BCC Student ‘23 – ‘24 Kaplan Leadership Scholar
BCC’s Shaquana Darden has been selected by the Kaplan Educational Foundation as a 2023-2024 Kaplan Leadership Scholar. This prestigious honor will provide support for Shaquana as she continues to pursue her associate degree and successfully transfers to a four-year bachelor’s degree program.
“We are proud of Shaquana for this exciting achievement. She understands the importance of a great education to her career goals and is willing to work hard to fulfill them,” said Interim BCC President Milton Santiago. “As a Kaplan Leadership Scholar, Shaquana will benefit from a unique scholarship opportunity to continue her education, develop her career and grow as a leader in her profession and community.”
Established in 2006, the Kaplan Leadership Program has helped high-potential, low-income and underrepresented community college students earn degrees at the nation’s most highly selective schools. The program focuses on a holistic approach – providing extensive tutoring, academic advisement services, leadership and career training, stipends for living expenses, and other resources and support to help them expand their personal goals, and eventually attain leadership roles in their professions and communities.
“The Kaplan Leadership Program is a dream come true for me,” Shaquana said. “I have always wanted to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a top institution, but I faced many challenges and barriers along the way. This program will provide me with the support and guidance I need to overcome those obstacles and reach my full potential. I am thrilled to be part of this amazing program and I can’t wait to start this journey.”