Milken Scholars

Michael and Lori Milken founded the Milken Scholars in 1989 to honor exceptional young people who have demonstrated the potential to make a profound difference in the world. Scholars are chosen while high school seniors on the basis of distinguished academic performance, school and community service, leadership, and evidence of having overcome personal and social obstacles. Milken Scholars receive financial assistance plus a strong support system that lasts over time. 

The Milken Scholars Program is a joint initiative of the Milken Family Foundation and the Milken Institute.

Celebrating 35 Years of the Milken Scholars Program

In 2024, the Milken Scholars Program will celebrate its 35th anniversary. Read reflections from the 1989 founding cohort on how the Program has influenced their lives throughout the years.

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