MFOS on the Move!

Tuesday August 18, 2020   Beginning this fall semester, offices for the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program will be on Level 2 of the Reitz Union co-located with the David and Wanda Brown Center for Leadership & Service. The historic first-generation student support program, named after President Emeritus, Dr. Bernard and Chris Machen, had previously been located in Tigert Hall …

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MFOS Virtual Graduation

UF celebrates first-generation students’ graduation milestone GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida will celebrate Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program (MFOS) graduates with a virtual celebration event at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29. One hundred seventy-six Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars are scheduled to graduate at the end of the spring semester. The virtual celebration program will include keynotes from …

MFOS Staff Move Online

3/24/2020 Scholars, in these unprecedented times, we hope you are safe. The MFOS staff is available virtually to assist with any questions you may have. Please contact us at ContactMFOS@ufsa.ufl.edu and we can schedule a Zoom video or audio call to answer any questions you have. We hope you are safe and you are transitioning well to online coursework for …

UF STUDENT GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS DONATE SALARIES TO MFOS

Every April, the new University of Florida Student Body Officers are elected to serve students interests on-campus and represent the student body within the university administration. In the past, these three students have received a collective salary of almost $28,000 for their work throughout the year. This year, however, the officers decided to forgo their earnings and donate the money …

500K ENDOWMENT GIFT IN HONOR OF OLIVE J. SMITH

The gift was given by Dr. Farren and Lynn Smith in honor of Olive J. Smith, Farren’s mother. The endowment will support Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars majoring in the sciences. Learn more about the life of Olive J. Smith (written by Dr. Farren Smith): I had the great good fortune to have my mother, Olive J. Smith, as my teacher …

FIRST GENERATION STUDENT GRADUATION CORDS

We are proud that UF supports first generation students and their journey to becoming a college graduate. One way we celebrate first generation students are the blue and white braided cords you see on graduation day. Sold at the UF Bookstore for $15, all graduating seniors who identify as first in their family to attend college are invited to proudly …

RECOGNIZED AMONG MOST EFFECTIVE IN NATION AT INCREASING LATINO STUDENT SUCCESS

Gainesville, FL – Elected officials and higher education leaders from across the America came together at the St. Regis Washington, D.C. hotel today to honor the University of Florida’s Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars program as a Finalist among America’s top programs that increase academic opportunities and increase achievement for Latino students. The Opportunity Scholars program was selected from among 217 …

MFOS SCHOLAR AWARDED FULBRIGHT

Kristin Quach, graduating MFOS scholar, was recently awarded an English Teaching Assistantship in Kaohsiung, Taiwan for the 2014-2015 school year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. In addition to teaching English to primary or secondary school students, she will serve as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. during her time in Taiwan. At UF, Kristin was a very involved student …

UF LAW PROMOTES FLORIDA OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARS

(Original article published January 21 on the FlaLaw Website: http://www.law.ufl.edu/flalaw/2014/01/uf-law-promotes-florida-opportunity-scholars/) By Francie Weinberg (4JM) On a cool November evening in the foyer of the Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center, University of Florida law faculty and staff mingled with potential law students over warm hors d’oeuvres. Current law students smiled and shared stories of the numerous opportunities made possible by the …

FOS FEATURED ON THE PHHP WEBSITE

UF program helps PHHP students become first-generation college graduates Elta Desvaristes had always planned to go to college, but she and her family didn’t know how they would afford it. Then Elta learned she’d been accepted to the University of Florida’s Bernie and Chris Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program. “The day I received the letter from Florida Opportunity Scholars one of …