UF Scholarship for First Generation College Students Gets Coaches Support
In 2006, UF President Dr. Bernie Machen began the Florida Opportunity Scholars program to give gifted students who are the first in their familIes the chance to go to college. those who qualify don't have parents with the means to pay all the costs of attending a 4-year university like tuition, room, board and books.
Now both coach Urban Meyer and Billy Donovan want to raise $50-million dollars to raise money for the program. There are 1,100 students who currently benefiting from the scholarship, they hope to raise the number to 1,600 students next year.
According to Dr. Machen the costs associated with going to college are rising, "The cost of going to college goes up every year. It's prohibitive in some cases and it prevents people who are qualified to come to this university from coming here and studying."
The university says it takes almost $6-million dollars a year to keep the scholarship going.
For more information go to: www.uff.ufl.edu/FOS
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