The gift from the foundation will support two programs rooted in providing community service — the Trinity Fellows program for graduate students and the Burke Scholars program for undergraduate students, which is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary this year. With funding from alumnus ('56) and trustee emeritus Richard A. Burke, both programs offer full-tuition scholarships. The founder and former president of Trek Bicycle Corporation, Burke, who passed away in 2008 at the age of 73, served on the university's board of trustees from 1996 to 2005.
The Trinity Fellows program develops leaders with a commitment to social and economic justice by requiring fellows to work in a local nonprofit eighteen hours a week during the academic year and full-time during the summer. Students in the Burke Scholars program, which provides four-year, full-tuition scholarships to as many as ten high school seniors, have served at more than ninety community organizations in Milwaukee; in addition to helping undergraduate students excel academically, the program encourages them to develop a humanitarian ethic through a commitment to serving others.
"We are incredibly grateful for the enduring and generous support of the Burke Foundation. One of our primary philanthropic objectives at Marquette is to expand educational opportunities for our students and provide access to life-changing experiences," said Marquette University vice president of advancement Tim McMahon. "Our Burke Scholars and Trinity Fellows are exceptional models for combining excellence in academics, service, and leadership in meaningful ways that live out our mission far beyond campus."