Archives from October 2012


Stefani Broome

As a senior, Stefani Broome has had the opportunity to look back on her experiences with utter appreciation for the benefits she has received as an FOS recipient.  While at the University of Florida, Stefani has pursued a study abroad experience to Israel, joined the Florida Opportunity Scholars Academy of Leadership, and has now found her true calling in elementary education.  Stefani attributes many of the experiences to the staff of FOS and fellow Florida Opportunity Scholars students.

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Erica Mason

Within the first five minutes of talking with Erica Mason, sophomore and Pre-Occupational Therapy major at the University of Florida, it is clear that she is a woman with a vision.  Erica not only plans to give back to the Florida Opportunity Scholars program one day, but she hopes to be involved, inspirational, and open many of the numerous doors that others have so generously done for her. 

Erica, the first Black female to ever be named valedictorian at her high school, is making the most… Read More »

Edthephanie Flores

Edthephanie Flores describes the Florida Opportunity Scholars (FOS) program as supportive, reassuring, and most of all, life changing.  Edthephanie describes her acceptance decision as one of utter amazement and the constant reminder of others showing belief in her.  Before her acceptance to UF, Edthephanie was faced with the reality of going away for college and thought she would be applying to a local college.  During high school, both of Edthephanie’s parents survived open-heart surgery,… Read More »

Dominique Whitehead

As a high school student, Dominique Whitehead was never worried whether she could cut it as a college student, but instead was fearful of financing her college education.  By Dominique’s senior year, she had all but given up on the dream of going to a large, four year institution.  Her high school cross country coach, and mentor, provided her guidance and the hope she needed to apply to UF.  Her mentor not only urged her to apply but helped Dominique in figuring out the complicated processes… Read More »

Kevin Florez

When asked what aspect of the Florida Opportunity Scholars program has been most beneficial to Kevin Florez the answer is very simple - each and every piece of it.   From the mentor program, to the scholarship and financial support, to the endless capabilities of networking, the FOS program has been the most influential experience of his life.

During the application process and trying to decide where he might attend college, reality kicked in quickly, as even with a full ride to UCF Kevin… Read More »