In 2011, the Steilens moved from Chicago to St. Simons Island, where Scott serves as Sea Island Company’s president and CEO. Besides relief from shoveling snow, one of the first things Scott and Marybeth noticed about living in Georgia was a widespread love for UGA. Their kids soon knew everything about the Bulldogs. And when their oldest committed to UGA, the couple supported his decision.
“We instantly fell in love with the campus’s energy,” Scott says. “Combine that environment with the university’s enrichment opportunities and the HOPE Scholarship, and UGA is an unbeatable combination.”
Today, Brett Steilen BBA ’19 is putting his Terry degree to work in New York City. Madison, a third-year Grady student, recently studied abroad. And their youngest, Ryan, has pushed himself to double major in finance and accounting. UGA has made a clear difference in their lives, and so the Steilens decided to deepen their connection to the university.