Those who knew Marty Stein – a local businessman, philanthropist and former chair of the Boys & Girls Clubs Board of Trustees – recall his supportive nature when it came to befriending young people, including Club members. He ardently believed in education as the best means for children to escape poverty. When he passed away in 2006, he endowed funds to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee to create a program that would help youth attend and succeed in college. Together with his family, the Clubs developed the structure for the Stein Scholars College Access & Success Program.
In this program, Club members receive one-on-one academic advising and monitoring, learn about the financial aid application process, time and money management, team building, high school and college course selection, and how to identify and solidify scholarships. In addition, students explore potential careers and set career goals, create and build their résumés, and receive job readiness training. Through Stein Scholars, students also prepare for their ACT exams, build leadership skills, and understand the importance of making healthy life choices, as well as take many college tours. Furthermore, Stein Scholars earn money for college through a paid internship during the school year and in the summer with the Clubs, and they participate in a match savings program, which matches every dollar saved with six dollars to be used on educational expenses such as tuition, books, and other related expenditures. In its first five years, the program has aided approximately 225 students enroll in college and pursue their higher education goals.
The outside community is taking notice of the success of the Stein Scholars program. It has been featured in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
, Milwaukee Neighborhood News
and the Milwaukee Community Journal
. Our 2013 Youth of the Year, a Stein Scholar, was recently featured in the news
thanks to her accomplishments.
As a Stein Scholar, participants will:
- Gain experience in preparing for college by attending bi-weekly workshops.
- Learn what it takes to succeed in college.
- Visit colleges and universities of interest.
- Plan to attend college and earn a degree, or attend a technical or trade school in Wisconsin
- Opportunity to participate in the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Individual Development Accounts – a matching savings account to pay for one’s education – based on student’s family income.
- Earn money for college through a paid high school internship.
- Find all possible financial aid through scholarship searches and additional resources.
- Go to college with a renewable Stein Scholar Scholarship.
Boys & Girls Clubs alumna and 2013 Emory University graduate Christina Cross credits the support and guidance she received in Stein Scholars as a high school and college student. Watch this video about how the Stein Scholars program helped Christina achieve her dreams of pursuing a college education.
Below are the 2015 Stein Scholars.