Mike and his wife Lori established the Milken Scholars program in 1989 to assist young men and women who have overcome great obstacles to demonstrate academic and community leadership. Over the past 13 years, the Milken Family Foundation has recognized 185 outstanding graduating high school students with a commitment for four years of financial assistance, career-related counseling and internships, opportunities for volunteerism and a graduate fund to assist with preparatory courses for either graduate school or the world of work.
Milken Scholars are chosen through a rigorous selection process that includes students from a variety of professions, cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.
Nicole Evangelista, a Carson High School 2002 graduate from Los Angeles, overcame debilitating childhood diseases to become class valedictorian and an editor of her school paper. Nicole now studies biology and biotechnology at Harvard University.
Mohammed Subeh (left) receives a Milken Scholars award from Lori and Mike Milken; he's now studying human biology at Stanford University. David Soloviechik (right), a Milken Scholar and recent Harvard graduate, talks about his plans to pursue his doctorate in artificial intelligence studies at the California Institute of Technology.
Milken Scholars Facts
- 185 Milken Scholars nationwide
- 52 born outside the U.S.
- 30 countries of origin
- 107 have one or more parents
from outside the U.S.
- 57 colleges