Community College Scholar
"I love government affairs both at the college and national level and have many government-focused aspirations, ranging from becoming an administrator for student affairs, specifically at a community college, to running for public office and creating a lobbying firm for higher education."
Sean Fortney '12, education and political science
Class of 2012 update: After graduation, Sean is going to New Zealand for a month to study higher education. He'll then go to Florida for two months to work for a talented youth program before he begins a master's degree program in student affairs administration at Michigan State University.
"There's a pretty involved story behind how I made it to Bucknell. I've known about Bucknell since high school, but I wasn't sure I would be attending college after graduation. I ended up enrolling at Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) and, because I was responsible for financing my education, dedicated myself to the college and my studies. HACC notified me that I was eligible for a scholarship through the Community College Scholars Program and I immediately began looking for opportunities to use the resource.
"After attending a summer program at Bucknell (Bucknell Community College Scholars Summer Program), I realized I could achieve my goals here. I didn't expect the administration and staff to be so accessible and helpful. When I was in high school, I didn't receive a lot of support; coming here and asking for help and seeing the accessibility was shocking and unexpected. I didn't feel like I deserved the attention until I came to Bucknell as a Community College Scholar.
"The idea of the Community College Scholars Program, and Jack Kent Cooke's vision, is to take students who are less fortunate and provide them with the opportunity to come to a school like Bucknell and achieve. We're just as intelligent and talented as any other student accepted; we just can't afford Bucknell on our own."
"I'm double-majoring in education, with a concentration in college student personnel, and political science, with a concentration in American politics. I love government affairs both at the college and national level and have many government-focused aspirations, ranging from becoming an administrator for student affairs, specifically at a community college, to running for public office and creating a lobbying firm for higher education.
"At Bucknell, I have so many mentors who have helped me better understand my interest — Dean Conrad, Dean Badal, and Professor Joseph Murray, to name a few, have all been so eager to talk to me and have helped advise me on how to achieve my goals."
"I'm in Two Past Midnight, one of the student a cappella groups, where I both sing and beat box. I'm a vocalist and the public relations chair for Concert Chorale. I'm the student chair for the Committee on Complementary Activities and, beginning in spring 2011, I will be vice president of operations for the umbrella organization, Activities and Campus Events (ACE). I also sit on two committees within ACE: Comedy and Late Night.
"I'm the vice president of the Bucknell University Student Transfer Association (BUSTA). I sit on the Council for Greek Life but remain an independent. I serve on the Off Campus Living Review Board. I'm in CHOICE and a member of C.A.L.V.I.N. & H.O.B.B.E.S., two organizations that provide opportunities for substance-free living arrangements on campus as well as substance-free programming.
"I'm a member of the Debate and the Outdoors clubs. I also sit on the Student Government Appropriations Committee and plan on running for a position in Bucknell Student Government for spring 2011."
Sean is from Mechanicsburg, Pa.Posted Jan. 13, 2011