Posted April 12, 2021
Two Lorain County Community College students have been named in the top 100 community college students in the country and in the top 10 community college students in Ohio.
Akua Agyemang, 19 from North Ridgeville, was named a 2021 Coca-Cola Academic Team Gold Scholar and will receive a $1,500 scholarship. Aidan Bundy, 20 from Lorain, was named a 2021 Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholar and will receive a $1,250 scholarship. Both Agyemang and Bundy were also named to the All-Ohio First Academic Team-Top 10 and will each receive a $1,000 scholarship. The Coca-Cola Academic Team recognizes 50 scholars from across the country with gold, silver or bronze status. In addition to scholarships, Agyemang and Bundy will also receive a commemorative medallion.
“Both Akua and Aidan are exemplary students who shine in the classroom and in our community,” said LCCC President Marcia J. Ballinger, Ph.D. “They have committed themselves to rigorous academic achievement while also building leadership skills and positively impacting those around them. I’m so proud of their recognition in this scholarship competition.”
Agyemang is president of LCCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society, where she leads the chapter in service projects and helped members navigate remote involvement throughout the pandemic. She also conducts graduate level research in chemistry and microbiology and is a member of the LCCC Chapter of the American Society of Microbiology.
She has a 4.0 grade point average and will graduate in May with an associate of science degree. She plans to transfer to a four-year university to study biochemistry. She plans to then attend medical school and become an obstetrician-gynecologist.
“I’m honored to have received these amazing distinctions,” Agyemang said about the Coca Cola and All-Ohio scholarships. Reflecting on earning these awards during a health crisis, she added:
“In all honesty, I think every student that has powered through these past three semesters deserves major props, because it certainly has been a uniquely challenging experience.”
Like Agyemang, Bundy has also played a pivotal role in helping students adapt during the pandemic. In his role as a student worker in LCCC’s Academic Support Center, Bundy helped the office transition to remote tutoring appointments, while also directly tutoring students through the online platform. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society and CCO College Ministry.
Off campus, Bundy is active with his church, Zion Lutheran Church in Lorain, where he serves as a communion leader and a community service leader. He also volunteers with SuperHeroes United, where he dresses as Spider Man to bring joy to children in the hospital.
He graduated from LCCC in December 2020 with an associate degree in computer information systems– software development with a 3.9 grade point average. He is now pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems – Programming Option from The University of Akron through LCCC’s University Partnership. He hopes to work in software development, spreading joy through video games.
“LCCC has provided me many wonderful opportunities and being a student here is helping prepare myself and many others into the workforce,” Bundy said. “I am extremely grateful for receiving these two scholarships awards and I hope to continue making my family, friends and community proud.”