FIRST GENERATION SUMMIT HELPS STUDENTS CLAIM THEIR STORIES

Gainesville, FL – The first annual First Generation Summit took place on November 8, 2014. The summit was sponsored by the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars program, the First Generation Student Organization, and the Gates Millennium Scholars. The summit’s theme, “Claiming Your Story,” was aimed at encouraging first generation college students to understand, share, and reflect on their story. There were …

STORYCORPS BEGINS RECORDING LOCAL STORIES ON THURSDAY

(This article was orignially published February 5 on the Gainesville Sun: http://www.gainesville.com/article/20140205/ARTICLES/140209773/1182?Title=StoryCorps-begins-recording-local-stories-on-Thursday#gsc.tab=0) By Jana Berkowitz Jerome Fulton Jr. lost both his parents to violence. After living with relatives and enduring heated custody battles, he graduated high school a semester early and enrolled at the University of Florida. Fulton will record his story during StoryCorps’ visit to Gainesville on Thursday. “I …

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 …

MACHEN FLORIDA OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARS PROGRAM RECEIVES $1 MILLION GIFT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A retired University of Florida professor has donated $1 million to support UF’s Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars program so students from low-income backgrounds can follow his path to higher education. Dr. Paul Nicoletti’s gift will create graduate-level scholarships in UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He made the gift this winter during a four-month fundraising drive that collected …

$10 MILLION ANONYMOUS GIFT TO SUPPORT FOS

ALUMNI, FRIENDS FROM ALL 50 STATES AND MORE THAN 90 COUNTRIES HELP SPUR INNOVATION IN EVERYTHING FROM TOMATOES AND MEDICINE TO SPACE EXPLORATION AND ROBOTICS The University of Florida today celebrates the successful conclusion of its Florida Tomorrow campaign, which raised more than $1.7 billion in gifts, pledges and commitments — $201 million more than the $1.5 million goal – …

INTERNSHIP SPOTLIGHT – GENESIS LARA

Genesis Lara is a third-year History major and Samuel Proctor Oral History Program intern this summer in Arizona. She is working on an oral history project, where she interviews teachers of banned Mexican American Studies in the Tucson Unified School District. Genesis shared some thoughts below about her experience. “As an FOS student the one thing that I know is the value …

INTERNSHIP SPOTLIGHT – DOMINIQUE WHITEHEAD

This summer Dominique Whitehead is interning with Camp Adventure, a program that works at the CDCs (Child Development Centers), in Hawaii. She also helps run day camps for military children so they can have fun and take their minds off of their parents deployment.

ASM UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

University of Florida Microbiology and Honors student and Florida Opportunity Scholar, Ericka Kirkpatrick is the 2012 recipient of the American Society for Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship.  The Fellowship (co-sponsored by the University of Florida Honors College) will offer Ericka an opportunity to test the role of Salmonella virulence genes in the interactions with vegetables.