Brett Marlow Wise Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Brett Marlow Wise was born on July 7, 1985 in Opelika, AL. After several family moves, in June 2002 he settled in Madison, WI, along with his parents and younger sister. Brett graduated from Madison Memorial High School in 2003. After high school he entered the United States Army, serving for two years at Ft. Stewart, GA. Following his Army tour he returned to Wisconsin and worked at several different jobs in Madison. Brett also found great enjoyment playing guitar with his friends in several bands around the Madison area. In 2011 Brett moved to Milwaukee to be near his future wife, Amanda Strobel, who he married in 2015; while there he earned an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from Milwaukee Area Technical College. He returned to Madison for good in 2013.
In 2015, Brett was accepted into an apprenticeship program at Extreme Engineering Solutions (X-ES) in Verona, WI. Meanwhile he attended Madison Area Technical College (Madison College), pursuing an electrical engineering technology (EET) degree, which he received in May 2017. While at Madison College Brett made the Dean’s List each semester and he was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Following graduation Brett was employed fulltime by X-ES, and he found his work there to be profoundly satisfying. He knew the work he performed at X-ES was important and he hoped to build a career there.
Tragically, in August 2019, Brett died unexpectedly from undiagnosed heart disease. His parents, in concert with Extreme Engineering Solutions, have established an endowed scholarship fund in Brett’s memory for deserving students in the EET program. The hope is that this scholarship will help other young men and women with aspirations for a career in the electronics industry to achieve their goals and to keep Brett’s memory alive for decades to come.