Big Help for College-bound Littles, from Esurance and Minor League Baseball

Little Brother Markel and Big Brother Antoine at LG&E, where they participate in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana's workplace mentoring program.

Little Brother Markel and Big Brother Antoine were matched for one year through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana’s School to Work program at LG&E (Louisville Gas & Electric.) Markel, 17, is a determined go-getter who has a comedic side – he and his Big Brother often provided the comic relief at BBBS events. He is a hard worker, but he knows when to take things less seriously. “He has fun in life,” his mom says.

In August, Markel was named an “Esurance Rising Star Student” and awarded a $5,000 scholarship from Esurance and Minor League Baseball. The partnership awarded scholarships to 14 “Call Up Worthy” students across the country, and the “Rising Stars” were part of on-field ceremonies at their hometown Minor League Baseball stadiums.

This scholarship will be a big help to Little Brother Markel as he moves on to college. As a high school student, he never saw himself as someone who would go on to higher education, but after spending time with Antoine, who is an engineer, he was determined to succeed academically. Without Antoine, Markel says he wouldn’t have gone to college. “I would have been stuck in my shell,” Markel says. The days when he knew he would get to visit with Antoine, he was excited to go to school. He opened up and gained confidence. Markel’s mom says she knows he will excel in college because he’s determined, calm and collected, but also knows how to have fun.

Markel will study computer forensics at Sullivan University. Someday, he would like to open his own business.  

Check out the full list of the 2016 Esurance Rising Star Students here.

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