Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Marcus Scales (2011)

My First Generation Story

To be honest, I did not think college was in my future while I was in high school. I was the class clown and considered joining the military because I didn’t think college would be a good fit for me. I also did not think I could pay for it.

However, during my sophomore year in high school, my mother adopted my 6-month-old cousin. I was forced to be a role model and develop faster than if I didn’t have a new, younger sibling. My mother also told me there was no way she was letting her only child not go to college. I quickly turned my life around. There was a great improvement in my grades during my senior year. I achieved honor roll status and was accepted into several colleges.

I am now part of the May 2010 graduating class of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, becoming the first person in my family to graduate from college. This is a great feat today, when it often seems there are more young black men in prison than in college.

When I came to Bloomsburg, I faced college life head-on and welcomed it with open arms. I immediately got involved with several organizations and sought out various resources to help optimize my development as a student. Also during my freshman year, I applied for and received the Pennsylvania Board of Governor’s scholarship. This was a big help financially. As part of the scholarship, I became active in community service.

Throughout my college journey at Bloomsburg, I have held several leadership positions in campus organizations and several work-study positions. Bloomsburg has helped transform me from a boy to a man and it is truly humbling. I give all thanks to God, my mother and all of those people who were helpful in guiding me through this process. I enjoy Bloomsburg so much that I am currently pursuing a master’s of education in guidance counseling with a concentration in student affairs.

About the Student

FGV: Marcus Scales

Marcus Scales, of Philadelphia, recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in marketing. Prior to graduating in May 2010, he served as Black Cultural Society President, Community Assistant in Residence Life, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Chapter Secretary, and as a student worker leader in the Office of Diversity and Retention.

Student Stats

Name: Marcus Scales (2011)
Age: 22
Year in School: Graduate Student
Major: Marketing
Favorite Course: Introduction to Business
Dream Job: Entrepreneur/Investor, Director of Student Affairs

About the School

FGV: Bloomsburg University

Building on a rich history of academic excellence as one of 14 public universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Bloomsburg University prepares and inspires students to become dynamic and confident leaders by offering more than 80 programs leading to bachelor's degrees, 19 graduate programs leading to master's degrees and a doctorate in audiology, 390 full-time faculty with 90 percent holding terminal degrees and accredited programs through all four of its colleges. Bloomsburg University serves approximately 9,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.