PepsiCo Foundation Uplift Scholarship Program

pepsico uplift logoThe Uplift Scholarship program is a partnership between Delgado Community College and The PepsiCo Foundation to address education inequalities facing the African American and Hispanic populations. Scholarships awarded to qualifying students help offset tuition and other costs. The scholarship program offers academic and technical training courses to help students complete their education and earn jobs in high-growth, high-demand fields.

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Group 2 Student Testimonials

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Andronique Frank
A New Orleans native and a U.S. Navy veteran, Andronique is pursuing a new career through Delgado Community College's Web Design Program. While her goal is to become a web designer, she also wants to take those skills and use them for web comic creation and video game development.


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Dionne Coston
I am a 53-year-old single mom of an 18-year-old. I attended SUNO right after high school and now Delgado Community College is my choice. I am pursuing a career in Computer Information Technology with a concentration in Cybersecurity and Web Design. I love Delgado Community College. This is a great experience!


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Christopher Holloway
Christopher loves playing basketball and video games when time allows. He is very quiet yet observant, kind, and hardworking. After receiving a degree from Delgado, he plans to enroll at Southeastern University and major in Computer Network Technology. In the meantime, Christopher is looking for opportunities to get hands on experience in the computer field. 


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Shavonna Cross
I currently work as a supply chain technician at Ochsner Medical Center. I have been doing this for the past seven years. I decided to enroll in the logistics program to further my career. I am a mother whose 8-year-old son also takes an interest in logistics, so when I am doing an assignment, he's right there with me learning.


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Sebastian Masion
Born in Louisiana, Sebastiain enjoys eating New Orleans cuisine as well as spending time enjoying the bayou with friends. Currently working in IT, he loves learning about technology and helping people. He also enjoys cooking and meeting new people. 


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Laaiq Shaheer
I am 19 and an early graduate of Edna Karr High School. In a world of many moving variables, I'm a constant. I'm a person who is very motivated and passionate about the things I do and I like to learn from people I come into contact with. I am open to new ideas, ways of doing things, and opinions. With work I feel as if I can do anything and be great at anything. Once I've learned a job or trained, I become proficient at it and am fluid in its operation. l'm able to sit back and observe, and repeat the step to be successful. 


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Dejah Gaulden
Dejah works as a teacher at Trinity Episcopal School. I also am currently studying at Delgado to continue my education as a teacher and I am double majoring in Computer Information Technology with a concentration in Information Assurance. My hobbies are reading comic books and I love movies, especially ones with zombies! 


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Darlene Hunter
I am 61 years old and a native of New Orleans, born and raised. I graduated from Alcee Fortier Senior High School in 1978. I then attended Southern University here in New Orleans for a while, but unfortunately I did not graduate. I have three kids--two sons and a daughter. I have five grand kids that I enjoy spending time with. I used to run track for Harrell Park. I love football and baseball. I can pretty much do anything I put my heart in. I love to cook, sew, and work in my garden. I have been working at UPS for almost 15 years. I wanted to educate myself more for my job, so here I am majoring in Management Logistics. Hopefully I'll be 
graduating soon. 


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Latoyia Lewis
Born and raised in New Orleans, Latoyia graduated from Frederick A. Douglass High School and is now currently a student enrolled at Delgado Community College pursuing a Certificate of Technical Studies. In her studies, Latoyia is focusing on gaining and perfecting core skills and knowledge necessary for a career in web design and development. Latoyia has one son and a grandson. She is a long-term employee of Tulane Medical Center and a highly motivated and dedicated employee to any job or assignment her name is attached to. Latoyia's hobbies include frequent flights, family time, and walks in the park. 


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Raven Sipp
I am 25 years old and persuing a college education. I grew up in Houma, Louisiana with my single mother. I have been in college since I was 18 years old. At first I did not have a clue of what I wanted to do, but since I came to Delgado, I got a clear idea of why I like computers. There are times where I want to give up, but I know I need to keep pushing myself if I want to do better. After I get my associate degree at Delgado , I would like to get a bachelor's in computer science. I want to push myself as much as I can. I would like to thank Delgado so much for this opportunity. 


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Dylon Cassine
I am 23 years old and studying Computer Information Technology with a concentration in Information Security. I was born in New Orleans and I'm an only child. I come from a very close-knit family. My mom, dad, grandmother, and my aunt all had a part in raising me. My family means everything to me. I am here right now because I want to make them proud of me. I wish my grandmother and my dad could see the man I have become. I am an avid basketball and football fan. My favorite teams in both sports are the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans. I also enjoy gaming. My long-term goals are to graduate college, get a well-paying job, and maybe get married. I also want to improve myself as a person. I try to treat people the way I want to be treated. 

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Robert Burton
I am native of New Orleans. My alma mater is L.E. Rabouin High School. I am a father of three—two kings and one princess. My major is computer science with a concentration in information security at Delgado Community College. I am currently self-employed as co-owner of Elite Signs and owner of Complete Network and Tech Solutions. My personal goal is to be the first male to graduate from college in my family. I am currently living my professional goal. I plan to grow and become more knowledgeable as I utilize skills I've learned in college to help grow rny current businesses and hopefully give me an entry level position in the IT field upon graduating.


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Collin Hernandez
I was born in Georgia and have been living in New Orleans all my life. I am a 2018 graduate of Helen Cox High School. Since then I've done various amounts of things from picking up my hobby of skateboarding and apprenticeship woodworking. Some of my goals are to graduate and start a business. I am excited to be a part of the PepsiCo Foundation Uplift Scholarship Program.


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Kellie Dauphiney
Kellie is a New Iberia, Louisiana native currently seeking her associate degree at Delgado Community College in business management with a concentration in logistics. She obtained her Associate of Applied Science degree from South Louisiana Community College in diesel powered equipment technology. Kellie is a devoted mother to her son, an active volunteer within her church and community, and a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success and Phi Theta Kappa national honor society. In her down time, Kellie enjoys playing flag football, soccer, softball, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. 


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Enjoyli Brooks
I am 42 years old and a mother of three. I've been employed at Home Depot for 22 years. I enrolled at Delgado in the logistics program. I enjoy reading, traveling, and cooking.


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Monterial Wise
I am a 27-year-old born and raised New Orleans native and father of two (a daughter and a son) with a thirst for knowledge and opportunity. Even at a young age growing up in a single-parent household in uptown New Orleans, I knew there had to be more to life than what I was experiencing, and I always had a love and interest for computers. To this end, I joined the Louisiana National Guard at the age of 17, shortly after the birth of my first child. After eight years of enlistment, I decided to use my military benefits to pursue my passion. I enrolled at Delgado Community College in the information assurance program specializing in cybersecurity. I will then pursue my bachelor's in computer science at LSU. My interest in technology began at the age of six. I spent countless hours on my mother's old Dell computer running WindowsXP, a rare opportunity for an African American kid in the 90s. Upon realizing how vulnerable these systems were in my early teens, I realized the two most precious things to users are privacy and personal data. For these reasons, I decided pursuing cyber security would be the perfect opportunity to work in a field where I am passionate about the work and get a sense of fulfillment by knowing I am helping others. 


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Kelly Price
I am a housewife, mother, grandmother, Sunday school teacher, customer service rep and a retired logistics management specialist with more than 20 years of experience in military logistics management. I have worked in combat supply support for maintenance, material control, demand processing, pick up and delivery, equipment management, retail sales, receiving, stock control, weapons management, mobility management, inventory management, storage and issue, transportation, project management, budget projection, scheduling, and document control. I have excellent analytical and problem solving skills learned while serving in the Air Force. I have worked as a customer support analyst on the Space and Warfare Systems Center Helpdesk for more than nine years and as a supervisor with more than two years experience as a Tier 1 and Tier 2 Customer Support Analyst on the Marine Corp Global Supply Support Helpdesk. There has been a seven year gap since I have worked for the government or in the logistics field. So, I decided to dust off the cobwebs of life and slowly ease myself back into supply by applying for admission at Delgado and taking the logistics course. My goal is to gain my certification then attain a bachelor's, possibly a master's and Ph.D., in logistics and to gain more experience and knowledge in supply regarding the civilian sector and focus on transportation management, supply chain management from a logistics operations and business ownership standpoint. I figure, I'm still alive and I don't want to have any regrets personally nor professionally. I might as well work in a career field I love rather than continuing to work in career fields that don't bring me joy, peace, or satisfaction. I am willing and eager to learn new technologies that will improve my skills and desire to get the right product, at the right quantity, in the right condition, to the right place at the right time, to the right customer at the right price. 


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Rene Harden
I am 23 years old, born and raised in New Orleans. This is my first time seeking a degree from Delgado. However, I've been enrolled as a dual enrollment student while in high school at Warren Easton. I attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette commencing in the Fall 2019. Since returning home, I've re­-enrolled at Delgado to further my education. It has been a match made in heaven. Everyone—my instructors, advisors, college coaches and the Financial Aid Office—has made sure I have what I need to be a successful student. I plan to use all knowledge gained from this program to be a well-rounded individual, to build and prosper, and to serve the community and to help sustain and grow it just as it has helped me over the years. 


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Chelsea Lee
I am an graduate of the University of New Orleans and currently a student at Delgado Community College. At UNO, I received a bachelor's degree in studio art (with a digital design concentration), and right now, I'm working to get certified in web design. While I was attending UNO, I was introduced to UX (user experience) design. Recently, I got accepted to a game camp hosted by Xbox, which will give me the opportunity to expand my knowledge on UX research. My goal is to become a UX engineer, because not only I use my digital design skills, but I can also use my front-end developing skills. I am also open to web designing or a front-end developing opportunities. 


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Rani Ally
I'm 23 years old and a graduate of Science and Mathematics High. I love to have fun and spend time with family and friends. My goal for school is to get my degree in computer science and then hopefully get a job in my field. I want to go into graphic design and make websites for people. I am currently working on two websites and would like to have more clients in the future. 


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Melvin Dobard

I was born in 1991 in New Orleans to Linda Dobard, a single hard-working mother of four. I attended Oretha Castle Haley Elementary school before moving to Atlanta because of hurricane Katrina. Upon returning to New Orleans post-Katrina, I attended high school. After graduating high school and having my own kids, I realized life was no longer about me but leading by example for my kids and teaching them knowledge is power. Getting my degree helps make that transition much easier.