One goal of the Do Great Things Initiative is to encourage alumni and local business leaders to form scholarships (that are independent of the DGT Initiative) for Green Bay West students to help them fund the gap that exists after all aid and merit awards are applied to the cost of tuition.
Jim Ryan, 1985 graduate of Green Bay West High School, and his wife, Tracy Ryan, have set up two scholarships with their alma mater, Marquette University. These scholarships will be awarded annually by the admissions staff at Marquette to two students from Green Bay West High School.
Our goal is for there to be a variety of scholarships, beyond the two to Marquette, available to students at GB West who are hard-working students and ready to make their dream to attend college a reality.
In addition, the Initiative facilitates communication between Green Bay West High School students/faculty and Marquette University Office of Admissions and Financial Aid.
Students can meet Marquette Admissions staff early in their high school career to chart out a path of acceptance into the University. The scholarship provides students with the opportunity to tour Marquette University twice a year on a special Green Bay West student tour and lunch. Marquette’s Office of Financial Aid will work directly with students and their families to secure as much aid and scholarships as possible.
Through these efforts, we hope more Green Bay West students will be accepted into Marquette University or the college of their choice and able to secure aid, grants and scholarships to fund the cost.
The Do Great Things Full Tuition Scholarship was established to support one graduate of Green Bay West High School in attending Marquette University
Marquette will award the Do Great Things Full Tuition Scholarship to one admitted student from Green Bay West high school who has been admitted to Marquette and filed the FAFSA. The full-tuition scholarship replaces any previously awarded Marquette Grants and Scholarships and is renewable each year of the recipient’s four-year (eight-semester) undergraduate program provided the recipient remains in good academic standing and completes the FAFSA annually. The on-campus housing and meal plan stipend available freshman year is renewable for the sophomore year only.
The Do Great Things Bridge the Gap Scholarship was established to support one graduate of Green Bay West High School in attending Marquette University.
Marquette will award the Do Great Things Bridge the Gap Scholarship to one admitted student from Green Bay West high school who has been admitted to Marquette and filed the FAFSA. This scholarship (up to $10,000 annually) is additive to any previously awarded Marquette Grants and Scholarships, Federal, and state financial assistance received by the recipient. The scholarship may be used to meet institutional direct charges (tuition, Marquette housing, meal charges or general fees). The scholarship is renewable each year of the recipient’s four-year (eight-semester) undergraduate program provided the recipient remains in good academic standing and completes the FAFSA annually.
The Bridge the Gap scholarship to Marquette University is intended to help the student and their family fund the difference in cost after merit awards granted from Marquette University, additional scholarship awards and all federal and state aid has been applied to the total cost of room and board (for Freshman and Sophomore year), tuition and fees. We ask that the family make a full-faith effort in funding the education by working through the process of applying for Financial Aid (including federal and local grants and scholarships), scholarships through Marquette and their own ability to contribute financially. After the $10,000 Bridge the Gap scholarship has been applied, if there is still a “Bridge the Gap” difference, yearly reviews will be conducted with the family and DGT to determine the amount additionally provided through the Bridge the Gap Scholarship in order to fund the student’s education at Marquette University.
In addition to the two scholarships, the Do Great Things Experiential Learning Fund is designed to assist the Do Great Things Scholarship recipients once attending Marquette University and fund opportunities that might be difficult for the student to fund. Examples include but are not limited to study abroad opportunities, basketball season tickets, costs associated with a summer internship, class trips and summer research opportunities.
You can apply using the Marquette application or the Common Application. Marquette states that there is no preference of one application over the other, so feel free to apply using the application that’s best for you. Keep in mind that the admissions team at Marquette often states that the essay portion of an application along with listing your extracurricular activities during high school are just as important as your high school transcripts. You may also submit a personal statement and letters of recommendation.
Apply beginning August 1st. Deadline is December 1st.
Applications completed by December 1 will receive a decision before the end of the year. Applications received after the December 1 deadline are considered late and will be reviewed on a space-available basis beginning in January. When applying to Marquette University, every student is eligible for Père Marquette Award gift assistance, Marquette’s largest offering of scholarship to students. All full-time applicants to Marquette are considered for the Père Marquette Award program and no additional application is required. In your acceptance letter from Marquette, the amount of the scholarship will be listed in your letter.
Do Great Things Scholarship Tip: Begin working on your essay in September by brainstorming ideas for whichever question you choose to answer. GET HELP from your advisors. Remember that most students write numerous drafts before they are ready to submit their essay.
Do Great Things Scholarship Tip: Take advantage of touring Marquette or speaking to a Marquette Admissions Representative when they visit Green Bay West during your Junior year, or even Sophomore year.
Do Great Things Scholarship Tip: List every extracurricular activity – all sports, clubs, jobs, community service on your application. Submit a personal statement and send at least one letter of recommendation. Make sure you allow plenty of time for whoever you ask for a recommendation – at least two weeks. Make sure you thank them afterward.
It is very important to fill out the FAFSA online no later than February 1st. The site opens mid-October. FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The forms are based on tax documents from the prior year so there is no need to wait to fill out the forms. Green Bay West hosts a FAFSA information night and Marquette Financial Aid has created videos to explain the application process. You can also view key steps, cost of attendance, types of aid and scholarships and additional resources at Marquette’s Financial Aid website. Marquette also offers virtual appointments to help understand the process of applying and receiving aid, the various additional grants and scholarships available beyond federal and state aid that can help with the cost of attending college.
To be eligible for one of the two Do Great Things Scholarships, you need to apply to Marquette University and fill out your FAFSA application online. There is no further application that you need to complete.
The admissions team at Marquette University will consider all student applications from Green Bay West High School for the Do Great Things Scholarship awards.
Scholarship awards will be announced mid-spring. The deadline for accepting admission to Marquette University is May 1st.