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Parker Scholarship helps student become teacher, encourage others to follow dreams

Larry and Kitty Parker generously established a scholarship program in 2013 to further assist students who have resided in a Lexington Habitat for Humanity home. The scholarship is open to those who plan to continue their education in a college or vocational school program.

Heaven Penney and Larry Parker (Photo provided)

Heaven Penney and Larry Parker (Photo provided)

Heaven Penney was a Parker scholarship recipient in 2013 and in 2014 and she graduated in December 2014 from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelors in Elementary Education.
We recently asked Heaven some questions about her career path and what the scholarship has meant to her.
Where are you teaching?
“I was accepted into the Teach for America Program. It is a very competitive program that selects from over 40,000 applications. Although I know that I will be teaching elementary school in Memphis, Tennessee, I do not know the school.”
What did it mean to you to receive the scholarship?
“The scholarship that I received from Larry and Kitty Parker was one of the constants that I had during my final year at the University of Kentucky. My other financial aid seemed to disappear as the years went by – even though I maintained a very strong GPA. ”
What did you appreciate or enjoy most about your home?
“We finished our Habitat home the year that I made the transition to middle school. I remember the feeling of having my own room as well as the overall happiness of the family.”
How does having a home make it easier to study, get good grades?
“I have always been driven to do well in school. However, having a home certainly gave me a sense of security that I did not have until then. Even now, I always know that I can come back home.”
From Lexington Habitat for Humanity

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