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Launching Ken Russell

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As a kid, Ken Russell loved outer space. He would gaze at the night sky through  his telescope and dream about exploring a galaxy far, far away. As a teenager, he decided he wanted to major in aerospace or aeronautical engineering and help design the craft that makes dreams like his come true.

Then, just when Ken was getting ready to apply to colleges, his father was injured in a car accident and lost his job. Ken’s mom’s salary as a secretary wouldn’t be enough to pay college tuition. Clarkson was one of six colleges Ken applied to, but he didn’t think he’d really be going there—until he found out what his financial aid package would be. “By far, Clarkson gave me the best financial aid package of the schools I applied to,” says Ken, now a senior. “If it wasn’t for that financial aid package, I wouldn’t be here.”

Always strong in academics, Ken has a double major in mechanical and aeronautical engineering, with a minor in mathematics. During a co-op with GE Aviation, he helped test engine temperature sensors in a wind tunnel, using the same LabVIEW software he had worked with in class.

To help pay the remaining tuition not covered by aid, Ken works for the Knightline Phonathon program, managing fellow students who call and ask alumni to invest in The Clarkson Fund in support of scholarships like the ones he received. Their message to young alumni: “Give what you can. Even small contributions add up when everyone gives.” That’s what Ken plans to do when he graduates. That’s the power of youKnight.

Check out the links on this page to learn how The Clarkson Fund makes it possible for students like Ken to accelerate their future. (YOU)KNIGHT with other young alumni and support The Clarkson Fund today!