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Student Development and Enrollment Services
Academic Success of First Generation, Low-Income Students

The ninth annual TRiO End of the Year Celebration was held on April 25 to celebrate the successes of scholars in two of UCF’s TRiO Programs- PRIME STEM and Project BEST.

Through a suite of tailored academic and personal support services, both programs support first generation, low-income and students’ with disabilities progress towards graduation.

One of the most awarded honorees at the event, Lovely Davilmar, shared that “PRIME STEM is my family and they have supported and encouraged me during my undergraduate experience. The program is the reason why I have stayed and made life-long connections. Because I became involved with PRIME STEM, I have gained research experience, professional advancement opportunities like mentorship, and transferrable skills like communication, time management, and goal setting.”

The celebration was the largest to date with almost 100 attendees including students, their guests, and campus/community supporters. Students were recognized for academic achievement, engagement in the program, completion of financial literacy training, and honoring this year’s 34 graduates. Also honored at the event were the Peer Mentor/Tutor of the Year, Huong Dang, a current computer science junior; Faculty Mentor of the Year, Mark Llewellyn, Department of Engineering & Computer Science; and TRiO Center Supporter of the Year, Carol Ann Dykes, site manager for UCF Central Florida Research Incubator.

This event provides an opportunity to celebrate graduates’ persistence and excellence while providing examples to the students coming after them. Delaine Priest, associate vice president of Student Development and Enrollment Services, reminded scholars to reflect on the legacy they were creating through their success at UCF and beyond.

The TRiO Center thanks FAIRWINDS Credit Union for their sponsorship of the celebration.