Summer 2018 Update

Congratulations to the Class of 2018 and all scholarship recipients!  


The following graduates will be matched with Purgolder alumni mentors and receive scholarships from our partners at the Foundation for Madison's Public Schools, Louis Swedarsky Memorial Scholarship Fund, Madison Community Foundation, and the Marquette Neighborhood Association (MNA).


Milton McPIke Legacy 4-year Scholarship:

Bamba Sillah, Edgewood College


Milton McPike Memorial Scholarship:

Quinn Buob, UW-Eau Claire

Justin Garza, Madison College

Cailin Maertz, Madison College

Lee Pao Yang, Madison College


Louis Swedarsky Memorial Scholarship:

Gino Vanden Brook, DePaul University


MNA Scholarship:

Nyagoah Biel, UW-Madison

Violet Geary (Shabazz City High School), undecided

Mwezi O'Malley, UW-Milwaukee


Way to go, seniors!  We believe in you and we are proud of you!





(Students pictured, left to right: Nyagoah Biel, Cailin Maertz, Justin Garza, Bamba Sillah, Gino Vanden Brook;

not pictured:  Quinn Buob, Violet Geary, Mwezi O'Malley, Lee Pao Yang)



Our committee is very grateful to have gotten the chance to meet some of these amazing scholarship recipients in May and many of the graduates were able to meet their alumni mentors as well. Special thanks go to committee member and math teacher Cynthia Chin for hosting this great event! 


Over the last three years we have been able to provide mentors to over 20 graduates and commit to help them on their path towards graduation. Our committee is always seeking new members and there are many ways to contribute with minimal time commitment. If you are interested in mentoring graduates in the future or becoming involved in other ways, please just email us at















(Standing, L – R: Beth O’Callaghan, Justin Garza, Breinne Wolfe, Cailin Maertz, Tony Sturm, Bamba Sillah, Gino Vanden Brook, Cynthia Chin;  

Seated, L-R: Nyagoah Biel, Ninah Divine, John Younger, Kathern Felton Paige. Not pictured: Quinn Buob, Violet Geary, Mwezi O’Malley, Lee Pao Yang)



Finally, thank you so much to all who have donated to make this scholarship program a reality! Thanks to your generosity, we have been able to surpass $100,000 in just under three years! This is simply amazing and we could not do it without your financial support. Please keep us in mind as we begin planning to expand the number of scholarships we are able to offer each year.