Calling His Own Future: Cody McSwain

2018 APRO scholarship recipient Cody McSwain

The APRO Education Foundation is now accepting applicants for its 2019 scholarship season. Now in its second decade, the program provides opportunities for rent-to-own professionals and their families to attend college. Cody McSwain, a student-athlete pursuing a degree in biology at Freed Hardeman University is an example of the nearly 400 hard-working students that the program has sponsored over the last decade.

McSwain, a first generation college student, balances his demanding studies with the rigorous schedule of the Freed Hardeman Lions baseball program. He plans to graduate in 2020 with a degree in biology, and is currently weighing whether to pursue a career as a physician or a forensic examiner.

Growing up, McSwain and his sister were encouraged by their parents to pursue a college education. While money was always tight, McSwain’s parents were able to provide their children with the tools needed to succeed. Household items, and even the cost of tires for their children’s cars came through opportunities provided by the RTO industry.

Although McSwain maintains a demanding schedule as a full time student and athlete, he dedicates what free time he has available to giving back to his community. He is a frequent participant in fundraising activities for charitable causes at Freed Hardeman University, and works in the Freed Hardeman baseball program’s Champions of Character program as a mentor to local school age children. In the summer McSwain is a frequent sight behind the plate at Little League baseball games, umpiring for games as a volunteer.

McSwain’s story is just one of the dozens that generous donations from the RTO community makes possible. Each year, the APRO Scholarship Foundation is able to provide students like McSwain the resources they need to take ownership of their futures thanks to your continued support. We hope that you will take a moment to support the next generation of leaders from our RTO-family with a generous gift to our program. Thank you!