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The Sweet Gift that Changed the World

Fun today, flourish tomorrow.

Your visit to Hershey, Pennsylvania, isn’t just a chance to make family memories—it’s a way to make a difference. In 1909, chocolatier Milton S. Hershey famously gave away his fortune to found Milton Hershey School, one of the world’s best private, residential schools.

Today, MHS offers qualifying students in pre-K through 12th grade an exceptional education, caring mentors, and one-of-a-kind experiences that set them up for life—with all costs covered. Thank you for joining us in our mission to impact lives.

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Milton Hershey School's Career and Technical Education program Computer Sciences and Innovation pathway

It's Time to Dream Big

Milton Hershey School is a private school where qualifying students in pre-K through 12th grade live on campus. MHS encourages students to discover their passions through countless one-of-a-kind experiences. All costs are covered, thanks to the trust left by the Hersheys. MHS offers:

  • Top-tier classes and facilities
  • Personal guidance from experienced, caring staff
  • High-quality medical, dental, and mental health services

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A Community with One Mission

Here in Hershey, we’re all family. The Hershey entity partners and the greater Hershey community provide exciting new opportunities for MHS students. Kids can learn beyond the borders of the MHS campus—and with these resources, no dream is too big. This Founders Day, hear what MHS and Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company leadership have to say about the impact we are making together.

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Milton Hershey School partnership with Brock Zearfoss at Hershey Sprint Car Experience.

Driving Student Success

Rich in history and tradition, MHS also partners with World of Outlaws, a top-tier motorsports organization with similar values to provide students one-of-a-kind experiences. Professional race car drivers and their crews teach students valuable life skills and introduce them to automotive industry best practices.

Where Fun and Purpose Meet

The Core Purpose of HE&R is to help MHS students lead happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives. Did you know every guest who visits Hersheypark or any HE&R property helps give underserved kids a chance? A portion of every Park admission, retail item purchased, or family meal enjoyed gives back to MHS. Fun today helps MHS students flourish tomorrow. See that impact in action here.

Chocolatetown Provides Hands-On Opportunity

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Athletics Program Yields Life Lessons

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Hershey Entertainment & Resorts staff mentor Milton Hershey School students in the M.O.L.D. mentoring program.

Giving Back

The HE&R team honors our mutual founder’s legacy by actively supporting MHS students through:

  • Building personal relationships and mentoring
  • Offering paid internships to students and recent graduates
  • Attending athletic and performing arts events
  • Volunteering at campus events
  • Offering career-focused programming

See more ways our two organizations work together to honor our shared legacy and prepare students to achieve their dreams.

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Real-World Experiences

From learning how to engineer rollercoasters to interacting with professional hockey players and more, HE&R provides unique and exciting opportunities for MHS students to learn by doing.

A tiny house built by Milton Hershey School students arrives at Hersheypark Camping Resort.

MHS Tiny House Arrives at Hersheypark Campground

From the classroom to the campground, MHS students got a glimpse into the world of construction and carpentry by building a tiny house with HE&R.

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Hershey Bears Inspire MHS Ice Hockey Players

Hershey Bears ice hockey players joined MHS student-athletes for an immersive learning opportunity, filled with shared experiences and career-focused learning.

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Hersheypark Coaster Builds Career Exposure

An MHS student home of elementary students learned about the process used to build Hersheypark’s first hybrid coaster, Wildcat’s Revenge.

You’re Invited: Tour Milton Hershey School Online

We are pursuing this mission together. Whether an employee at a beloved Hershey attraction or working in one of many roles offered on the breathtaking MHS campus, we are all committed to educating and supporting students with one-of-a-kind opportunities. Experience campus through an interactive, virtual tour.

Milton Hershey School has many campus landmarks, including Catherine Hall.

The School on the Hill

Hersheypark guests frequently ask, “What is that beautiful building on the hill?” It is Catherine Hall, the MHS middle school located on the northern end of campus. Originally constructed in 1934, Catherine Hall was a junior-senior high school. Today it serves students in fifth through eighth grade. Watch one middle school student’s story.

Explore Inside Catherine Hall

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Founders Hall

A Monument to the Hersheys

Built in 1970 as a monument to founders Milton and Catherine Hershey, Founders Hall is iconic to the Hershey skyline. You can catch glimpses of the Founders Hall dome within Hersheypark and at several points across town. Learn more about the building and Milton Hershey School’s rich history at the Virtual Founders Hall Visitors Center.

Explore Inside Founders Hall

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Interested in learning more about MHS? Find out about what’s happening on campus through the school’s weekly community e-newsletter.

Milton Hershey School does not discriminate in admissions or other programs and services on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, religious creed or disability. Read important MHS policies on equal opportunity and diversity, equal employment opportunity, and more.