Morse Scholars

Overview Students in lab
The Morse Scholars program supports Pre-Health students in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences who demonstrate tremendous academic and professional potential at the beginning of their collegiate career. Morse Scholars are students who are part of an under-represented population in healthcare and receive structured academic, professional, and financial support through the Beyond120 program during their undergraduate experience.

Purpose
The purpose of the Morse Scholar program is to provide promising Pre-Health students opportunities for academic support and experiential learning to prepare them for their professional life after college. Starting in the Fall of Freshman year, students are assigned a faculty mentor and as they move through UF, they receive funding to support professional experiences, access to excursions, service-learning opportunities, and resources for professional school preparation. Through this program, students cultivate depth of knowledge in diverse contexts and learn how to meaningfully apply this knowledge in the field of healthcare.

Benefits of being a Morse Scholar:
  • Assigned a Beyond120 faculty Pre-Health advisor to meet with semesterly and as-needed
  • Development of a four-year plan for coursework, experiences, and service
  • Participation in Beyond120 Pre-Health academic courses
  • Priority to all Beyond120 academic and experiential resources and activities
  • Guaranteed participation in the Pre-Health Scholars program
  • Guaranteed participation in the Pre-Health Scholars Service Groups
  • Connection with professional mentors via Mentor Connect
  • Leadership as a Morse Scholar Mentor
  • Funding and preference for Beyond120 excursions, internships, research, and study abroad
Criteria for selection of Morse Scholars:
  • Academic Major in the College of Liberal Arts & Science
  • High School GPA – 4.0 weighted; 3.5 unweighted – consideration to lower GPAs on case by case basis
  • Summer B GPA – UF GPA 3.3 minimum Will consider lower on case by case basis
  • ALEKS score – 75%+ - place into MAC1147 Will consider MAC1140/MAC1114 on case by case basis
  • Volunteer experiences and/or employment completed in high school demonstrating service to others
  • Two letters of recommendation high school teacher, UF summer B instructor/advisor, character - employer, shadow, etc.

For more information, contact Bobbi Knickerbocker at rknicker@advising.ufl.edu. You can also book and manage appointments.

Janae Hodge

I am Janae Hodge, a graduate from Leesburg High School in Leesburg,
Florida. I am a chemistry and zoology major at the University of Florida,
class of 2025. I am on the pre-med track with aspirations of a career in
anesthesiology.

Malana Jackson

My name is Malana Jackson, and I am an 18-year-old from Daytona Beach, FL. I am an incoming freshman majoring in Chemistry on the premedical track. I recently graduated from Mainland High School 3rd in my class and received my Associate of Arts degree with honors. After finishing my undergraduate degree, I plan to go to medical school to become a pediatrician. I enjoy reading new books, music, and baking tasty treats.

Emory Ranes

My name is Emory Ranes, and my Inupiaq name is Yiyuk. I am from Anchorage, Alaska and my family is from Kotzebue, Alaska. I am wearing my traditional regalis: an Atikluk. I came to Florida because I believed I would have better opportunities to pursue my passion for medicine.

Manaal Zulfiqar

My name is Manaal Zulfiqar. I am a freshman at the University of Florida and
planning to major in Microbiology and Cell science. I’m pre-health and want
to pursue dentistry in the future. In my free time I like to read, swim, and
cook. A couple strengths I have gained over time through education and life
experiences are resilience and compassion. My greatest accomplishment to
date is my volunteer experience at the radiology department at
AdventHealth Hospital which has inspired and motivated me to stay
focused on my pre-health aspirations.