Destiney Copeland, a first-generation college student began her college career working three jobs. To say she’s a hard worker would be an understatement, but her efforts are finally paying off. She’s set to graduate in May 2019 debt-free and a year earlier than expected. She is driven and focused and understands the importance of education and hard work.
She is majoring in marketing, been named to the Dean’s List from 2016-18 and was the recipient of the USF Scholars Award along with the William A. Gregory Jr. Foundation Scholarship. She is a member of the USF Business Honors Program and twice received the Chick-fil-A Remarkable Leader Scholarship. She currently attends classes, works as a manager for Chick-fil-A in Tampa and is a team leader at Altar’d State, a fashion retail shop also in Tampa.
Copeland has done mission work in Haiti and volunteered for Feeding America. She served in the summer of 2018 as an intern for Special Olympics headquarters in Washington, D.C., where she worked with leaders to create the 50th anniversary celebration and the 2018 World Games marketing campaign.
Closer to home, she is a Bulls Business Community member where she nourished relationships with first- and second-year students, encouraging a successful transition into college. She worked with Best Buddies International, served as a USF brand representative for Fund the Nation and is involved in her church, where she has helped with the social media sites. As she gets ready to graduate, she considers herself a role model for her younger siblings hoping her path to seek higher level education will be followed by them.
She also is proficient in American Sign Language.