Learn More About Milton Hershey School

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Thanks for visiting our site! We know you've got lots of questions after discovering Milton Hershey School, and we hope the resources below point you in the right direction. 

For more than 100 years, the mission of Milton Hershey School remains true to the ideals upon which it was founded

In keeping with Milton and Catherine Hershey's Deed of Trust, Milton Hershey School nurtures and educates children in social and financial need to lead fulfilling and productive lives.

Today, the prekindergarten-12th grade Milton Hershey School is a cost-free, private, coeducational home and school for children from families of low income. Milton S. Hershey, the chocolate pioneer, and his wife Catherine established a trust that completely funds the school to this day, helping Milton Hershey School operate with much more financial stability than most public or private schools experience.

We believe all children deserve the very best education regardless of their financial circumstances, and the chance to reach their top potential. 

Have a specific question? Email mhs-communications@mhs-pa.org and we'll make sure to get you a response. And make sure to follow us on Facebook and other social media channels - it's a great way to see a slice of life at MHS! Get a quick overview of who we are here.

You can watch our televised special above.


Milton Hershey School

Imagine a school community where children receive:

  • A high quality education
  • Access to excellent athletic, recreational, and arts facilities
  • Room and board in a nurturing, family-like student home (Read more)
  • Clothing
  • Medical and dental care
  • Assistance with continuing education after graduation

Now, imagine that all of these things come at no cost to the children's families.

Interested? Check out our application process here. And click here to request more information about MHS.

Also, visit our FAQ page to get your initial questions answered!


Milton Hershey School careers

Benefits of working at Milton Hershey School include:

  • Diverse student body learning and growing together
  • Resources to care for the students
  • State-of-the-art facilities on a beautiful campus
  • Dedicated co-workers
  • Competitive compensation
  • Benefits for full-time staff
  • Career opportunities 

Full- and part-time employment opportunities typically fall within the following categories: 

To learn more about MHS career opportunities, please explore our career pages, particularly the current job postings.



Milton Hershey School has a wide-ranging array of programs for students so that they can thrive in and out of the classroom. Here are just a few of the opportunities:

Agricultural & Environmental Education- As part of the Deed of Trust, students learn about these two areas with hands-on experiences (there's a working farm on campus!)

Continuing Education Scholarship - Up to $80,000 in scholarship money is available to qualifying students. Learn how graduate Larry Klomps (pictured above) used the scholarship to kick start his career in medicine.

Visual & Performing Arts - Everything from video production to award-winning music ensembles to marching band and more.

Year Round Experience - Providing enriching programs throughout the year, in particular for students who choose not to go home during the summer or on school breaks.


Milton Hershey

Milton Hershey School has been around for more than 100 years. It began as a dream and vision shared by chocolate magnate Milton S. Hershey and his wife, Catherine (Kitty). Unable to have children of their own, Milton and Catherine decided to use their wealth to create a home and a school for orphaned boys called Hershey Industrial School. Milton Hershey School has flourished into a 1,900-student coeducational residential school from low-income families. The school is cost free. Learn more about the vision of Milton and Catherine Hershey here.

The Sacred Values of Milton Hershey School

These values are guiding principles we use to direct all of our interactions and work. They help provide the best possible atmosphere for our students.


We speak openly and honestly and do not gossip.

Positive Spirit: 

We show up enthusiastically with a can-do attitude toward work and school.

Commitment to Mission: 

We put the school and its mission above our own professional interests.

Mutual Respect: 

We actively respect and assume the best in everyone.

We also believe that the best way to encourage you to learn more about the school is to hear straight from our community. Click on the photo gallery below to read testimonials of our staff, students and alumni.