Name: Haley Vandall
New Member Class: 2022
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Major/Minor: Political Science, Minor in Business
What has being a part of the Florida Cicerones meant to you?: Becoming a Cicerone has transformed my college experience. The people who make up this organization have shown me what it means to feel community, and every day I grow more in awe of how incredible each and every one of them are. Although I've only been in Cicerones since January, I can already say that it's changed my life and is shaping me into a better person.
I am so incredibly thankful to the FCAA for this scholarship. Cicerones has already given me more than I could've ever imagined, and I could never thank you enough for all that you do to help keep this organization so amazing. I can see firsthand how Cicerones has been able to shape my peers and I into individuals of service, and this scholarship is a testament to the fact that the quality of giving that we've learned here is one that will last long beyond our college years. Truly, I am so grateful!
Name: Kayla Jhagroo
Hometown: Jupiter, FL
New Member Class: 2022
Major / Minor (if applicable): History
What has being a part of the Florida Cicerones meant to you?: Being a part of the Florida Cicerones has truly had an indelible impact on my life. Through this organization, I have learned the true value of community, professionalism, and innovation. I am able to give back to my amazing university and share my story with so many students. I can utilize the challenges and successes I have had to encourage and inspire our student body, all while making friendships that will last a lifetime!
I would love to take this opportunity to thank the FCAA for bestowing this generous scholarship. I am honored to serve the Florida Cicerone Alumni Association and I want each of you to know that you have made a positive impact on my life, and the lives of many other Cicerones! I am so grateful to have such incredible role models and inspirations in my life. This scholarship will allow me to focus on what is most important as a Florida gator: learning! Thanks to you, I am one step closer to my goal of attending law school and becoming a practicing attorney. It is my sincere hope that I will be able to help other students achieve their goals as you have helped me. Go gators!
Name: Adetola Alonge
New Member Class: 2021
Hometown: Miami, FL
Major/Minor: Public Health Major, Sociology Minor, Pre-Med Track
What has being a part of the Florida Cicerones meant to you?: Florida Cicerones has given me the opportunity to serve the University and impact past, present, and future gators. I am so grateful to be a part of an organization that has allowed me to grow personally and professionally, and has given me a strong community of people that have been a constant source of love and support.
Thank you so much for being a source of support for Cicerones past and present. Your continues love and dedication for this organization does not go unnoticed!
Name: Eli Gelongo
Hometown: Bradenton, FL
New Member Class: 2022
Major / Minor (if applicable): Microbiology & Cell Sciences
What has being a part of the Florida Cicerones meant to you?: Being a part of the Florida Cicerones has already proven to be one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had at UF. As a Cicerone, not only am I given the platform to tell my story of personal growth at UF, but I’m also given the opportunity to hear the stories that my peers have to share. Being the first face to welcome prospective students is both an honor and a responsibility, and I’m so grateful to be representing UF alongside some of the most hardworking and inspirational people I’ve met!
Receiving this scholarship under Dr. Huy Huynh’s name is a huge honor! Dr. Huy Huynh is an inspiration for many in the AAPI community at UF, and I’m glad to see his legacy continues to make an impact today. I’d also like to thank the FCAA for supporting the membership’s academic endeavors through these scholarships and continuing the mission of uniting past, present, and future Gators.
Name: Molishka Heriveaux
Major: International Studies & African American Studies double major
Hometown: Naples, Florida
Graduation Year: 2022
New Member Class: NM ‘21
Cicerone Involvement: Tours, P-hosting, and Recruitment Chair
It is an honor to be chosen for the John and Monica Rivers Scholarship and I thank you for your generosity. I’ve enjoyed prioritizing service to my community in all aspects of my life and to see how others give back is a major driving force for me and this award is just one more example. As a first-generation student, having this financial assistance allows me to better focus on my college experience and my progression into my career. I plan to give back through a law degree and a focus in non-profit work and this opportunity allows me to pay it forward in my community, both as someone interested in the legal field, and as a Florida Cicerone presently. I look forward to my continued engagement with the Alumni Association and can’t thank the organization enough for this opportunity.
Name: Sarah Louis
Major: African American Studies & Political Science
Hometown: Orlando, Florida
Graduation Year: Spring 2022
Newbie Class: Spring 2019
Beat Tailgate Team Member (Fall 2019)
All Star Cicerone (Fall 2019)
Tour Committee Team Member (Spring 2021)
I am so honored to be a recipient of this scholarship award. With this scholarship I will be able to focus more of my energy on applying to graduate and professional programs during my senior year as opposed to worrying about my financial responsibilities. Thank you to the Huy Huynh Scholarship Committee for awarding me the 2021 Huy D. Huynh Campus Leadership Scholarship. I will forever be grateful for this scholarship for assisting me along my academic and professional journey at the University of Florida. It is truly an honor to be recognized with this scholarship."