First student to sign a Fly in 4 agreement prepares to graduate
Justin Grothmann plans to continue his education in the Fox School of Business’ Master of Accountancy program after he earns his bachelor’s degree in May.
This month, the first class of students to enroll in Temple’s Fly in 4 program will earn undergraduate degrees. Justin Grothmann is among those students. In fact, he was the first student ever to sign a Fly in 4 agreement in 2014, when Temple introduced the program geared toward helping students graduate on time.
“I had no idea I was the first,” said Grothmann, who majored in accounting at the Fox School of Business. “I heard about Fly in 4 on Temple’s website. Then I saw details about it in Temple’s financial aid materials, and I even read articles about it. I determined it was a great program for me.”
Fly in 4 helps full-time freshmen or transfer students stay on track to graduate in four years and reduce potential student debt. The program has even helped a few students graduate ahead of schedule, some earning their degrees in three years.
Grothmann, of Catasauqua, Pennsylvania, sought an in-state university with a top-tier business school in an urban setting. Those criteria, in addition to the Fly in 4 program, “made choosing Temple a fairly easy decision for me,” he said.
Grothmann maintained Fly in 4’s requirements while participating actively in Temple’s chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants. He also offered his time and skills to the Fox School’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, in which students help file tax returns for qualified members of the community at no charge.
This fall, Grothmann will begin Fox’s Master of Accountancy program, with a career in tax accounting to follow.
“Temple, Fox and Fly in 4 have opened lots of career opportunities for me,” Grothmann said. “And that’s exactly what I was looking for. I’m very happy I decided to come to Temple University.”
—Christopher A. Vito