Connecting Passion with Possibility
To say Ken Allbaugh is an advocate for education does not fully convey his commitments to students and Hawkeye Community College. The retired MidAmerican Energy engineer learned the value of education from his father, who served on the Lake City school board. It’s a passion that Ken and Meg, his wife of 64 years, also instilled in their three children.
Ken served on the Board of Trustees for Hawkeye Community College more than 26 years, and was a founding member of the Hawkeye Community College Foundation. He and Meg spent decades advocating for education as the pathway to self-improvement and worked to help others realize their dreams.
Meg, a retired elementary teacher who passed away in 2008, established a scholarship at Hawkeye to support arts and sciences. Ken established a scholarship for technical students and advocated for the Friendship Village Endowment supporting Hawkeye students pursuing nursing degrees.
For Ken, the biggest reward comes from seeing students succeed in ways that may not have been possible without scholarships from the Hawkeye Community College Foundation.
“You see people helping others to achieve more than they could without having hands ready to pull them up and help them succeed,” he said. “If you have some talent, you can share that.”
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