FPCHS Student Earns Coveted Fellow Honor
Flagler-Palm Coast senior Chloe Long, 18, received a welcome surprise Friday at school. One of Flagler County Education Foundation’s Take Stock in Children participants, she learned—during Band class—that she is a recipient of the coveted Leaders 4 Life Fellowship. This is a great honor as Chloe is among the top six students in the state awarded this honor.
On hand for the event was Chloe’s mom, Amy, her older brother, Dylan, a sophomore at the University of Florida, her younger sister and fellow Bulldog, Brianna, her grandparents Tim and Linette Smith, and her mentor, Judge Andrea Totten. Judge Totten has been Chloe’s mentor since she started high school.
Also crashing the class toting several boxes of doughnuts for the class, was Guidance Chair Phil DeAugustino, along with Flagler Schools Superintendent LaShakia Moore, Principal Bobby Bossardet, AP Mandy Kraverotis. FCEF’s Executive Director Teresa Rizzo and Assistant Director of Student Services Selina Hernandez made the announcement, which drew applause from Chloe’s classmates, who then performed an impromptu uplifting piece.
The mission of the Leaders for Life (L4L) fellowship program is to enable highly motivated Take Stock in Children Scholls who have demonstrated strong leadership skills, moral character, and academic success, to excel in a university environment by providing them with the tools and resources needed to empower them to develop to their fullest potential.
The ultimate goal of the program is to eliminate the financial burdens normally associated with a university education and allow the fellows to develop 100 percent of their attention to their studies and personal development.
Each year, more than 100 of Take Stock in Children’s top students from across the state apply for the L4L fellowship program. Following a highly competitive process, only six high school seniors are chosen. She heads to Tallahassee on February 28 with the other recipients to attend a ceremony honoring them.
Besides the boxes of doughnuts that Chloe gets to share with her classmates, she also is the recipient of a new MacBook Pro computer, leadership training, and professional development. The capper? She will receive $10,000 per year for four years to pay for her college education. She hopes to attend the University of Florida to earn a degree in nursing. The financial gift is based on the recipient’s individual needs as assessed by a four-year university and the Leaders for Life Fellowship.
Coincidentally, Chloe’s brother, Dylan Long, was a 2022 Fellow, and is in his second year at the University of Florida. In the history of the Fellowship, very few siblings have won this prestigious award.