CBS Announces 2023 William Walz Scholarship Recipients

CBS Announces 2023 William Walz Scholarship Recipients

Published: June 20, 2023.

Christian Brothers Services (CBS) has announced the 2023 William Walz Scholarship recipients. Matthew J. Brescia, an Accounting major and Ryan Syed, a Computer Science / Cybersecurity major, are both in their final years of school at Lewis University.

The Brother William L. Walz, FSC Endowed Scholarship program is thriving, allowing for two recipients from Lewis University to receive an award for the for the 2023-2024 academic school year.

In 2010, Christian Brothers Services established the scholarship in memory of Brother William Walz (1941-2010), honoring him for his years of service and dedication to CBS. The scholarship is awarded annually to a Lewis University senior in Computer Science or the College of Business who has a GPA of 2.75+, and has demonstrated leadership activities during their college career.

The strength of the endowment, now in its 12th year, continues to grow, allowing for the opportunity to support two students.

CBS holds long-standing ties with Lewis University, where the company was located for many years, as well as the strong relationship Brother William maintained with the school. Brother William received his MBA from Lewis and served as its bursar for four years before being named president/CEO of CBS.

The award is purposefully given during the latter part of a student’s career, which is seen as an extra incentive to assist a student finish their schooling without financial constraint and recognition of their ongoing dedication.

Both students, passionate about their field of study, are true leaders---Brescia leading Lewis’ Investment club, managing to maintain a high fund level despite the fluctuations of our times—and Syed, garnering the fifth spot out of 170 teams in the year’s Cyberforce Competition run by the Department of Energy.

With clear goals set for their future, the pair was humbled by the award, and grateful for the assistance, both admitting tuition costs may have hindered their final year.

“Investing in students through scholarship is one way we can both honor Brother William Walz and continue to fulfill the mission our company is built on,” said Patrick Lynch, President and CEO of Christian Brothers Services. “It is a privilege to be able to support a student’s commitment to education.”

Christian Brothers Services will award the next scholarships in the spring of 2024.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation payable to Lewis University, please include “Brother William Walz Endowed Scholarship” on the check’s memo line and mail donations to:

Lewis University
Senior Development Officer
One University Parkway
Romeoville, Il 60446

Lewis University is an innovative Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, and globally-connected graduates who impact the world for the better. Visit for further information.

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