Stand Up and Be Seen!

As soon as Kevin Gaughan graduated from high school, he headed west to start college far from his New Fairfield home. When he got to Arizona, he started hanging out with the wrong crowd, ignoring his studies and getting into trouble.

After his family stepped in, Gaughan returned home to start classes at Western and said the challenging environment and supportive professors made all the difference. After graduating with a 4.0 GPA in 2009, Gaughan enrolled in Western’s graduate program where he also maintained a 4.0 GPA.

But his success story doesn’t end there. Last spring Gaughan, 27, was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study social entrepreneurship in the small, East European nation of Estonia beginning this fall. He and his new bride, Elyse Huseas, will live abroad for 18 months.

“This research will result in helping underprivileged people by using ground-breaking types of business models,” said Gaughan, who earned his master’s degree in history from WCSU in August 2011. “By trying to find connections between universities, communities and social entrepreneurship, we can learn how a university can extend itself to the community to benefit everyone.”

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Fulbright Scholar Kevin Gaughan