BMO Harris Bank Donates $600,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs and Marquette University to Bolster Education and Leadership Programs

     BMO Harris Bank Donates $600,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs and Marquette
           University to Bolster Education and Leadership Programs

Partnership provides urban teens with greater access to a college education

PR Newswire

MILWAUKEE, Nov. 13, 2012

MILWAUKEE, Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --In an effort to provide
underprivileged youths with access to educational opportunities, leadership
training and mentoring, BMO Harris Bank has committed to a five-year, $600,000
partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee and Marquette
University. This strategic partnership will provide the target population with
greater access to higher education along with the necessary support to help
students reach college graduation.

"Education is one of the cornerstones in how we help our communities, and this
partnership will help ensure that more students get into college," said Kara
Kaiser, Regional President, BMO Harris Bank. "We want to make the dream of a
college education a reality for more of our youth because there is so much
untapped potential that we need to lead us forward."

"We are thrilled that more young people in the community will have the
opportunity to pursue their dreams of earning a college degree," said Vincent
Lyles, president & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. "We showed
BMO Harris Bank what the Clubs and Marquette University have been able to do
for young people who want to continue their education and work toward a
brighter future, and they saw the value in helping us take our efforts to the
next level."

"Thanks to the support of BMO Harris, Marquette can continue to make a
difference in the lives of young men and women from Boys & Girls Clubs of
Greater Milwaukee," said Marquette University President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J.
"This work is at the heart of our mission, and we're proud of the impact our
students go on to have in our world."

Half of BMO Harris Bank's donation will help expand Boys & Girls Clubs'
Graduation Plus program, which works with high school students to make college
accessible and graduation imminent. Staff members teach students about the
college application and enrollment processes, provide ACT preparation
workshops, take students on college tours and help with college course
selection. In addition, the Clubs provide employment to students who need to
save for college, and then it matches their savings to help finance their
education. Once in college, Graduation Plus participants have the added
benefit of support staff who help them work through any barriers to
graduation. The first class of Graduation Plus participants graduated from
college earlier this year – some of them from Marquette.

The other half of BMO Harris Bank's donation will provide increased
scholarship opportunities to Boys & Girls Clubs' Graduation Plus members who
go on to attend Marquette. Currently, there are eight Graduation Plus
participants enrolled at Marquette, several of them on full scholarship as
Marquette University Urban Scholars. Boys & Girls Clubs and Marquette have
worked together for years with the common goal of helping members of the urban
community, many of them first-generation college students, realize their dream
of college graduation. By sharing resources and collaborating on training and
mentoring opportunities, the Clubs and Marquette have created a fluid
transition for students from high school to college, all the way through

BMO Harris Bank's support will also create a career readiness program, which
provides internships and job shadowing opportunities at BMO Harris Bank for
Graduation Plus students enrolled at Marquette. In addition, BMO Harris Bank
will facilitate financial literacy classes for students at Boys & Girls Clubs
to help them develop good financial habits. Students who take these classes
and participate in the career readiness program will be encouraged to mentor
younger students when they enroll at Marquette.

About BMO Harris Bank in Milwaukee
BMO Harris Bank N.A. is a key supporter for the City of Milwaukee through
funding key initiatives of United Way of Greater Milwaukee, Summerfest, the
BMO Harris Bradley Center, the Milwaukee County Zoo, the Milwaukee Art Museum
and the Milwaukee Bucks.The Bank provides a broad range of personal banking
products and solutions through over 600 branches and approximately 1,300 ATMs
in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Nevada, Arizona
and Florida. BMO Harris Bank's commercial banking team provides a combination
of sector expertise, local knowledge and mid-market focus throughout the U.S.
Deposit and loan products and services provided by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member
FDIC. BMO Harris Bank ^SM is a trade name used by BMO Harris Bank N.A. BMO
Harris Bank is part of BMO Financial Group, a North American financial
organization with 1,600 branches, and a retail deposit base of approximately
$180 billion.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee is celebrating its 125^th anniversary
in 2012. Known as the oldest and largest youth-serving agency in Milwaukee,
the Clubs offers high quality after-school and summer programming for children
ages 5-18, focusing on those who have major life obstacles, most often
poverty. The Clubs operates 36 sites, which include six primary locations, 29
school sites and Camp Whitcomb/Mason in Hartland. Membership to the Clubs is
only $5 per year, per child, but no one is ever turned away based on inability
to pay. For all the latest Club news, visit, or Twitter @bgcmilwaukee.

About Marquette University
Wisconsin's largest private university, Marquette offers nationally known
programs with a Catholic, Jesuit tradition that emphasizes ethics and lifelong
values. For more than 125 years, Marquette has inspired students to Be The
Difference in their professional and personal lives. Students and alumni say
that a Marquette education is worth the investment, and the university is
proud to be one of the lowest-cost private colleges among U.S. News and World
Report's top 100 national universities. More than 11,700 students come from
all 50 states and 69 countries to explore options ranging from intense
undergraduate studies to specialized graduate and professional programs. Log
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SOURCE BMO Harris Bank

Contact: Jacqueline Zeledon, Communications Manager, Boys & Girls Clubs,
+1-414-267-8132, Cell, +1-414-659-4017, or Kate Venne, Director of University
Communication, Marquette University, +1-414-288-4181, or Vanessa Hall,
Corporate Communications, BMO Harris Bank +1-773-391-1295
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