Welcome to Propeller Collective

your college mentor + community

As a first generation A student whose parent(s) / guardian(s) do not have a four-year bachelor's degree. or limited-income college student, you're a pioneer when it comes to college. If your experience is anything like ours, academics and finances are definitely on your mind, but you may also have a hard time with things you can't quite explain. If you can, maybe you're hesitant to bring it up.

You haven't heard anyone talk about everything you're going through:

Studies show these things affect how well you do in college.


We Know How You Feel

and we're here for you

Propeller Collective is the mentor and community I wish I had in college.
— Kori Crockett, Cofounder + CEO

I was the first person in my immediate family to graduate from college with a bachelor’s degree - my mom dropped out of high school after 10th grade and my dad completed a community college class or two. My roots were split like my parents - half low income and half working class.

During my first year, I aced remedial math and honors English, but non-academic challenges took their toll. I made my way through four colleges and universities, including community college, before graduating from the University of Michigan.

ME (center) as a college student, pictured WITH MY brothers.

ME (center) as a college student, pictured WITH MY brothers.

I felt inherently different from my peers. I felt like I didn’t belong. I had a hard time talking to professors and other adults on campus. I felt guilty for having opportunities while my brothers were stuck at home. Further, I was constantly anxious about the unfamiliar aspects of college life.

While we each have unique backgrounds, many first generation and limited-income college students share these same thoughts and feelings. Sometimes they act as bumps in the road, but more often the road ends. So many students like us never make it to college graduation. That's why I devoted my career to helping you.

Propeller Collective and I will make sure you have the tools you need to thrive as you work toward your bachelor's degree. And, we'll always remind you that you’re never alone or “the first” on your way to college graduation.