The attorneys at Bond & Botes, P.C. are proud to announce the winner of our 2018 Financial Hardship Scholarship: Marshall Stein. This fall, Mr. Stein is attending the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) to pursue a B.S. degree in Nursing. The $2,000 Bond & Botes scholarship will help cover some of his tuition costs for the school year.
About Marshall Stein
Life is not without hardships, but seeing young students overcome their struggles makes the future a little bit brighter. Marshall always had one goal in mind no matter what: get a college education. Marshall’s parents vowed to help fund his college education as they had done for his older brother and sister, but sometimes things don’t always go as planned.
After Marshall’s father was diagnosed with cancer, all income and savings went toward medical bills. When Marshall’s father passed away two years later, it was obvious that funding his college education would be a “paramount pursuit.” While juggling classes, a social life, and providing support and consolation for his family, Marshall earned 18 first year semester credits by enrolling at a local community college and taking summer courses in order to save money on his future college education. Through all the changes and sacrifices, Marshall maintained a 3.25 GPA.
Always Giving Back
Marshall’s goal remains to graduate with a nursing degree, and UAB is known for their top-rate nursing program. After seeing his father struggle with cancer for two years, he knew he wanted to make a difference in the lives of those suffering from the same disease. In the past, Marshall participated in various fundraising events to help fight cancer, and he continues to lead and support that cause.
Unfortunately, Marshall ran into another devastating health crisis that affected someone close to him. When he was younger, his best friend was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He provided hope and joy in his best friend’s life by visiting him regularly, writing him letters, and sending him memes. Even after his hospital stay ended, his friend continued to struggle with mental and physical exhaustion. Marshall worked with him through that phase by exercising and doing homework with him after school.
Marshall shows tremendous leadership skills when it comes to those in need of a friend or emotional support. As the eldest of over 20 younger cousins, he often plays the role of a big brother, helping his younger cousins solve problems in their own lives.
Although Marshall admits that life won’t be the same without his father, he continues to remain positive each and every day. In his own words, “the headaches and heartaches of ‘yesterday’ should not affect the futures of ‘tomorrow’.”
We’re excited to help fund Mr. Stein’s journey at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. To learn more about the scholarship, please contact us.
Brad Botes is a principal of each of the Bond & Botes Law Offices throughout Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Alabama, and a Juris Doctorate from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. He and his team of bankruptcy lawyers have spent over 30 years guiding people through financial challenges. Read his full bio here.