Reflections of a First-Year First-Gen Grad Student

Written by Zachary Leonard on April 27, 2020 Zachary serves as a graduate assistant within the MFOS Office     Finishing the first year of my graduate program felt like a goalpost that seemed so far off in the distance, I feel a sense of pride and relief to now have made it. With this semester coming to an end, …

Life Coach Program

written by Taylor Turner on Apr 21, 2020 Taylor serves as a graduate assistant within the MFOS office   The Life Coach Program is designed for first-generation 3rd and 4th year undergraduate students who are interested in gaining guidance and coaching with their post-graduation plans. These students are paired with a “Life Coach” who can be faculty, staff, or a …

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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 …

My MFOS Village

First-generation college students are the first in their families to go to college. That means we are learning through our lived experiences rather than advice from our parents. It sort of means that we get thrown into things without knowing how to maneuver them. Our lived experiences aren’t defined by the red tape, the struggles, or the never-ending imposter syndrome, …

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 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 …

Announcing the 2020-2021 Peer Mentoring Leadership Team

We are pleased to announce the Peer Mentoring Leadership Team!   Yasmine Adams Brittnie Pang Angel Bu John Nguyen Alyssa Wiles Heidi Baker Lyzet Ignacio-Simon Lam Le Francisco Paneque Abby Farah Lauren Krumbholz Aaliyah Richlen Linda Dillon Madison Wallace

Welcome New Scholars

Thanks to tremendous support from the University, the MFOS team is eagerly preparing to welcome 350 new incoming scholars for the 2020-2021 Academic Year! The addition of 50 more scholars will no doubt lead more first-generation students from Florida towards their goal of being the FIRST in their families to earn a college degree!


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.