An Orlando area high school student lived out her college dreams Friday by earning on-the-spot college admission and at least $75,000 in college scholarships during the HBCU Week College Fair at Walt Disney World Resort.
Drum Major Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney World Ambassador Raevon Redding and Disney on the Yard executives were on hand at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex for the celebratory moment when Djahnel Reid from Maynard Evans Senior High School (Orlando) received the surprise of a lifetime. Bethune-Cookman University, which was her dream school, accepted Reid on-the-spot. And Reid was given a $50,000 college scholarship from Propel, powered by Southern Company, plus an additional $25,000 from B-CU for a total of $75,000.
Reid, an ambassador of program called Elevate Orlando, said biggest inspiration is her father who has suffered three near fatal strokes, leaving Reid to often wonder what life would be like without him. Reid’s father was not able to go to college and that fuels her motivation to not only go to college, but to excel academically. She has a 4.2 GPA and hopes to one day be an accountant or real estate mogul.