Malcom Tyson

Major: Anthropology
Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL

After getting accepted to the University of Florida in 2006, Malcolm was on his way to becoming a college student. His parents and siblings were beyond ecstatic. He would be the first in my family to ever attend college. But once the excitement associated with getting accepted subsided, he was left wondering  - "how could I possibly pay for all of this?" "There was simply no way my family could afford to pay for my tuition, books, and living costs, while simultaneously juggling their own… Read More »

Jake Kennedy

Major: Business Administration
College: Warrington College of Business
Hometown: DeLand, Florida

Jake Kennedy is small-town boy with big career dreams.

But following his dreams wasn't easy for him and his family.

Born and raised in DeLand, Fla., Kennedy had to help his mother when she couldn't walk after surviving a car crash. School was always something he excelled at and his family stressed the importance of working hard.

"I had to learn how to do the laundry before I learned how to tie my own shoes," Kennedy said. "Life was really bad when my parents' divorce left us without… Read More »

Alex Klein

Major: Communication Sciences & Disorders
Hometown: Altamonte Springs, Fla.

Looking at colleges, Alex really liked UF, but she was unsure of how she would pay for it. Without the Florida Opportunity scholarship, she didn't know which school she would have ended up at.

"The experiences I had while at UF mean more to me and have shaped my life in ways I can hardly express," she said. "Support from donors like you allowed me to truly experience college by getting involved and really focusing on school. UF and the Florida Opportunity Scholars Program were a catalyst… Read More »

Erik Oran

Major: Biology
Hometown: Miami, Fla. 

“Through the Florida Opportunity Scholars Program, I’ve discovered my love for applying science to help people," he said. "The support I’ve found has made my dreams possible, and I will be attending UF Medical School. I’ve been able to achieve so much in the last four years; I can’t wait to see what can happen in eight years at UF.”

Erik is now a studying to be a doctor at UF Medical School.

Jinyu Shao

Major: Exploratory Engineering
College: College of Engineering
Hometown: Clearwater, Florida

Jinyu Shao grew up in a rural area of the southeastern part of China. Ever since she can remember, she's been learning about the importance of education. That's why she never stopped dreaming about going to college. Jinyu is very grateful that the Florida Opportunity Scholars program provided her with the opportunity to make her dream come true at the University of Florida. She has greatly benefited from the opportunities and assistance UF offers its students.

Jinyu is currently majoring in… Read More »