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 my dreams came true,” Elta said. “Four years later, I walked across the stage as a first-generation… Read More »

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 $15 million for the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars program. Donors rallied… Read More »

$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 – and is now one of the most successful ever completed by a public university.

The funds raised from Florida… Read More »

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.

Johnson Scholarship Foundation pledges $1 million to Florida Opportunity Scholarships

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- The Johnson Scholarship Foundation has pledged $1 million -- $200,000 per year for five years -- in a challenge grant benefiting the endowment for the Florida Opportunity Scholarship program at the University of Florida.  

The award is the first of its kind from the foundation to the university; its goal is to inspire others to give to the program.  The pledge is a four-to-one challenge grant, which means that for each of the next five years the university raises… Read More »