Higher Education Summer 2015

Student Profiles

The Center interviewed students at Fayetteville State University to learn more about their experiences with mentoring and college completion programs at their school. Fayetteville State University offers several male mentoring programs under its Male Initiative, including Boosting Bronco Brothers (B3), the Bronco MILE, and My Brother’s Peer-Keepers. Read about some of the students in the profiles below.

Hear from students at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College and College of The Albemarle in this previous post.


When I met Travis Hearndon, he was a sophomore from Charlotte, NC, majoring inTravis
computer science. He serves as a peer mentor and leader with Dr.
Jason DeSousa in the Student Retention office.






               Donovan Ledy, a criminal justice major
               from Wilmington, is a first-generation
               college student. He was elected Mr.
               University College by his peers at FSU.



Christian Ellis, a junior studying biology,Christian explained that the Male Initiative programs helped set his sights on making a specific G.P.A.







                  Keorie McMillan, a sophomore from Lumberton,               
                  said that the brotherhood and support he found in
                   BRONCO MILE helped him like school more.






Tre Cooper, from Red Springs, NC, is studyingTre
Biology and other STEM courses at FSU. He spoke highly of the B3 experience, and said it helped him in all aspects of his college experience, both academically and socially.





                           William Mobley, who moved from
                           Buffalo, NY, to Goldsboro, NC, is a
                           business administration major and serves
                           as a peer mentor.




Akanni Evans, a pre-med student fromAkanni
Rock Hill, SC, also serves as a peer mentor and explained that BRONCO MILE provides an extra initiative to
succeed at FSU.




Dr. Jason DeSousa, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Retention, and members of BRONCO MILE and B3 at FSU
Dr. Jason DeSousa, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student
Retention, and members of BRONCO MILE and B3 at FSU

For more posts in this multi-part series on educational attainment:

A Strong Economy through Post-Secondary Education

Introduction         Part One         Part Two        Part Three        Part Four

Promising Programs Statewide: Fayetteville State University 

Promising Programs Statewide: Elizabeth City State University

Promising Programs Statewide: College of The Albemarle 

Promising Programs Statewide: Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

Promising Programs Statewide: Bladen Community College 

Snapshot: Veteran and Military Students

Promising Programs Statewide: UNC-Greensboro

Promising Programs Statewide: Bennett College

Promising Programs Statewide: University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Promising Programs Statewide: University of North Carolina at Pembroke

The N.C. Center for Public Policy Research is grateful to numerous, generous supporters. Major funding for this project is provided by the Lumina Foundation for Education, with additional funding from  the James G. Hanes Memorial Fund, and the Hillsdale Fund.


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