Allen Powell is a Super Penn Stater! Shortly before medically retiring from the US Military – and while still on active duty – Allen enrolled in World Campus to pursue his degree. In addition to his studies, he dedicates his time to marathon training and helping veterans through his company, Ruck Headquarters.
He writes: “I put my education on hold for 12 straight years to focus on a very rewarding career in the military… However, my career was brought to an end due to injuries, and I was Medically Retired after 2 years in the medical review process and physical therapy programs. I knew I needed to go back to school. I looked everywhere, and eventually the world-class reputation of Penn State won me over. By December 2013, I graduated with an AA-LAS and re-applied to continue on to a bachelor’s in Organizational Leadership. I took full-time classes in the spring of 2014, and was fully retired [from the military] by April 2014.”
Since then, Powell has volunteered with several veteran charity organizations to help raise money for disabled veterans and PTSD research. Eventually, he kick started his own company that focuses on serving veterans, using the Penn State Online resources to conduct relevant research to his work.
As if taking classes, volunteering, and managing a company weren’t enough, Allen also traveled the world for competitions. “ Since 2008, I have been competing in long-distance endurance athletic events. I have run the Paris Marathon twice, run in the Berlin, Heidelberg, and Mannheim Marathons, and by 2010, I completed Nijmegen – a four-day, 100+ mile fully-weighted and timed marching event, held in Nijmegen, Netherlands. There, more than 5,000 military members, and over 40,000 civilians from over 40 nations, participate every year. I did it to raise money for disabled Veterans.”
His hectic schedule has not been easy to maintain, but he says it’s all worth it.