Martin F. Stein Memorial Scholarship Fund
Martin F. Stein was a long-time Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) board member, Milwaukee businessman and philanthropist. He fervently believed that the solution to society’s problems was education, and he encouraged others to think the same way. “Help [children] to see the opportunities, enable them to be all they can be,” he wrote in an open letter to the public, shared following his death in March 2006.
In that spirit, fellow BBBS of Metro Milwaukee board member Guy Smith began a scholarship fund at BBBS in Marty’s name. The scholarship embodies the attitude of Marty Stein, which was to always look up and see the broadest possibilities. A college degree enables a “Little” to see the numerous possibilities for themselves and achieve their dreams.
We are happy to honor Little Brother Tyler as the recipient of the 2016 Martin F. Stein Memorial Scholarship!
Big Brother Jack and Little Brother Tyler Matched December 2011
Tyler graduated from Arrowhead High School in the spring of 2016 and is now attending Bradley University, where he is pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Business.
Tyler had long dreamed of college. “I set my standards very low. I never thought I would amount to what I have become,” he said. There came a time in his schooling, however, when Tyler became more focused and his interests shifted from video games and socializing to robotics, academics, and soccer. The change in Tyler’s thinking and outlook coincided with his Big Brother Jack coming into his life. The two quickly formed a strong bond and friendship, and from the beginning, Jack supported Tyler and encouraged him to pursue his dreams.
It was during Tyler’s freshman year in high school that he got involved with a club called FIRST robotics, which inspired him to pursue his interests and gave him tools to succeed in his difficult engineering classes. While Tyler was interested in engineering and robotics before being matched with Jack, he wasn’t motivated. “I didn’t have a strong forward-thinking momentum,” said Tyler. “I received that from my Big Brother.” Jack helped Tyler progress through high school with a strong emphasis on academics and developing skills needed to navigate the journey into college. "He's a good kid making good decisions, he's getting better and better," said Jack. "He gets it, he sees the path he needs to be on. I'll take him to the finish line."
Tyler now sees a very different future for himself than he did five years ago—one that is much brighter and aligned with his interests and passions. "It was great,” said Tyler. “Jack helped me so much with my academics and just working hard in general. He's a great person and a great role model."
Big Brothers Big Sisters congratulates Tyler and Jack, and we are pleased to support Tyler’s educational success!