Rosa Lira

Major: Health Education and Behavior
Hometown: Miami, Fla

As the first in my family to attend college, Rosa didn’t know what to expect. The Florida Opportunity Scholars Program gave her financial freedom during the academic year which allowed her to focus on school. UF staff and faculty members encouraged her to challenge herself and learn valuable skills to help her succeed in life after graduation. "I learned key lessons, such as the importance of networking and time management early from various leadership programs and campus involvement," she said.

She graduated with a degree is Health Education and Behavior. Currently, she works for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a public health associate in Phoenix, Arizona. She plans on completing a Master’s in public health within the next five years and continuing her work within the CDC. She hopes to move up to a position of Public Health Advisor sometime in the near future.

"The Florida Opportunity Scholars Program means hope and inspiration to complete a college career and more," she said. "It truly is an amazing program that allows many people to follow their dreams. This program motivates students, myself included, to go above and beyond what was expected."