The late businessman and philanthropist Martin “Marty” Stein was a longtime member and a former chair of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee’s Board of Trustees. He strongly believed in the Clubs’ mission and that each person has the capacity to be “making a difference” in the lives of others. Upon his passing in 2006, Stein left a directive to his family and Boys & Girls Clubs to help young people in need to earn a two- or four-year degree. His endowment to the Clubs created the Stein Scholars Pre-College Program.
The Stein Scholars Pre-College Program recently celebrated the college graduation of its first participants and its fifth graduating class of high school seniors at Marquette University Alumni Union Hall, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave.
To date, there are 111 Stein Scholars enrolled in either a two-year or four-year college degree program. The high school class of 2012 will have 33 Club members attending college this fall. In its first five years, Stein Scholars has distributed approximately $600,000 in scholarships and an additional $60,000 in educational assistance to its students.
Stein strongly believed in education as means to brighter futures and more opportunities. The Clubs’ Stein Scholars Pre-College Program works diligently to make higher education attainable and possible.
Through it, participants learn about the financial aid application process, time and money management, team building, high school and college course selection, identifying and solidifying scholarships, career goals and exploration, résumé creation and building, job readiness training, ACT Prep, leadership skill building, and making healthy life choices.
In addition, Stein Scholars high school students earn money for college through a paid internship during the school year and in the summer with the Clubs. To help its Stein Scholar alumni navigate college life, program staff track students’ progress and connects them to additional resources, such as tutoring or mentoring, to help them stay and graduate from college.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2012. Known as the oldest and largest youth-serving agency in Milwaukee, the Clubs offers high quality after-school and summer programming for children ages 5-18, focusing on those who have major life obstacles, most often poverty.
The Clubs operates 38 sites, which include six primary locations, 31 school sites, and Camp Whitcomb/Mason in Hartland. Membership to the Clubs is only $5 per year, per child, but no one is ever turned away based on inability to pay. For all the latest Club news, visit www.boysgirlsclubs.org, www.facebook.com/bgcmilwaukee or Twitter @bgcmilwaukee.