Message from the community: Local high school students invited to apply for the second annual MCTS Rosa Parks Tribute scholarship

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As part of its annual on-board tribute recognizing Rosa Parks and her contribution to the fight for equality and fairness for all, the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) invites local students to apply for its Rosa Parks Tribute scholarship.

The scholarship, now in its second year, is open to high school students in Milwaukee County who will be attending a trade school, college or university in the fall of 2022. Students must complete an online application and submit a letter of recommendation. ‘a trusted adult, and a short essay inspired by the quote from Parks: “Each person should live their life as a role model for others. Nominations must be submitted by January 7, 2022. Three winners, who will each receive $ 1,000 towards their graduate studies, will be announced on Parks’ birthday, February 4, 2022. Details on the scholarship can be found here.

For the sixth year of its on-board tribute to the parks, MCTS will keep an open seat on every bus in the fleet from Wednesday December 1 through Friday December 3. Each reserved seat will include a red rose and a special sign that features Parks’ photo and a message about his courageous act. MCTS efforts have garnered widespread attention on social media and inspired transit agencies across the country to implement similar initiatives.

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Parks was arrested on December 1, 1955, after refusing to give up her seat to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama. His small act of civil disobedience led to a landmark Supreme Court ruling that outlawed segregation on public transport. In 2019, Milwaukee County became the first jurisdiction in the country to declare racism a public health crisis. Since then, more than 80 communities have followed suit.

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