neighborhood news

Apply for the new MNA Returning Adult Student Scholarship!

March 1, 2024

The Marquette Neighborhood Association (MNA) proudly supports talented adult learners within our dynamic community through the newly established MNA Returning Adult Student Scholarship Program. This initiative aims to assist adult learners in pursuing post-secondary degrees, offering selected recipients a two-year scholarship totaling $2,000 per year to facilitate their education.

Eligible candidates must be 23 years of age or older, pursuing either an Associate's or Bachelor's Degree with at least one year remaining in their program as of Fall 2024. Additionally, candidates must not have previously earned any post-secondary degrees and must reside or work within the MNA boundaries, as delineated on the map of Marquette neighborhood boundaries for clarification.

Learn more and apply! 

Apply for the MNA Student Scholarship!

March 1, 2024

The Marquette Neighborhood Association (MNA) is proud to support talented students within our vibrant community through the annual MNA Scholarship Program. Designed to assist graduating high school students or equivalent candidates, the MNA Scholarship Fund provides each recipient with a two-year scholarship totaling $4,000, distributed as $2,000 per year, to support their post-secondary education pursuits.

Learn more and apply!

Become a Neighborhood Sponsor!

January 19, 2024


It’s a neighborhood tradition like none other. Our festivals have brought music and togetherness to the East Side for nearly six decades. Year after year, Marquette Waterfront Festival and Orton Park Festival bookend the summer by bringing some of the very best of local bands and national touring acts. You know you’ll discover a new favorite as you dance with friends and neighbors under Yahara Park’s cottonwoods and Orton’s old oaks.

Join us in presenting these treasured events this summer! For a contribution of $100 or more, we’ll add your name(s) as a sponsor to the Waterfront and Orton posters and billboards, and you'll get your pick of the fabulous 2024 festival shirts. (Sponsor by March 15th and receive your shirt ahead of the festival season.)


This promotion is for individuals/families. Businesses wishing to sponsor should email for details.

2023 Recipients of MNA Grants Announced

April 3, 2023

Congratulations to the following recipients of 2023 MNA grants:

Broom Street Theater: HVAC upgrade
Common Wealth Development: Youth Business Mentoring Program
Cycropia Aerial Dance: Truss Rig
Friends of Orton Park: Park and Tree Fun
In Pursuit of Justice: Tony Robinson Memorial Mural
Kummba Renaissance Ltd.: Music in Motion w/The Culture Coach
Lapham-Marquette PTG: School Spirit T-Shirts and the Lapham Garden
Mad City Story Slam: Marquette Neighborhood Show and Tell Slam
Marquette Elementary School: Building Healthy Alternatives Program and an Artist-in-Residence
O’Keeffe Middle School: Family Resource Center
O’Keeffe Middle School PTG: Acute Needs Fund, Canoe and Kayak Program, and Teacher Resources
Social Justice Center: Community Resource Center
Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center, Inc: Operating and Youth Development
Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired: Sensory Gardens

Thank you to all who applied, and thanks to all applicants for being such extraordinary neighbors. Our 2024 grant cycle will begin in December 2023.