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U. of Florida president donates bonus to scholarship program

May 13, 2009

University of Florida president Bernie Machen, remembers juggling multiple jobs while working his way through college. Machen, 65, still vividly recalls years of hard work to pay for his education. His father was a traveling fertilizer salesman and his mother was a school teacher.

The dental surgeon says he's inspired by students who have it even tougher than he did. So he donated his entire $285,000 bonus last year to a scholarship program he founded for low-income students at risk of being shut out of a college education.

Machen has served as UF president for five years after a six years leading the University of Utah, where he founded a similar scholarship on a smaller scale.

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