Scholarship brunch connects donors with students

Leonard and Diana, ’80, Goldstein remain grateful for the GI Bill that provided World War II veterans, like Leonard, a free college education.

Originally from New York, Leonard’s job as a sales executive for the Miller Brewing Company brought the family to Milwaukee about 45 years ago. He went on to become president and CEO of the iconic Milwaukee business while Diana received a Master’s in Reading and Language Arts from Stritch, continued her teaching career, raised the children, and served on the Cardinal Stritch University Board of Trustees.

Recognizing how important higher education was to achieving their goals, Leonard and Diana decided to give back by providing scholarship support to a graduate from a Milwaukee public high school. This year’s recipient, Eva J. Martinez, a Pulaski High School graduate and psychology major at Stritch, is finishing her freshman year. Like many Stritch students, she is the first in her family to attend college and was drawn to Stritch because the small class sizes allow her to get to know her professors.

The Goldsteins had the opportunity to get to know Eva at a brunch for scholarship donors and students in spring 2017.

“Eva is a wonderful young student, and we feel privileged to help her education,” said Leonard, who shared his personal reasons for giving at the event.

Dr. Freda Russell, ’09, dean of the College of Education and Leadership and student Tomi Ladeinde, ’17, also spoke at the brunch that day, sharing powerful testimonials about how donor support is essential to the success of many Stritch students.

If you are interested in funding need-based scholarships for Stritch students, contact Coleen Southwell at (414) 410-4425,; or Lisa Handler at (414) 410-4207 or