Vonzell Garth has been with CAAGKC since 2014. Garth was a part of our P.A.V.E The Way program and received a scholarship each of the 4 years he was with us. He was also an intern for our Weatherization Program in the summer of 2015. Garth graduated from Hogan Prepatory Academy in 2016, and made his way to MCC – Penn Valley for college.
In 2017, Garth received a scholarship from MCC as part of the Henry W. Bloch Scholars Program. This scholarship provides students the opportunity to earn an Associate’s Degree from MCC – Penn Valley and continue on to the University of Missouri – Kansas City to earn a Bachelor’s Degree.
Garth graduated from UMKC on May 16, 2020 with a 3.2 GPA and a Bachelor’s Degree in Interpersonal Communications. He minored in Sociology. In October of 2020 Garth left for the military as a Combat Rescue Officer in Special Warfare on a 6 year contract. He says he plans to make a career out of this and is considering going back to school for his Master’s Degree in the near future. Before he was deployed, Garth was working for Children’s Mercy Hospital in their Environmental Services Department.
With the help of Community Action and the scholarships he received, Garth was able to graduate college DEBT FREE!! He received a laptop, food, toiletries, and more throughout his time with us, and he couldn’t be more thankful for the help CAAGKC provided. “Man, ya’ll really came through for me,” Garth said.