scholarship: Tom Bauch, a Riverside graduate, established this scholarship to honor Robert Hesselbrock. Mr. Hesselbrock was a long time English teacher at Riverside and inspired Mr. Bauch’s love of English and liberal arts education. Scholarship Recipient: Latavia Eccles - second year of $1000
Bezella Family Scholarship: Many members of the Bezella Family attended Riverside High School. The family business was the Kellner Greenhouse on Humboldt Avenue, well known in Riverwest and on the east side. After graduating from Riverside, many went on to study and/or pursue careers in the sciences, including botany, zoology, nursing, and chemical and nuclear engineering. Scholarship Recipient: Emelyne Nshimirimana - second year of $5000
Steinhafel Scholarship: Scholarship Recipient: Yareli Suarez - second year of $25,000