Alizia True loves to learn but admits he was not the most academically motivated high school student. Still, he knew enough to take advantage of unique opportunities when they presented themselves and recognized the federally funded TRIO Upward Bound Program as his path to college.
Understanding his obligation to be a role model for his younger siblings and cousins, True buckled down in high school. He took dual-credit and online classes at Vincennes University the summer prior to his freshman year at USI. “Without the strength and encouragement of my family, I wouldn’t be in the position I am today.” What the first-generation college student didn’t realize, however, was that once he moved onto campus his strength would have to come from within.