APRO Scholarship Star: Alexandria Pontius

For more than a dozen years, the APRO Charitable Foundation has provided annual scholarships to rent-to-own professionals and their families. APRO members have generously contributed to the APRO scholarship fund – award 447 scholarships totaling $1,001,750 to date – empowering students connected to RTO to pursue higher education and succeed in their future.

ohio native Alexandria Ponce – one of 29 deserving APRO scholarships this year – was rightly awarded its funding thanks to the generous support of the Ohio Rental Dealers Association.

Alex, 18, is enjoying his freshman year at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio, majoring in Game and Simulation Arts; she aims to become a professional video game designer.

“I’ve been playing video games since I was very young and always knew I wanted to get into an artistic field,” says Alex. “So I just put two and two together. Shawnee’s game design program is nationally known, so it was an easy choice.

And Alex definitely had a choice between colleges; She is not the stereotypical video game-playing zombie, sitting in a dark room plugged into a screen 24/7 – not even close. This well-rounded, high-achieving young woman not only graduated from Westfall High School with a GPA of 4.004 while taking college and college-preparatory courses, but she was also:

  • member of the National Honor Society;
  • a conductor – field commander during the march season and principal flautist during the competition season;
  • a member of the swim team;
  • Co-captain of the varsity esports team;
  • involved in 4-H for nine years – winning the 4-H Excellence Award for horses, and serving as vice-president of her 4-H club and as a member of the fair’s board of directors junior; and
  • a camp counselor for Pickaway County YMCA.

Alex has been around RTO his whole life, like his mother, Amy Troxel, has been with RTO for nearly 25 years. Today, Amy balances being a divorced mother and managing Countryside Rentals Inc., dba Rent-2-Own‘s Circleville, Ohio, store. Alex’s father has multiple sclerosis (MS), so his mother pays for almost everything herself, including medical bills for a serious accident Alex had with his horse last year.

“We are extremely grateful for the lease-to-own option,” says Alex. “It provides us – we even got my gaming computer from Rent-2-Own (R2O). It helps people – by giving them the opportunity to get important items that they couldn’t otherwise afford. And now it helps us manage my college expenses.

It also helped a close friend of Alex’s: Robert G., 20, lives with his grandparents and has saved up money to move on his own. But after an unexpected job loss, Rob was devastated.

“He was just lost and didn’t know what to do,” remembers Alex. “So I suggested he work for Rent-2-Own. The store in Circleville didn’t have an opening, but my mom recommended him for tech-related projects at R2O headquarters. That didn’t work. didn’t work out, but one of my mom’s delivery guys quit and she hired Rob.

“Once he understood RTO, he was on a roll,” continues Alex. “Rob is a hard worker and will do great things for the company – and eventually he can move on his own, which makes me happy for him.”

No doubt that Alex Pontius – compassionate, conscientious and super capable – will touch many more lives as she progresses towards her dream of designing for a major games company, like Riot Games or Nintendo. APRO is proud to be part of his journey – because this player has game!

Alex’s is one of dozens of positive stories that generous donations from the RTO community make happen every year. Click here to learn more and contribute to this invaluable industry effort.

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