Palmer Trinity graduate Evan Steinman starts his college career in the fall at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
“My major is business administration but it’s specifically finance,” Steinman says. “I just like being able to put money into different investments and prosper from it. I have some shares right now.”
Steinman put his ability to make money to work by raising money for his community service project, Steinman Scholars.
“Last year we raised enough money to send several underprivileged students at Howard Drive Elementary to summer camp at the YMCA,” he says. “Thanks to Grant Miller at Community Newspapers, I was able to ask for donations via an article that I wrote. Additionally I asked friends, families and businesses in the Pinecrest/Palmetto Bay Area.”
The YMCA also provided some financial aid and Steinman says he paid for some of the students himself.
The program is predicated on the students meeting adequate academic gains, the students had to have leadership roles in the school and they had exhibit good behavior in the classroom. The student scholars were chosen by the Howard Drive Administration with input from the teachers.
“I wanted to help my community, I had gone to Howard Drive when I was younger,” Steinman says. “I visited the school two years ago. I could tell some of the students needed aid. I wanted the students to have sports, but I wanted them to show academic progress.”
Steinman says he is talking to his friends about continuing the program now that he’s going away to college. Steinman is an example of a top-notch student athlete. He played junior varsity basketball when he was in the ninth grade, varsity football in the ninth and 10th grade, and was the catcher on the varsity baseball team for all four years of his high school career.
As a baseball player, he made the first team in the South Florida Baseball Conference and the Miami-Dade High School Baseball All District Team. He played in the All Star game, hitting two-for-two with two RBIs and a stolen base. He was also named to the second team for the Miami Herald All Miami-Dade Team. In his senior year, Steinman was the Palmer Trinity team’s MVP.
He started playing baseball at three years old, played in Khoury League at six and played on travel teams through middle school and high school. He now plays for a travel team called Beast Mode that practices at FIU. He hopes to play at Georgetown and he plans to try out for the team as a walk-on.
At Palmer Trinity, Steinman was president of the Jewish Culture Club. The club hosted a several events and collected presents for needy families for Chanukah. He also was a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, the Spanish Honor Society and the Student Ambassador program. He graduated fourth in his class, won the Princeton Award and was awarded a Burger King academic scholarship.
Not only was he accepted to Georgetown, Steinman was also accepted to USC, the University of Virginia, Emory, the University of Miami and Dartmouth. He decided to go to Georgetown because of its location in Washington DC.
“It gives me more opportunities,” he says. “Georgetown has a business program that is well rated. I also want to get into politics when I’m older.
After he finishes college, Steinman says he hopes to live in New York and work in the investment banking industry.
By Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld