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!

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 …

MFOS AND UF ALUM GIVES $5,000 TO MENTORING PROGRAM

The Center for Leadership and Service, a part of the Division of Student Affairs, received a $5,000 grant from Capitol One #WishForOthers and Takeya Bland, a University of Florida alum. During her time at UF, Bland was a Machen Florida Opportunity Scholar, and the president of Project MASCOT. The generous donation will allow 30 mentors and 30 mentees to participate …

SCHOLAR STARTS A FIRST GENERATION BLOG

Interested in learning more about what it is like to be a first generation college student at the University of Florida? Opportunity Scholar Erica Aguiar gives you a first hand look in her new blog project: https://firstgenstories.wordpress.com/

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 …