Archives from April 2012


Shaquita Goodman

Major: Nursing
College: College of Nursing
Hometown: Homestead, Florida

Juggling Advanced Placement classes, duel-enrollment courses and a part-time job wasn’t enough to stop Shaquita Goodman from following her college dreams.

Goodman was raised by her single mother and was taught the importance of living for a better life. It was through school where Goodman developed her passion for helping people in her community. Goodman decided to become a nurse and chose UF as her number one choice.

"My mother sacrificed a lot for me to be where I am," Goodman said. "UF… Read More »

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.