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Marshelle Davis

As an alumna of the TRiO Student Support Services at Palm Beach State College, Marshelle Davis has proven to be an extraordinary student with high scholastic achievements.

She has pursued and maintained a vigorous curriculum; in which was evident by her astounding 4.0 GPA.

Marshelle has earned an Associate in Arts degree at Palm Beach State College and has transferred to the University of Miami to pursue a Bachelor in Accounting.

Marshelle’s aspiration is to complete a Master of Business Administration and earn her Certified Public Accountant licensure.

Making her home in TRiO, Marshelle shined as a participant. She attended monthly meetings, workshops, college tours, and cultural events.

Similarly, she assisted with peer mentoring students and made herself available when needed.

Not only was she active within the program, but college wide Marshelle made her presence known.

Marshelle was a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and joined the Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College.

She also participated in the Math and Science Institute, carried out the duties for Associate Justice in Student Government Association, and assisted with the conception of the Panther’s Closet.


 Marshelle Davis

Awarded for her high achievements, Marshelle Davis is the recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship; which affords students with up to $40,000 a year. Over these last two years, Marshelle has been an astonishing leader receiving the 2017 Student of the Year Award for all her efforts. She truly embodies the essence of TRiO Works. 

Orlando Morales Lopez

Orlando Morales Lopez is a very humble young man that through many tribulations as an immigrant youth he has demonstrated resilience, courage and unrestrained faith in his time of need.

This student understands the importance of education and continues to strive for excellence. Orlando is an active member of  TRiO Student Support Services and works as a student worker in the TRiO Educational Opportunity Center.

This year, Orlando received the Student Leadership Scholarship award during the third annual Hispanic Educational Leadership awards luncheon. 

The Hispanic Education Coalition is a non-profit organization established to promote educational equity in the state of Florida.  Because of his leadership and commitment to the community, he was endowed through the Jose Martin Foundation; which is dedicated to providing scholarships to qualified students and teachers of Hispanic descent.

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