During his life, the late Hymen Milgrom donated substantially towards improving urban education, most significantly through the Urban Teacher Education Program at the University of Chicago, a program that has since progressed to a large scale with federal funding. The Hymen Milgrom Supporting Organization (HMSO), created with a $17-million gift to the University of Chicago from the estate of Hymen T. Milgrom (AB, Accounting, ’35), was established to seek ways that public education can help children become more highly skilled and more successful as adults.
In his will, he stated the following: "My specific request is that the funds be used to promote public education in pre-school, elementary and high school only. The specific projects to be funded will be determined by the executer of the will in keeping with my philosophy of advancing the quality of public education. All funding will be to further research and development and offer scholarships to promote this goal."
In service of this, the HMSO launched the Successful Pathways from School to Work research initiative in 2013, which supports rigorous inquiry on how educators can become more effective in fostering the skills, dispositions, and experiences essential for success in the modern labor market, as well as society as a whole. The 2018 Request for Proposals, available on this web site, describes the need for the research that the HMSO will fund in 2018, the research topics that will be eligible for funding, who may apply for funding, the likely duration and level of support for funded projects, the process by which proposals will be reviewed, and the deadlines for submitting proposals.
Building on the success of this first initiative, the HMSO launched the Milgrom Community Service and Innovation Fellowship for University of Chicago students in 2017, focused on helping improve the lives of disadvantaged children and youth in Chicago through education-related community service. Through this new initiative, the HMSO will give grants to University of Chicago organizations to enable them to develop innovative community service programs for students.
Paxton Quigley, daughter of Hymen Milgrom