Delaware Tech Grad Headed to Seton Hall
Johnson Receives $28,000 to Pursue Sports Management Degree
GEORGETOWN – Nate Johnson is the perfect example of how starting small can help you achieve big things. He has turned two years at Delaware Technical Community College’s Owens Campus and a degree in General Business into $28,000 in scholarship money to attend Seton Hall University in New Jersey this fall.
“I knew I was going to transfer,” Johnson said. “I just wasn’t sure when or where. Originally I just wanted to stay here one semester. But I figured if I stayed here longer the more I’d achieve and that would broaden the choices of schools I could apply to and have my resume look more competitive.
“It was just a happy coincidence I came to Delaware Tech.”
Originally born in Jackson, Miss., Johnson spent 13 years in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Norfolk, Va. and San Diego, Calif. He left the Navy as an Operations Specialist 3rd Class and ended up moving to Delaware with his girlfriend and their family for her job. That was when he enrolled at Delaware Tech and first had plans to pursue a Sports Management degree.
In the summer of 2013, Johnson enrolled in a summer internship program at Boston University. He lived in Boston all summer, took two six-week classes, and interned at WEEI 93.7 FM radio station which allowed him to see Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots, and Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.
Johnson also became the local liaison for student veterans affairs, where he works with the VA and the Owens Campus VA representative, and joined the Owens Campus chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), Alpha Epsilon Epsilon, and became the organization’s president. This past year, Alpha Epsilon Epsilon earned a four-star chapter status by participating in a variety of volunteer efforts. Part of Johnson’s scholarship money to attend Seton Hall comes from an automatic scholarship for PTK members.
“I hope everything I’m doing shows I’m a marketing asset and hopefully my resume sells me before I interview for jobs,” Johnson said.
But Johnson didn’t stop there. He also began working at the Owens Campus as a part-time student success aide, and he participated in other volunteer events such as the annual Gala fundraiser and Alternative Spring Break, where a group of students spent five days in Staten Island, NY helping rebuild areas that were affected by Hurricane Sandy. In between all of that, Johnson maintained such a great GPA that Seton Hall increased its academic scholarship offer to him after his initial application.
“If you’re looking to transfer, you have to be competitive with everyone else applying,” Johnson said. “I wanted to have a say in the school I attended.”
Johnson’s story is a dramatic turnaround for someone who wasn’t sure what to expect from a community college and was potentially going to transfer as soon as possible.
“The staff here is wonderful and the curriculum was challenging,” Johnson said. “Delaware Tech was definitely the launching pad to wherever I end up in the professional world.”