Kenneth Stowe’s decision to join the Army after high school was based on simple, straightforward reasoning.
"I was willing and able to do it," said the 2015 SFM Foundation scholarship recipient. "It was just the right thing to do."
In basic training, he flourished, finishing among the top 10 percent of recruits.
"I really love it," he said. "It's been a challenge, but I've been through the worst and seen the highs and the lows and it's really fun."
Stowe said his participation in high school sports — including football, track, baseball and wrestling — prepared him well for basic training, but not for the reason you might think.
"A lot of people think it's the physical part of athletics that prepared me, but it's also the mental part — being able to push your body to the limit," he said.
Stowe is hoping he'll be able to use his passion for sports in his future career. He's studying writing at the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse with the hopes of becoming a sports reporter.
Although finances are tight for Stowe's family since his father is unable to work due to an accident he sustained as a delivery driver, tuition assistance from the Army and the SFM Foundation scholarship are helping him achieve his dream.
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