BBBS and Concept Z award first scholarship to Tongue River High School Senior – Sheridan Media


Bob Utter, Maya Fritz and Zack Cummins

Concept Z Home and Property annually sponsors a $1,000 Big Brothers Big Sisters Scholarship recognizing a senior who was a Big Brother or Big Sister in their senior year of high school. This is the fifth year that an annual scholarship has been awarded to Sheridan. For the 2021-2022 school year, Concept Z has added a second scholarship for the Tongue River High School Bigs who are seniors. We are delighted to announce that the first annual Tongue River High School Scholarship has been awarded to Maya Fritz.

Concept Z presenter and broker Zack Cummins shared with the student assembly, “Many of you who know me know I’m super excited about mentoring. Coaching is a way for me to fill it up. When it comes to mentoring, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a program as effective as Big Brothers Big Sisters…when I read the scholarship applications I’m blown away, not only how much the Big impacts the Little, but how each time, the Small has a profound impact on the Great… when you step out of yourself and focus on helping someone else, it makes us grow in so many ways. So, thank you Maya and all the Bigs of Tongue River, for taking the time to really make an impact in the life of someone who needs it. Zack presented alongside Bob Utter, who is the founder of the BBBS Fellowship and Sandy Thiel, Community Liaison Officer for Big Brothers Big Sisters in Sheridan County.

In her essay, Maya shared that “empowerment is the process of becoming stronger and more confident. Around Valentine’s Day this year, my little one and I did a self-affirmation activity. She was very unsure about it at first, so we took turns saying positive things about ourselves while I wrote them on a giant heart. My intentions were to build his confidence and help him see his worth. I didn’t expect to feel independent myself. Seeing her smile while listing the qualities she loved about her was an indescribable and gratifying experience.

Integrity means that a person is self-aware, accountable, accountable and truthful and that their actions are internally consistent. In all honesty, there are days when I feel like I have too much on my plate. I think how easy it would be to call in sick; however, being a Big Sister has taught me how important role modeling is and how important it is to give of our time to others. After spending time with my little one, I always feel less stressed and being a Big Sister has increased my integrity as a person and a role model. The Big Sisters Big Brothers program taught me the value of giving back to my community.

Maya plans to attend Northern Arizona University in the fall and study social work.

Big Brothers Big Sisters are proud to be present at Tongue River Valley High School and look forward to many years of partnership with Sheridan School District #1 and Concept Z Home and Property.

Big Brothers Big Sisters knows that every child has the potential to do amazing things. Their mission is to help them thrive by creating positive mentoring relationships that spark youth power and promise.

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been organizing professionally supported matches between adult volunteers and youth ages 5-16. Youth with mentors do better in school, get along better with peers and families, develop healthier habits, avoid risky behavior, and set bigger goals for themselves and their lives. Volunteers and young people come from all walks of life, and volunteering is one of the most rewarding things you can do.

You have the power to make a difference in the life of a young person!

Big Brothers Big Sisters knows that every child has the potential to do amazing things. Their mission is to help them thrive by creating positive mentoring relationships that ignite youth power and promise.

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been organizing professionally supported matches between adult volunteers and youth ages 5-16. Youth with mentors do better in school, get along better with peers and families, develop healthier habits, avoid risky behavior, and set bigger goals for themselves and their lives. Volunteers and young people come from all walks of life, and volunteering is one of the most rewarding things you can do.

You have the power to make a difference in the life of a young person!

For more information, go to www.wyobbbs.org and join the fight to ensure that every child finds the path to their greatest possible future. Together, we are champions of potential.

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