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 urban children become more highly skilled and more successful as adults.
In service of this, the HMSO launched the Successful Pathways from School to Work initiative in 2013, which supports research that will help educators become more effective in fostering the skills, dispositions, and experiences essential for success in the modern labor market.
Building on the success of this initiative, the HMSO launched a Milgrom Community Service and Innovation Fellowship for University of Chicago students, focused on helping improve the lives of disadvantaged children and youth in Chicago through education-related community service, in 2017. The HMSO will give grants to University of Chicago organizations to enable them to provide this opportunity to students.
In 2019, the HMSO launched it most recent initiative, the Milgrom Educational Innovation Challenge, to enable University of Chicago organizations to establish a Educational Innovation Challenge for University of Chicago students focused on designing solutions to problems facing Chicago neighborhoods and communities.