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A Guide to the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program Records

Finding aid created by Sarah Coates

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections

October 2020



Descriptive Summary

Creator: University of Florida. Division of Student Affairs. Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program.
Title: Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program Records
Dates: 2005-2020
Abstract: Collection contains records documenting the beginning and administration of the Florida Opportunity Scholars Program (now the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program) at the University of Florida.
Extent: .75 Linear Feet. 2 boxes.
Identification: Series 201
Language(s): English .

Biographical/Historical Note

In the Fall of 2005, UF President Bernie Machen asked Patricia Telles-Irvin, Vice-President of Student Affairs, to create a financial aid program to support first-generation Florida resident undergraduate students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to allow them to attend the University of Florida. The Office of Student Financial Affairs developed several proposals and President Machen approved a proposal to fund first-generation students from families who made less than $40,000 per year. This program was open to Florida resident undergraduate students enrolling at UF for the first time in Summer 2006 or later, and provided a full grant and scholarship package for up to five academic years or receipt of a baccalaureate degree. The program was named the Florida Opportunity Scholars Program, and had an initial commitment of $2 million for the 2006-07 academic year.

While this program was being developed, President Machen was also concurrently working with Florida Governor Jeb Bush and the Florida Legislature to create a matching grant program for financial aid to assist economically disadvantaged first-generation college students at all of Florida's state universities. The First Generation Matching Grant Program was established in 2006 and had a state-wide appropriation of $6.5 million for its first year.

In Fall 2012, the Florida Opportunity Scholars Program received its largest one-time gift of $10 million to rename the program in honor of President Machen and his wife, Chris, who championed the program. The program is now named the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program.

The inaugural Director of the program is Dr. Leslie Pendleton, who has served as Director since 2009.

Sources: Florida Opportunity Scholars Annual Report, 2006-2007 History of the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program, accessed October 2020.


Scope and Content

Collection contains records documenting the beginning and administration of the Florida Opportunity Scholars Program (now the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program) at the University of Florida. Includes presentations from the MFOS Program, annual reports, demographic information, publicity (in the form of brochures, flyers, and newspaper and magazine articles) for the MFOS program and fundraising efforts for the program. Also included are transcripts of oral histories conducted by the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program with recipients of the scholarship. Photographs of events and graduation ceremonies are also included.


Arrangement

Arranged into four subseries:

Subseries 1: Administrative Records, 2005-2020

Subseries 2: Miscellaneous Files, 2006-2014

Subseries 3: Photographs, 2007-2012

Subseries 4: Memorabilia, undated


Access or Use Restrictions

Access

The collection is open for research.


Related or Separated Material

Marquitta Brown's oral history interview transcript may be viewed online in the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program's digital collection. Additional transcripts are available by contacting the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program Records, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program Director, August 2020.


Contents List

Subseries 1: Administrative Records. 2005-2020


Box Folder
11 Florida Opportunity Scholars Program Academy of Leadership. 2010, 2013
12 Florida Opportunity Scholars Program Alumni Fundraising. 2013-2017
13 Florida Opportunity Scholars Program Annual Report. 2006-3007, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011, 2011-2012
14 Florida Opportunity Scholars Program Budget and Allocations. 2006, 2014
15 Florida Opportunity Scholars Program Demographics Information. 2005-2009
16 Florida Opportunity Scholars Program Fundraising Brochures and Information. undated
17 Florida Opportunity Scholars Program Graduate Assistantship. 2014-2015
18 Florida Opportunity Scholars Program Graduation Celebration. 2015
19 Florida Opportunity Scholars Program Leadership Council. 2014-2019
110 Florida Opportunity Scholars Program Mentors. 2008-2009, undated
111 Florida Opportunity Scholars Program Oral History Transcripts. Heather Loran, Shelby Powell, Juan Prado, Marquitta Brown, Min-Tam Le, Hygens Succes. 2010
112 Florida Opportunity Scholars Program Presentations. 2011-2017
113 Florida Opportunity Scholars Program Family Newsletter. 2007, 2009-2013
114 Florida Opportunity Scholars Program Founding and History. 2006-2007
115 Florida Opportunity Scholars Program Policy and Procedure Manual. 2009
116 Florida Opportunity Scholars Program Promotional Material, including flyers and brochures. undated
117 Florida Opportunity Scholars Program Publicity: Newspaper and Magazine Articles. 2005-2016
118 Florida Opportunity Scholars Program Strategic Plan, 2010-2013. 2010
119 Florida Opportunity Scholars Program Strategic Plan, 2019-2022. 2019
120 Florida Opportunity Scholars Program Survey and Program Assessments. 2007-2020
121 Florida Opportunity Scholars Program Welcome Packets for New Scholars. 2006-2017



Subseries 2: Miscellaneous Files. 2006-2014


Box Folder
122 Carolina Covenant Information packet. 2006
123 Certificate, Examples of Excelencia! . 2014
124 Florida Department of Education First Generation Matching Grant Program. 2006-2007
125 NASPA Excellence Awards Nomination Packet. 2011
126 Position Vacancy Announcement: Director of the Florida Opportunity Scholarship Program. undated



Subseries 3: Photographs. 2007-2012


Box Folder
127 Photographs [6 CD-ROMs, 1 loose image]. 2007-2012
127.1-3 Florida Opportunity Scholars 2012 Graduates [3 CD-ROMs]. 2012
127.4-5 Florida Opportunity Scholars Reception Photos [1 CD-ROM]. 2008
127.6 Florida Opportunity Scholars Poster [2 CD-ROMs]. 2007
127 Photograph of Bernie and Chris Machen standing with group of unidentified persons. Leslie Pendleton, Director of the Florida Opportunity Scholars Program, is standing at the top of the group on the stairs. undated



Subseries 4: Memorabilia. undated


Box
2 Florida Opportunity Scholars Alum pin; Glass block presented and inscribed to the inaugural class of 2010; Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program Leadership Council magnifying glass.



Selected Subjects and Access Terms

College students.
First-generation college students.
Scholarships.
University of Florida. Division of Student Affairs. Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program.




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