Game Changer New Class Of Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Recipients Begin FAU Journey

By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor

Michel Issac and Reggie Elie say if it wasn’t for an after school program called PROPEL, they would not have received a full scholarship to Florida Atlantic University.

Both students are from Haiti and first-generation, low-income college students.

Elie said his dream was to attend FAU.

And when he got accepted, he said he knew he didn’t have enough money to go.

It was his mentor at PROPEL, which stands for  People Reaching Out to Provide Education and Leadership, Gregg Francis, who told him not to worry — there would be a way for him to attend his dream school.

“He wanted me to live the college life and for my dream to come true,” Elie said of Francis. “All he wanted me to do was graduate high school. He said, ‘graduating high school is just the beginning.’”

Francis told him about the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program, which provides full grant and scholarship financial aid packages, as well as comprehensive support programs to ensure students thrive at Florida Atlantic University.

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