The Kellogg Community College Foundation is pleased to announce April Pelfrey as the 2018 recipient of the Foundation’s prestigious Virginia M. Hensley Education or Health Care Two-Year Transfer Scholarship for the Highest Achieving Kellogg Community College Graduates.
Pelfrey is the eighth recipient to receive the annual scholarship, which is awarded for up to two years to a graduating KCC student transferring to a select university in Michigan to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the education or health field.
The scholarship award is equal to the total amount of tuition and fees at the university of the recipient’s choice, which for Pelfrey is Western Michigan University.
Pelfrey, of Kalamazoo, was a home-schooled student who dual-enrolled at Kalamazoo Valley Community College before attending KCC. Pelfrey was awarded the KCC Foundation’s Edward P. and Kathryn M Bellas Gold Key Scholarship in 2015 and graduated from KCC’s PTA Program this spring.
She’s now working toward a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Health Services at WMU and hopes to join the university’s new Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in the fall of 2019 or 2020.
The Virginia M. Hensley Tranfer Scholarship was established in November 2011 by Virginia Hensley. Hensley attended kindergarten through eighth grade at an elementary school located on the campus of Central Michigan University, attended high school locally and then returned to CMU for a degree in education. Hensley retired in 1983 after a distinguished, 38-year teaching career at McKinley Elementary School in Battle Creek, where she mostly taught third grade. Hensley also taught for two years at Battle Creek’s Lincoln Elementary School.
Hensley has a passion for education and feels that whenever possible high-achieving students should be afforded every opportunity to continue their studies.
For more information about the Virginia M. Hensley Education or Health Care Two-Year Transfer Scholarship for the Highest Achieving Kellogg Community College Graduates or other KCC Foundation scholarships, please contact KCC Foundation Executive Director Teresa Durham at 269-965-4161 or visit www.kellogg.edu/foundation.
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