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Scholarship Puts College Dream Within Reach

August 2008

Mark Drennen at LDSBC Mark Drennen at LDS Business College.

Growing up in rural Appalachia, Mark Drennen assumed he’d never go to college. Like many families in the area, the Drennens were not able to finance college. Mark had to help support his family by working part-time at the age of 14 and full-time by his 16th birthday. His older brother had to drop out of college to care for his family, so as Mark grew older, he believed a college education was beyond his grasp.
At age 26, Mark decided to save as much money as he could to help with living expenses should he ever get to college. He married at 27, and his wife worked to help make college a reality for him. Two years later Mark qualified for two student loans and moved to Utah to attend LDS Business College (LDSBC). “I chose LDS Business College because of the wonderful standards, the atmosphere, and the price of tuition,” said Mark. “The college helped me acclimate to school. The small classes and close interaction helped me learn many new things.”

During his second year at LDSBC, Mark received the Sophomore Scholarship. “I am so grateful for this help,” he said. “Without the scholarship, I would not be able to focus on school. I currently have a cumulative GPA of 4.0 and I attribute this to my financial aid. Donor funds make it possible for me to go to school and focus on gaining an education.”

Part of Mark’s education revolves around his campus service. “My most significant accomplishment here has been my involvement with Lion’s Den PC—a student service organization,” said Mark. “We refurbish and sell used computer equipment to raise money for our service projects. Currently we are sending 17 PCs to a rural medical clinic in Ghana. The computers are ready to go; we just need to raise the money to ship them.”

Mark is grateful to those who help provide scholarships at LDS Business College. “Thank you so much for making this possible for me,” he said. “I hope to be able to help others the way I have been helped. LDS Business College has taught me the value of education. I really love this school!”

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