Riley Garbe Scholarship
Riley Garbe is a 2013 graduate of Freedom High School. After high school, Riley went on to study at UW-Green Bay where he competed for the universities cross country team and earned his degree in English Education. He chose UW-Green Bay because of the impact a Phuture Phoenix fifth grade field trip had on him when he was a student at Jefferson Elementary in Green Bay.
Going to college was a far-fetched idea for a young man like Riley, as he grew up surrounded by drug addiction, alcohol abuse, and violence. Despite the adversity Riley faced throughout his childhood, he persevered and achieved his goals. He has chosen to react to his tough life by sharing love with the world.
Riley has volunteered as a mentor for the Phuture Phoenix program that gave so much to him, he has returned to his old neighborhoods to work in after school programs and to run summer programs for at-risk youth, he has coached running clubs at inner-city elementary schools, and now he is a teacher in the Green Bay area. Riley also serves as a volunteer youth leader at St. Willebrord Church in Green Bay for Spanish-speaking middle and high school students.
Riley has discovered his calling after returning to his roots and connecting with kids growing up like he did. He feels blessed to have worked with children of all ages who speak different languages and have varying cultural backgrounds. Children have come to him broken in many forms and Riley uses his own story to bring hope to these youth crying out to be loved. Riley says that everywhere he goes, he sees himself in the children and feels a special calling to be a protector of children.
Read Riley's speech from the first annual Riley Garbe Scholarship presentation.
The Riley Garbe Scholarship is a one-time $2000 award. Riley was taken by two of the applicants and decided it should go to both of them. The recipients are:
Taylor Witthuhn is studying Neuroscience and Psychology at UW-Madison
Maya Kwasny is studying Psychology at UW-Milwaukee
Made Possible by
Pam and Bill Welter