b'STUDY ABROAD SERVICES FIRST-GENERATION STUDENT SUCCESSFirst Generation Champions Award - Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars, Fall 2022Our relationships with on-campusThis grant aims to support first-year,Marta L. Wayne are now in the process partners are invaluable to our work andPell-eligible students in obtaining aof creating a strategic plan for the award progress in Study Abroad. Our First-U.S. passport, and will allow the UFmoving forward.Generation Student Panel, for example,International Center to provide grants toAlthough the IIE grant was only is held in collaboration with the Office of25 eligible students.secured for a one-year period, the First Generation Student Success and theOur goal is to offer scholarships to theseInternational Center plans to support Machen Florida Opportunity Scholarsstudents early on in their collegiate career,the initiative for much longer. Several (MFOS) program every semester. Onso they can begin planning the financial andother UF colleges and departments have national First-Gen Student Day 2022,academic steps they need to study abroad.also joined with UFIC to expand the Study Abroads Assistant Director ofWhile its only the first step, a passport is anawards reach.Outreach & Marketing, Jess Mercier,essential element of international travel. ByIt has been incredible to watch the received MFOSs First Generationconnecting with these students now, we cangreater UF community support our mission. Champions Award for this and otherprovide them with the resources they need toThe Colleges of Engineering, Journalism initiatives. make study abroad more attainable later,and Communication, Liberal Arts and Supporting students traditionallysaid Emma Frierson, one of UFICsSciences, Agriculture and Life Sciences, and unrepresented in study abroad is one ofStudy Abroad Scholarship Coordinators. Design, Construction and Planning have our biggest passions and ongoing goals.Maria Selezneva, also a Study Abroadall offered to provide additional passport This year, to help support low-incomeScholarship Coordinator, and Jillscholarships to students in the future. students who may not think studyRanaivoson, Associate Director of StudyAdded Frierson.abroad is possible, we applied to andAbroad, were instrumental in securing were awarded an IIE American Passportthe grant. Jill, Emma, and UFIC Dean Project grant through the Institute of International Education. UF INTERNATIONAL CENTER |29'