History of the UF Division of Student Affairs - Page 86

86 For the first three years of the program, MFOS was managed by a support committee of 7 campus administrators. In 2009, in order to achieve greater success and connection with the scholars, a Program Director was hired. Because first generation, low-income students require more than scholarship dollars to successfully navigate college, in addition to the $15 million annual scholarship budget, MFOS receives a programmatic budget of $30,000. The programmatic budget supports peer mentors for each MFOS student, financial literacy education, career preparation, and leadership development opportunities among other opportunities to build social connections. The 2014 – 15 budget included the addition of an assistant director and graduate assistant. To d ay The Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program supports low-income students who are first in their families to attend college. UF is committed to financially supporting academically-talented students who might not otherwise attend UF because of financial barriers. National studies have shown that students from low socio-economic backgrounds can be deterred from enrolling in a four-year college or university because of fear of debt and concerns that working while in school could hamper their chances for academic success. To date, the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program has supported over 2,900 students since the program’s inception. Leadership F l o r i d a O ppo r t u n i t y S c h o l a r s Committee of 7 Administrators 2006 - 2009 Director Leslie Pendleton 2009 – 2013 M a c h e n F l o r i d a O ppo r t u n i t y S c h o l a r s Director Leslie Pendleton H i s t o r y o f t h e UF D S A 2013 - present