Patrick Gabbidon and Raymond Tu

The abundance of innovative research that occurs all across campus is a distinguishable feature of the University of Florida. From finance to medicine, UF faculty members conduct research on a daily basis, with the help of undergraduate students. The Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program allows students like Patrick Gabbidon and Raymond Tu the opportunity to attend the University of Florida and conduct research with UF faculty mentors.

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Stephanie Rolon

During her time at the University of Florida, she considered her job at the Dean of Students Office to be one of her most valuable involvements. She began working in the office the summer after her sophomore year and continued to work there after graduation until she began her graduate program May 2014. She believes her time at the office shaped the person she is today and keeps it very near to her heart.

Aside from working at the Dean of Students Office, Stephanie believes one of her best… Read More »

Elizabeth Tejeda

Major: Sociology

Hometown: Miami

Elizabeth was raised in a Cuban household as the only first generation American in the family. Growing up and to this day, she translates for her parents and finds it to be one of the most life-teaching experiences. “My family has provided me unconditional love no matter the situation, allowed me to develop to the woman I am today and taught me, by example, that with perseverance I will be able to accomplish my dreams. I could not ask any more from them.”

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Jose De Los Santos

Major: Sociology (Pre-Law Track) 

Hometown: Villa Consuelo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Jose De Los Santos was born in Dominican Republic and moved to Miami in 2007. He and his family struggled financially and emotionally causing them to move seven times during his high school career before ending his senior year at Miami Senior High School in Miami, Florida.

Jose believes that his time as a Machen Florida Opportunity Scholar has been nothing short of amazing. He thanks the scholarship for allowing him to grow professionally and personally while attending the university of his… Read More »

Claudia Reyes-Rios

Major: Psychology & Family, Youth, and Community Sciences

Minor: Educational Studies

Hometown: North Miami Beach, FL

Claudia attended high school in downtown Miami at School for Advanced Studies, a dual-enrollment high school. She graduated with her high school diploma in one hand and her Associate's Degree in the other. However, she wasn't entirely sure what she was meant to do after she graduated. After touring the University of Florida and later receiving the MFOS Scholarship, she was sure that this was where she needed to be. 

Claudia believes that her experiences as an MFOS Scholar during these last… Read More »