Establishes scholarship for UF education students
Her answer came in April 2016, when she and her husband, Stephen, established the Jennifer L. Coxen Scholarship. This non-endowed fund will support graduate students in the UF College of Education’s ProTeach elementary education program, with preference given to first-generation college students. At age 32, Jennifer is the youngest of the college’s alumni ever to establish a non-endowed scholarship fund.
“I was the first person in my family to go to college, and that didn’t happen without the generosity of a lot of different people,” Jennifer says.
“We are blessed to be able to support students who are the first-generation in their families to attend college. We want to pass it on to students who are making a change for their family, and shaping their own future by following their passion to teach children.”
Jennifer’s own passion for teaching children comes across in her classroom, where she helps 9- and 10-year-olds to build their analytical and critical-thinking skills through hands-on projects, including ones focused on financial management and entrepreneurship. Her students put these skills to use when they collaborate on a film project and start their own business to produce, market and finance a movie. The highlight is when they show the finished film to an audience of their parents, relatives and friends.
If it was Jennifer’s own life showing up on the screen, you might think it was too good to be true. But the truth is Jennifer’s movie is just getting started.