Upstate HS student surprised with Clemson scholarship
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) — Slevensky Jules’ dream since eighth grade has been to become an engineer.
On Thursday, the Carolina High School student was surprised with a scholarship to Clemson University.
“He says my name and it’s just a shock,” Jules said.
Jules was named a Boeing Company Scholar, thanks to Boeing and Clemson University.
He was surprised at Clemson University’s National Colored Summit, the third year he attended.
But it was a speech he saw on one of those previous visits that he says started it all for him.
“I’m glad someone put this together for kids like me, people like me to be able to have something like this. And maybe I’ll speak here one day,” Jules said.
Jules is one of more than 2,000 conference attendees.
William Mitchell is a senior at Clemson, wanting to get into real estate.
“It’s so reassuring to see so many successful men of color in places of power and places of prestige. It’s not something that’s common to me,” he said.
The goal of these two days is to bridge the opportunity gap for African American and Hispanic men, while showing them that their dreams can be achieved.
Clemson University’s director of diversity, Lee Gill, launched the National Men of Color Summit six years ago.
“Realizing more and more that this is going to take us all. This saying about it takes a village, well, it really takes a village,” Lee explained.
Thursday’s keynote speakers included Representative Jim Clyburn and Boeing Executive Vice President Ted Colbert.
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