Stracey Aurelien, a freshman at the University of Miami, received a financial award under the Nat Moore Scholarship and Professional Fellowship program.
The Miami Dolphins Foundation recently announced that six South Florida students will be this year’s recipients for the Nat Moore Scholarship and Professional Fellowship Program scholarships. The award provides students, who have demonstrated community service, leadership, financial need and a strong academic record, support with tuition fees in preparation for their college degrees.
Among those selected to receive the scholarship is Stracey Aurelien, a University of Miami freshman studying health sciences. Aurélien is originally from Lake Worth, Florida, and is a first generation student.
“Both of my parents are immigrants from Haiti, and they worked very hard to provide for me and me,” said Aurélien, who is the second child of five in his family. “Regardless, they always emphasized excellence in school and staying on top of my studies. ”
Aurélien said she worked hard throughout high school to qualify for scholarships that would lower tuition fees. At Lake Worth Community High School, she was a member of the National Honor Society and the Key Club and a member of Path to College. She was also a member of several other student organizations and participated in extracurricular activities.
“I am really happy that the Miami Dolphins Foundation chose me to win this award,” said Aurélien. “Of all the students who applied, being one of the six to get the scholarship makes me feel so supported and motivated to make my dreams come true.”
Nat Moore, senior vice president of special projects and alumni relations for the Miami Dolphins, said the recipients of this award have shown exemplary character and are future community leaders who will one day make an impact. in South Florida and around the world.
“As stewards of the community, it is our responsibility to support future leaders in their youth by giving them access to greater knowledge,” said Moore. “We are very proud to select these exceptional students. “
Now, after two weeks of college studies, Aurélien is proud to be a new student at the University. Upon enrollment, she was admitted to the Foote Fellows Honors Program, which recognizes the most academically accomplished freshmen. She is also the recipient of the “Canes Achievement Award” scholarship. She hopes to continue serving the community through commitment and leadership while continuing her health science courses.
According to Aurélien, she has dreamed of going to medical school and becoming a neonatologist since she was young. Being able to continue her education with the help of community partners like the Miami Dolphins Foundation and her own institution brings her one step closer to that goal, she noted.
“My parents are very proud of me to have been the first in my family to go to university,” said Aurélien. “I know they’re scared that I’m alone, but it’s so reassuring for them to know that I have all this financial help and support.