Class of 2001, Frank and Marie Blechman Scholar
I constantly reflect on words from the late Mr. Segaloff, “I believe in you.” He shook my hand most mornings as a kid, looked me square in the eye and said that he believed in me. It is clear the An Achievable Dream program is working and makes dreams come true. Despite growing up in the projects and overcoming adverse situations, my team believed in me and saw my potential. All it takes is for someone to open the door. Doors have been opened to me that my family could not have imagined. Sponsors, continue to make a difference in the lives of students like me. It is your support that plays a vital role in producing high-achieving students who will become contributing members of society.
Brian McGowan earned a Masters degree in higher education and student affairs from The Ohio State University and received a Ph.D. from Indiana University in July 2013. He is an assistant professor of higher education at Indiana State University.