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Student Philanthropy Profiles


Maddie Dvorak


Lakeland, FL 

Post-graduation plans 

After graduating, I am looking into graduate programs that focus on international development and food security. I desire a career that bridges the gap between food waste and food insecurity.

Why did you choose the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences?

I am proud to be a part of CALS for so many reasons! First and foremost, you will never meet a better group of individuals who want you to succeed. Unlike other colleges, I feel CALS is so personable with every student. The dean's office, advisors, and professors make themselves available to contribute to the success of all students. Additionally, CALS is one of the best colleges in the country for my specific majors. I have phenomenal professors who work to ensure I am not simply memorizing material but understanding content and connecting it with real industry. 

How has philanthropy affected you? 

The involvement opportunities on campus are endless! I currently serve as the Vice President for the Food Recovery Network-Gainesville Chapter and Parliamentarian for the Future Business Leaders of America- Phi Beta Lambda chapter. I also serve as a CALS Ambassador! Not only do the courses prepare you for your career, but there are plenty of clubs and organizations that allow you to explore your interests as well. 

Why should alumni give back to CALS? 

Without the support of so many, I would not have been able to afford college. As the only child of a single mother, college costs were daunting. Philanthropy through scholarships have greatly eased the financial burden of college. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to attend the University of Florida with the generous support of donors. 

Maddie Dvorak

Behind every gift, there’s a story. A proud donor, a grateful recipient and far-reaching impacts impossible to measure.