Florida Opportunity Scholars Mentor Position Description

The 2017-18 application is available.

Overview of Machen Florida Opportunity Scholarship Program

The Machen Florida Opportunity Scholarship (MFOS) is an initiative by the University of Florida to assist low-income, first-generation-in-college students who are Florida residents and will be beginning college for the first time in June or August 2015. In addition to providing a commitment for full grant/scholarship funding, the University is also committed to their academic success and a quality educational experience through additional support services including tutoring, workshops, social interaction and peer mentoring.

Expectations of an FOS Mentor

Each Scholar is assigned a mentor who will work with a group of approximately 6 scholars. Regular meetings, sharing common interests, attending relevant events on campus, and other learning opportunities are expected activities. The mentor assists the scholar in learning more about UF, becoming exposed to new opportunities, reflecting on their progress to date and assessing their plans to move forward with new ideas, information and directions. All FOS students are required to participate in the mentoring program; you will be responsible for monitoring their involvement and investment in the mentoring relationship.

Throughout the mentor/scholar relationship, the focus is on the student in a learner centered environment to assist with connections to the University and to provide a personal contact for the scholar. Talented students have differing needs depending on their own level of development, their aspirations, and their unique talents and skills. Effective mentoring relationships should promote the pursuit of strong scholarship, involvement, service, and enhanced interpersonal relationships that may last throughout the scholar’s years at UF.

Position Responsibilities and Requirements

  1. Attend the MANDATORY Mentor Training Retreat (DATE TBA)
  2. Attend the MFOS Orientation in either July (summer B mentors), August (fall mentors) or January (IA mentors) and the Reception at the President’s House during the fall semester (specific details TBA)
  3. Attend monthly meetings with the program advisors (Leslie, Will or the Program Assistant).
  4. Be enrolled as a full-time student and maintain at least a 2.75 grade point average.
  5. Attend at least 1 MFOS sponsored event with your scholars each semester (in addition to President’s Reception).
  6. Plan and organize 4 programming events with your scholars following the provided programming model. These programs should focus in the four areas of 1) Global/Cultural/Diversity, 2) Service/Involvement, 3) Academic/Career Planning and 4) Personal Wellness. All programs must be completed by April 2015 and the subsequent program tracking sheet should be turned in upon completion.
  7. Mentors are allocated programming dollars to be used with your scholars. You must spend this money during the ’16-‘17 academic year.
  8. Communicate through emails with the program advisors and also your scholars. We require that you have regular correspondence with your scholars as a means of “checking in” with your students.
  9. Keep record of your scholars’ participation in the mentoring program. You will be responsible for completing monthly progress reports about your scholars participation and well-being.