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Who We Are

Our goal is to help you to realize yours.

We believe that every student at Green Bay West High School can attend college. We believe that with proper assistance all students can realize that goal.

Part of the systemic assistance provided at Green Bay West through the Do Great Things Initiative include:

  • Motivational programs and speakers to encourage passion and goal setting
  • ACT/SAT Test prep courses, essay writing workshops
  • Assistance with financial aid and college applications
  • Tours of colleges/universities
  • On-site visits from colleges/universities
  • Scholarships to remove the financial burden of attending college
  • Mentoring for students once they are attending college

Mission

Our mission is to encourage and assist Green Bay West High School students to become college-ready, understand the financial aid available to them and secure the funding to alleviate their financial gap burden.

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Vision

Our vision is to create a community-based program that invests in the students at Green Bay West High School and has a positive impact on the quality of life for citizens of the GB West community.

We hope to encourage alumni and local business leaders to form “close the gap” scholarships that can be awarded to students and allow them to make their dream to attend college a reality.

The Do Great Things Scholarship Initiative was started by Jim and Tracy Ryan, 1989 graduates of Marquette University. Jim is also a graduate of Green Bay West High School, class of 1985.

Jim and Tracy are active Marquette University alumni and in 2012 donated funds to Marquette to create an endowed scholarship that aided students with financial need. In 2021, upon learning of the limited number of students from Green Bay West High School that apply to and attend Marquette, Jim and Tracy decided to create two Marquette University scholarships that award funds to Green Bay West students. While working with the staff and faculty at Green Bay West High School, Jim and Tracy became passionate about helping more students realize that they have control over their future. With motivation, hard work and assistance more students can attend college and in turn Do Great Things for themselves and their community.

Core Values

Passion

The great thing about passion is that there is no “one size fits all” definition of what a person is passionate about.  While one person may be passionate about medicine or law, another may find service and giving back more rewarding.  Regardless of one’s own definition of success, the best way to go out and Do Great Things is to pursue one’s own, individual passion during and after college.  The single best way to set up a person to Do Great Things is to have them follow what they love.

Encouragement

The Do Great Things Initiative starts with the message for all students: “You can do anything, and WE BELIEVE IN YOU!”  Regrettably, not all kids are raised in an environment where encouragement and/or a ‘can do’ attitude is prevalent. The program is designed to provide encouragement, structure, and guidance to the students, which is essential for young people as they work their way into the professional world.

Partnership

No one does anything alone. The Do Great Things Initiative is a partnership with Green Bay West High School, the students who need our help, colleges and universities including Marquette, and the Green Bay community around the high school. Sharing the mission and passion to send more Green Bay West students to college will ensure the Initiative’s effectiveness.

Do Great Things Advisory Board

The Advisory Board for the Do Great Things Initiative is comprised of alum and staff of Green Bay West High School, donors, and business leaders in the Green Bay community. We meet on a regular basis to further the growth of the Do Great Things Initiative and ensure the Initiative is meeting the needs of the students at Green Bay West High School.

  • Jim Ryan – Chief Executive Officer, Flexera 
  • Tracy Ryan – Co-Owner, Wells Street Creations 
  • Brian Krenke – Chief Executive Officer, KI  
  • Michelle Jacobson – Principal, Green Bay West High School 
  • Sarah Schultz – School Counselor, Green Bay West High School 
  • Jerry Overstreet – Manager of Student Engagement, Attendance & Advocacy, Green Bay West High School 
  • Brian Troyer – Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Marquette University 
  • Brittney Kunkel – Secretary, Green Bay West High School