Plymouth State Student Nate Obin Awarded $5,000 ‘College Equals Opportunity’ Scholarship

May 25th, 2010 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H.-
Nate Obin of Plymouth State University has been awarded a $5,000 “College Equals Opportunity ”scholarship through the New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation (NHHEAF), which seeks to fund lower-income, high achieving, service-oriented students who are N.H. residents. The scholarship was awarded May 25 at a ceremony in Concord. PSU’s Dick Hage, Vice President for Student Affairs, said Obin was a very deserving recipient.

Nate Obin accepts scholarship
Left to right, PSU Dean of Students Tim Keefe, Nate Obin and PSU Vice President for Student Affairs Dick Hage celebrate Nate’s New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation scholarship at the May 25 NHHEAF event in Concord

“From the beginning of his University experience, Nate has been a model citizen and true ambassador of Plymouth State,” Hage said.

Obin’s journey to Plymouth State hasn’t been an easy one, and the obstacles he’s overcome have helped define his career goals. In 2004, his family’s Florida home was destroyed by Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne, and they were forced to move north to Winchester, N.H., to start over. Finances were tough, and Nate had to earn money for all his expenses, as well as supplement his family’s income. His teachers at Keene High School recognized his potential, and recommended him for Keene State College’s Upward Bound program, where he flourished and decided to attend Plymouth State after graduating from Keene High in 2008. As the first person in his family to attend college, he was apprehensive, especially about the cost of tuition.

“I’ve been on my own since I was 17, working two jobs since high school, so the scholarships really helped me out,” said Obin.

But when he arrived at Plymouth State, he immediately felt at home.

“Not only will the professors here hand you their syllabus on the first day of classes, they’ll give you their cell phone number too, so you can talk to them,” Obin said. “This is just a great place because everybody takes such a personal interest in you.”

Obin recently volunteered for an international service trip to Jamaica, where he and other PSU students helped rebuild a burned-out house. He also works as an orientation leader and tour guide for prospective students. Nate will be a junior this fall majoring in Sports Physiology, though his career goal is to work in student affairs.

“So I can help students like myself, through the college process,” Obin said. “What Plymouth State has shown me, you can pretty much do anything if you put your mind to it, I’ve learned how to use the skills I have to better myself and I’d like to share that with other students when I’m older.”

“He is a very giving person, always serving others whether as one of our Orientation Leaders or as an exceptional Student Senator,” said Hage. “Judging from his natural leadership abilities and service-minded orientation, I would love to see Nate one day in a professional college administrator role guiding future students.

Obin is grateful for the opportunity Plymouth State and the NHHEAF scholarship has given him.

“I don’t have to worry as much about where my tuition money is coming from; I can just concentrate on getting good grades,” Obin noted.

The NHHEAF Network Organizations are the largest source for college funding within New Hampshire and have over 45 years of experience in helping families plan for and fund higher education.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or blyndes@plymouth.edu

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