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 of Florida (UF), a Master in Construction Management from Florida International University (FIU), holds a General Contractor license, has her LEED Green Associate… Read More »

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 for 3 and 1/2 grades (but the good fortune was not always obvious to me at the time). This was at the Oak-Griner Farm School, a two-room school house in rural… Read More »

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 in Project MASCOT’s annual Mentor/Mentee trip at no cost for the next three years. In the spring semester 2015, Project MASCOT took… Read More »

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 wear the cord. The cords are available during cap & gown pick up times. Click here for more information (… Read More »

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: