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Title: Student affairs update
Series Title: Student affairs update
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Language: English
Creator: Divison of Student Affairs, University of Florida
Publisher: University of Florida Division of Student Affairs
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: November 2006
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Division of Student Affairs
EDUCATING LEADERS FOR A GLOBAL COMMUNITY


UNIVERSITY
UFIFLORIDA


Division of Student Affairs
155 Tigert Hall
PO Box 113250
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-3250
www.ufsa.ufl.edu/ovp



"This scholarship will allow me to set
the bar for future generations of my
family. It is truly making dreams come
true."
Brandon White
Florida Opportunity Scholar





















Contact information for this publication:

Office of the Vice President for
Student Affairs
155 Tigert Hall
PO Box 113250
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-3250
www.ufsa.ufl.edu/ovp

*This publication is available in
alternative print format upon request.


Student Affairs Update

FLORIDA OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARS PROGRAM

The Florida Opportunity Scholars Program is a new initiative to
ensure that first-generation-in-college students from economically
disadvantaged backgrounds have the resources they need to
be academically successful at UF. The goal of the program is to retain
these students and have them graduate at rates at least equal to the
undergraduate population at large.


Recipient Demographics

The Florida Opportunity Scholars
Program began Summer 2006 with
207 students. At this time, there are
445 Florida Opportunity Scholars
attending UF. The chart below
summarizes recipient demographics.


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at fall reception

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Recipients

Admission Date
Summer '06
Fall '06


Gender
Male
Female


Race
African American
Hispanic
While
Asian American
Olher/Unknown

Average Family Income
Average Financial Need
Total Grant/Scholarships
Average FOSP Award
Total FOSP


182
104
93
49
17

$24,079
$13,768
$6,127,619
$3,672
$1,634,113








To be eligible for a Florida
Opportunity Scholarship, a
student must:

* Be a Florida resident and
U. S. citizen, national or
permanent resident.

* Be a first-time in college
entering freshman
beginning Summer B 2006
or later.

* Be accepted for admission
to UF as an undergraduate.

* Be a first-generation college
student. This means neither
parent has a bachelor's
degree.

* Have demonstrated financial
need as determined from aid
application. The parents'
total annual income must be
less than $40,000.


Division of Student Affairs:: 155 Tigert Hall


Program Philosophy

First-generation-in-college students have unique needs and challenges.
The Florida Opportunity Scholars Program was developed to expand
the opportunities for academically prepared first-generation-in-college
students to attend UF without being overwhelmed with the additional costs
of attending college like paying for books and fees, meals and housing,
transportation, and other miscellaneous expenses. A number of support
strategies that target this group have been developed to ensure academic
success, engagement at UF, social interaction, and a sense of belonging to
the UF community. These strategies include:

Providing financial aid packages that ensure that qualified students complete their
undergraduate education debt-free.
Scheduling beginning of term receptions with the UF President and other state
and campus leaders.
Providing "Navigating the Swamp," a one-half day orientation.
Providing a series of financial literacy mini-courses.
Providing a counseling empowerment support group for first generation college students.
Providing interventions for students struggling with certain math and science classes.
SRequiring mandatory participation in SLS 1102, "Enhancing the Freshman Year
Experience," a semester long one-credit course.
Providing a peer mentor support program.

Supporting Florida Opportunity Scholars

The Florida Opportunity Scholars Program continues to
grow. A development campaign was recently launched
to provide for future increased costs as new recipients
are selected for each freshman class. Contributions are
matched dollar-for-dollar by the state of Florida's First
Generation Matching Grant Program. To make a gift
online, go to:

www.uff.ufl.edu/OnlineGiving/F undDetailasp?FundCode=012979

Florida Opportunity Scholars at fall reception



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