Milton Hershey School
Milton S. Hershey
From the very beginning, community involvement and good corporate citizenship were
integral to Milton Hershey's business model. He was dedicated to improving lives.
As one of the most forward-thinking industrialists of his time, Milton Hershey built
the town of Hershey, Pennsylvania, including housing, parks, schools and a library.
His actions were based on his belief that employees who could raise their families
in a pleasant environment would live fuller lives and be better workers. The Hershey
Company’s commitment to corporate social responsibility is a direct reflection of
our founder's life-affirming spirit.
Milton Hershey School
Milton Hershey School (MHS), founded in 1909 as a school for orphan boys, is a product
of the love Milton Hershey and his wife, Catherine, shared for children. Unable
to have children of their own, the couple developed a profound and deeply felt concern
for the well-being of all children, especially those less fortunate. Wanting their
good fortune to make a lasting positive difference, Milton and Catherine Hershey
decided to found the School and fund its operations
Following the death of his wife, Mr. Hershey donated virtually his entire personal
fortune to The Hershey Trust Company to administer Milton Hershey School. The Hershey
Trust Company is our largest shareholder, making the School our largest beneficiary.
Today, Milton Hershey School is a coeducational home and school that is true to
its ideals and remains focused on helping children. The School provides a free world-class
education, as well as meals, clothing, a nurturing home, healthcare, counseling
and career training, to nearly 2,000 children in social and financial need. All
of us are very aware that MHS students depend on our continued success.
We are proud to help the School continue to grow, not only by building our business
but through direct partnerships with students and house parents. Various departments
and plants host career days and tours, and many Milton Hershey School students work
in internships at the Hershey Company. Through our "Project Fellowship" program,
groups of employees pair up with student homes for mutually fulfilling and fun ongoing
relationships. Project Fellowship involves employees from our U.S. and international
locations at many levels, bringing a global experience and strong role models to
Milton Hershey School students.