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Ken

Ken, smiling, wearing his Silas Craft Collegians shirt
“At HCC, I gained experience, thrills, mental growth, physical growth, relationships – all things I can carry on with me to the next level.”
Scholarships Helped Ken Continue Learning and Find a New Passion

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Ken Apana-Korley was faced with a difficult decision: Pick up more shifts at work to pay for his Howard Community College (HCC) tuition or take a semester off.

“Once the pandemic hit, it became more difficult for my family to help me with tuition, and the full responsibility of paying for classes fell on my shoulders,” he said. “I was working almost every day of the week and then going to classes virtually in between work. And I was more or less fighting for every dime, penny-pinching every step of the way, trying to figure out where I could save money.”

Ken, who already had some scholarship money through the Silas Craft Collegians program, began searching for additional funds. After applying for multiple scholarships, he received enough money to cover his expenses through graduation.

“I could take a backseat from work and actually focus on doing my schoolwork,” he said. “And I no longer had to worry about paying for my tuition for this semester or the next semester.”

Scholarships also enabled Ken to take classes outside of his major, including sign language.

“In high school, when I was working at a grocery store, I had a couple of deaf customers,” he said. “I wanted to learn sign language, so after my first semester at HCC, I began taking classes.”

Three classes in, Ken said he has become passionate about the language and learning more about deaf culture.

Ken hopes to one day transfer to a four-year university and then become an English and American government teacher for middle and high school students. But before he begins the next phase of his academic journey, he’ll complete basic training as a new member of the National Guard.

Looking back on his time at HCC, Ken said he’s thankful for all the financial and academic support he received from faculty, fellow students and staff.

“At HCC, I gained experience, thrills, mental growth, physical growth, relationships – all things I can carry on with me to the next level,” he said.

To learn more about Ken’s experience at HCC, click here.

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