First Generation Program Success Story: Velencia Duvra
Velencia Duvra was born in Broward County, Florida, and raised in the Bahamas. She returned to Florida and experienced family hardships during high school. Duvra was declared a homeless, unaccompanied youth but remained determined to continue her education. She chose Seminole State College because she wanted to attend college in a welcoming, safe environment.
She credits her decision to enroll after viewing the famous, "Go State" commercial, which convinced Duvra that by attending Seminole State College, she could “go far in life.” She also took part in the popular Decision Day at Seminole State for high school seniors. On that day, she was greeted by a knowledgeable and awe-inspiring staff. Duvra knew that Seminole State was the best college for her.
Duvra was heavily involved with campus life. She was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, where she had the opportunity to work on an Honors In Action Project. She's also attended many events with the Seminole State Volunteers, participated in the Office of Student Life's Leadership Retreat, and served as a Peer Mentor in the First Generation Program.
While Duvra enjoyed many aspects of Seminole State, she gives much credit to the First Generation Program’s welcoming staff.
"The First Generation Program has helped me succeed in college by giving me the resources I needed, at little to no extra cost, by offering me a variety of courses, providing scholarship opportunities, and enthusiastic and supportive advisors," says Duvra. “There's always a smile on everyone's face and my questions or concerns never went unanswered."
Duvra earned her Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree in Fall, 2015. Proudly, she was the first person in her family to earn a college degree.