ISF Graduate / Adrian E.
Name of ISF Mentor: Nathan McEown
What school were you attending with the help of an ISF scholarship?
William Paterson University
What was your Major? Graduation date? Future job plans?
Global Business/Economics. Graduated in May, 2013. Future plans include establishing a career in business development and building my own company one day.
How did you first hear about ISF?
The program in New Jersey mentioned ISF to me during the time I was aging out of the New Jersey foster care system.
What is the greatest benefit you have received from the ISF mentoring program? The greatest benefit was meeting a amazing mentor who I can relate too. He has helped me a lot during my final year as a senior. Having Nathan as a mentor was the perfect match. We had a lot in common and I felt that I could share anything with him. I looked up to him as a person and as a businessman. Nathan became more than a mentor too me; I looked at him as family.
Can you give a brief testimonial describing what ISF meant to you as you pursued your degree? Being in ISF was a great experience even though I was in the program for only a year. The people in the program were really helpful in my senior year and provide me with the things I needed to finish my senior year in college.
Since Graduation: As a recent graduate, Adrian is looking to establish himself within the business community.
Personal story: Adrian’s parents passed away at a very young age (mom of HIV) and so Adrian and his brother were forced to live with a great-aunt who was not prepared to take on the responsibility of two young boys. At age 16 she could no longer take care of him and arranged to have both boys placed into foster care. Eventually Adrian was placed with an older woman who took care of him until he aged out at 18.
Adrian is very driven to make a future for himself. During his years in University, he was on the fundraising committee for the Phi Sigma Epsilon fraternity, worked at his church to help with food drives and feeding the homeless, and was a member of Young Life.
“He is one of the most driven individuals I have ever met. He is wise beyond his years and finishes everything he starts. In his job as a valet he met the CEO of a company and made such an impression that he was offered the internship in China”.