By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Mar 09, 2021 at 10:02 AM

In hopes of providing more access to the law profession for women of color, Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation has created a scholarship program named in honor of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

Launched during National Women’s History Month, the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Scholarship will support young women of color attending college on the path to law school or who are attending law school at the University of Wisconsin or Marquette University.

In addition to up to $2,000 a year for undergrads or up to $10,000 for those in law school, the foundation will also be paired with a local mentor working in law.

The scholarship was the idea and work of MPS Foundation board member Fred Tabak, a local lawyer.

“Justice Ginsburg’s legacy compels us to identify ways we can help more young women follow in her footsteps. In Wisconsin and across the country, we have a great need for the legal profession to look more like the communities we serve, yet it is difficult for those from underserved neighborhoods to succeed,” said Tabak. “The scholarship will make a little dent, we hope, in that lack of diversity.”

The foundation is currently raising funds for the scholarship and Tabak has allied on area lawyers, firms and associations to help endow it. Anyone can donate at mpsfdn.org.

Apply online for a scholarship at mpsfdn.com/scholarships by Friday, March 26. The first awards are expected to be presented this summer.

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.