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University of Florida (Gainesville, Florida)

Undergraduate Population: 34,564
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College Newspaper: The Independent Florida Gator



Mombo Ngu
Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
High School: Darnell-Cookman Middle/High School
Year in College: Class of 2023
Major: Sociology pre-med track
Mombo’s Places: Programming Director of First Generation Leadership Program, Head of Public Relations for the UF Club Golf Team, and a Presidential Host for the Florida Cicerones. I am also a member of Navigators, Beyond120 Young Professionals, the Promise Program, and Pre-Professional Service Organization on campus.
Mombo's Scholarship: See below
First Generation Student: Yes
Reach out to Mombo through e-mail at:



Name: Daniel Badell Cortina
Hometown: Born in Havana, Cuba but currently live in Lakeland, Florida
High school: Lake Gibson High School
Year In College: Class of 2023
Major: Political Science, International Studies (with a concentration on Europe), and Economics.
Daniel's Places: First Generation Leadership Program (Founder and Executive Director), Bob Graham Fellows (Treasurer), First Generation Affairs Student Government Executive Branch (Cabinet Director), Hispanic Student Association (Chief of Staff of Programming), American Enterprise Institute (UF Executive Council Member), Florida Blue Key Keystone Division (Assistant Director), Gators for Israel (Campus Engagement Coordinator), Alexander Hamilton Society (Secretary) Past Campus Involvement: Member Leadership Program (Member), Chomp the Vote Executive Agency (Assistant Director of Special Programming), Gator Party [SG party] (Director of Content of Strategy Committee), Florida Latinx-Hispanic American Student Union (Legislative Affairs Director).
First Generation Student: Yes
Reach out to Daniel on Instagram @tiredaniel and Facebook



Name: Gabriella Delgado
Hometown: Miami, Florida
High School: Doral Academy Charter High School
Year in College: Class of 2023
Major: Business Management
Minor: Finance
Gabriella’s Places: Florida’s Future Leadership Program: Internal Relations Director, Member Leadership Program: Organizational Outreach Director, First Generation Leadership Program: Internal & Mentorship Director, Women Student Association: Programming Chair, Gator Party: Graphics Director, Hispanic Student Association Member, Cuban American Student Association
First Generation Student: Yes
Reach out to Gabriella on Instagram: @gabriellaldelgado



Three first-generation students from the University of Florida join us to talk about how they each found their way to UF. Everyone shares stories of how their family backgrounds put a lot of focus on academic achievement. Daniel talks about making the difficult decision between going to NYU and getting a full ride scholarship to UF. Gabby talks about how she made her first friends on campus and how easy it is to get involved, but she also reveals that it is very easy to get over involved and stretched too thinly. Mombo shares her strategy for finding scholarships to pay for school, including ones that utilize her talent for golf. Everyone shares their most difficult moments and how they worked through them. The panel also thinks about the future and everyone shares their dream job after graduation.


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Local Scholarships Received by Mombo

  1. Alpha Kappa Alpha Scholarship - $2,000 Sororities and fraternities give out scholarships. You do not to be in the sorority or fraternity to receive the scholarship.
  2. Community First Bank Raymond Scholarship - $1,500 a year
  3. North East Florida Medical Society Foundation Scholarship - $5,000
  4. 100 Black Men of Jacksonville Scholarship - $700 a year
  5. Sarah E. Huneycutt Golf Scholarship - $5,000 a year
  6. Rico Mack Scholarship - $500
  7. University of Florida Association of Black Alumni Scholarship - $500
  8. Karl Estes First Tee of North Florida Scholarship - $5,000 a year