Our Success Stories

Lizeth Arzate

Lizeth Arzate began her journey with Bound For College in 2013, and was an active participant in our College Readiness Program at Village Academy in Delray Beach. Born in Mexico and registered under DACA status, Lizeth is a first generation high school graduate and a role model for her three younger brothers who are currently active members in Bound for College at her alma mater. Graduating near the top of her class in 2016, Lizeth enrolled at Cornell University and was awarded a full four year academic scholarship.

Lizeth worked at the student post office while pursuing her degree in American Studies. While at Cornell, Lizeth won the Latino Studies Program Student Award and served as the President of Students onto Students, an organization assisting low income youth in the Ithaca, New York area. In addition, she was an executive member of the Dream Team, an organization aimed at empowering and supporting undocumented students.

Jean Constant

Jean Constant attended Village Academy for his final two years of high school and graduated in 2015. During his time at Village Academy he set the standard for effort both in the classroom and on the football field. While relentlessly working with Bound For College and English teacher and tutor, Faye Pelosi, to improve his ACT exam scores, Jean also starred for Village Academy football coach, Donald Hanna. Jean was named as wide receiver to the Palm Beach All County Small Schools First Team All Stars as a senior.

Jean is respected throughout Delray Beach for his work ethic in everything he faces; his skills and leadership in football; and his contagious smile. Jean’s parents immigrated from Haiti and his entire family has always worked hard to make ends meet. While juggling both his academics and athletics, Jean worked long hours in high school at Deck 84 restaurant as a bus boy.

Playing at 5’9” and 165 lbs, Jean earned a football scholarship to Bryant University, an FCS division college, in Rhode Island where he led the nation in kick return averages in 2018 and was named FCS All American kick returner. He graduated from Bryant University with a major in marketing and now works as a business development representative for EverQuote, an online insurance marketplace corporation based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Genesis Velasquez

While Genesis and her siblings were born in the U.S., their parents immigrated from Honduras. A loved and respected leader among her peers, Genesis has been an active member in Take Stock in Children throughout her high school career and has successfully completed two summer sessions at the rigorous Morehouse College Math & Science Camp in Atlanta. 

Genesis has also actively participated in Bound For College’s after school college readiness program for three years. During those years she encouraged her younger brother, Honan, to take advantage of the Bound For College middle school program offered at Village Academy and thanks to her support and encouragement, Honan has now completed all three years of the middle school program. Honan will enter the college readiness program this Fall as a freshman and straight A student.

While juggling her high school coursework, a part-time job at La Bamba restaurant in Delray Beach, and helping to care for her two younger brothers, Genesis has earned 28 college credits through her dual enrollment classes at Palm Beach State College.  

Genesis graduated from Village Academy in 2020 and is the proud recipient of a Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program Scholarship which provides full funding for selected first generation college students. She is interested in studying both biology and computer science and will attend FAU in Fall 2020.

Hadelle Estimphile

Hadelle, nicknamed “Smiley” by her Home Depot co-workers, has achieved great things since arriving in the U.S. from Haiti in 2015. 

Hadelle was unable to speak English when she enrolled at Atlantic Community High School but quickly found her niche within their four year AVID college readiness curriculum. In addition to her hard work with AVID, Hadelle actively participated in Bound For College tutoring for two years and not only mastered English, but became an A student, graduating from Atlantic Community High School in 2020. Furthermore, Hadelle maintained a heavy work load at Home Depot to assist her family with living expenses while remaining positive and bringing joy and inspiration to everyone she meets. 

Her commitment to academic excellence helped her earn a Bright Futures Scholarship, a Viner Community Scholarship, and a Teamwork Education Foundation Scholarship. Hadelle will attend FAU in Fall 2020 to pursue her degree in nursing. 

Tre’Quan Smith

Tre’Quan attended tutoring with Bound For College for six years, beginning in middle school and continuing throughout his high school career. After he graduated from Village Academy in 2013, Tre’Quan attended the University of Central Florida where he mastered balancing his academics and athletics. Tre’Quan graduated from the University of Central Florida one semester early in 2017, and was selected to play in the 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl.

After earning his college degree, Tre’Quan began playing professional football and is now entering his third season with the New Orleans Saints as a Wide Receiver. 

Jackson Destine

Jackson attended Bound For College’s after school tutoring program at Atlantic Community High School for two years. 

He is the first in his family to attend college and was accepted into Florida State University’s CARE Program, which operates to provide equity and access to traditionally underrepresented students disadvantaged by virtue of educational and socioeconomic reasons. 

Jackson is also the proud recipient of the 2017 Wendy’s High School Heisman Award, which recognizes and rewards the nation’s most esteemed senior scholar-athletes for excellence in academics, athletics and community leadership.

Donia Beau-Frere

Donia is a 2020 graduate of Atlantic Community High School who will enroll this fall at Florida State University under their CARE first generation scholarship program.

During her time at Atlantic Community High School, Donia actively participated in Bound For College tutoring for two years and in 2018, she attended the demanding Morehouse College Summer Math & Science Camp in Atlanta, Georgia. Donia was also a member of the AVID program, led by AVID coordinator/teacher extraordinaire Nickoletta Loulis, for four years.

As a child, Donia was a member of the Boys & Girls Club of Delray Beach and as a young woman, she worked part-time at that same location. Donia’s commitment to excellence helped her earn scholarships from the Boys & Girls Club as well as Florida Bright Futures, Viner Family Foundation, and Florida State University CARE.

Donia continues to juggle her jobs at Fresh Market and the Boys & Girls Club in advance of her enrollment into Florida State University.

Rodeley Pierre

Valedictorian of Village Academy’s Class of 2017, Rodeley actively participated in Bound For College’s after school tutoring program for four years.

She is a proud recipient of the 2017 Viner Community Scholarship and currently attends the University of Florida.

Dashna & Smeda Corneille

Dashna (left) is 2020 valedictorian at Village Academy High School. She has earned 47 college credit hours through dual enrollment at Palm Beach State College and enters the University of Florida under a range of scholarships that will fund all of her college costs.

Included in her financial package are scholarships from Take Stock in Children, Florida Bright Futures, Dell, and the Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties. Dashna was a three year participant in Bound for College programs and attended the rigorous Morehouse College Math & Science Camp in Atlanta in the summer of 2018.

Smeda (right) was the 2017 salutatorian at Village Academy and will graduate from the University of Florida in May, 2021. Smeda is majoring in sociology with a minor in family science and hopes to work with children in Palm Beach County following her graduation. Smeda was involved with Bound for College throughout her high school years.