In 1990, TEMPO Milwaukee established the Mentor Awards event to recognize individuals and organizations in the community dedicated to the mentoring of others. Mentor Award recipients are nominated each fall by individuals within the Milwaukee community. Nominations are then judged on three criteria: mentoring of others, business leadership and community leadership.

Mentor Award winners are recognized at the annual event, typically held each February. This year's event will be held in April. Winners receive a $5,000 scholarship which is designated in his/her name and awarded to a woman at a four-year educational institution in the state of Wisconsin. Scholarships are provided by the TEMPO Milwaukee Foundation, through the generous support of corporate sponsors and individual donors. TEMPO Milwaukee has awarded more than $240,000 in scholarships to more than 75 Wisconsin women since the inception of the event.
This year's event will look a little different, to reflect the world in which we are living. Our virtual event this year will honor three "Pandemic Mentors" - two individuals and one company who rose above the challenges, trials and setbacks the COVID-19 pandemic caused and made the most of the difficulties of 2020. Our ideal winners are those who took no time in pivoting in the face of adversity, who gave themselves to those who needed it most, who recognized the hard-hit communities and made lemonade out of lemons.