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 a total of thirty students who participated in this summit.

The day long summit included… Read More »

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 competitors from 26 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico as one of 14… Read More »

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 leader. She served as a Resident Assistant for two years, MFOS Peer Mentor for three years, and she was also… Read More »

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… Read More »

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 Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars… Read More »