LICENSE TO DREAM – FOS GRADS FEATURED IN THE FLORIDA MAGAZINE

Thanks to Florida Opportunity Scholars, these first-generation college grads are on their way to greatness and are already giving back. View the entire article featuring interviews of Christopher Cruz, Rosa Lira, Emily Branscome, Kenny Sanders, and Phuong Nguyen in the September 2012 edition of Florida – Magazine of The Gator Nation.

MFOS ALUM HELPS HANDICAP PUPPY

Dr. Meghan Brumby is a MFOS Alum and a veterinarian at UF’s Veterinary Hospital. She recently made news in helping a pit bull terrier puppy who suffers from a rare condition called “Swimmer Puppy Syndrome.” View the complete news story!

One of our Opportunity Scholars, Alexa Tsongranis, wrote a piece for the Gainesville Scene about her experience as a first generation college student. Check out her story!

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 …

WELLS FARGO REWARDS UF FOR INTERCEPTIONS

GAINESVILLE, FL (October 2, 2015) – Wells Fargo is supporting the University of Florida this fall by donating $1,000 for every interception the Gators make on the field. For each interception, $400 will go the University Athletics Association for scholarships and $600 will go to support the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program. The generous donation from Wells Fargo supports up …

SPOTLIGHT ON KELLY MEJIA

The moment two men wearing hard hats and carrying drawings walked into a third grade classroom for Career Day was precisely when Kelly Mejia decided she wanted to be a part of the construction industry when she grew up. Now at the age of 24, Kelly is a Balfour Beatty project engineer with a Bachelor of Arts from the University …

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 …