Name: Kyle Runner
High School: Highland High School, Blackwood, NJ
College (Current or Future): North Georgia Technical College
Major/Intended Major: Automotive Technology
Financial Aid Program: Zell Miller Grant
Mr. Runner relocated to Georgia after graduating from high school in New Jersey in 2003. He returned to school in 2016 believing it’s never too late to finish your education and keep learning because knowledge is power.
That mindset helped Runner finish the summer 2016 semester at North Georgia Technical College with a 4.0 GPA. He was informed about qualifying for the Zell Miller Grant and admits, “I was unaware that there were any other financial assistance opportunities beyond the HOPE and Pell programs…and I was equally shocked and proud upon receiving this award.”
A single father of a child with autism, Runner says the Zell Miller Grant, “not only gives me the peace of mind that my tuition and related fees will not be a concern, but also provides even more motivation to continue to perform well academically.”
He is currently pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree in the Automotive Technology program and plans to earn an AAS in Applied Technical Management. His goal is to own an automobile service center and he’s highly optimistic about the future.
Runner’s advice to others: “Utilize every opportunity and resource available to you in your quest for success. How far you go and the greatness you can potentially achieve is all up to you.”