Student Government is asking for UF officials to disburse Bright Futures scholarships to Puerto Rican students recovering from Hurricane Maria.
The SG Senate passed a resolution, a nonbinding written statement, calling for UF administration to revisit the policy that determines Bright Futures eligibility for students displaced by the storm, according to the resolution.
The resolution was written to aid students who relocated to Florida from Puerto Rico in the wake of the hurricane, said one of the resolution’s authors, UF philosophy freshman Alfredo Ortiz. It helps students who may already be facing financial hardships caused by the storm, Ortiz, 18, said.
“I am glad that the matter is not only acknowledged by the Student Body, but it is passed unanimously by the Senate,” he said. “When the resolution is presented to the administration, the importance will be clear to them.”
In addition, the Senate passed a bill to increase the time the SG Supervisor of Elections must be unaffiliated with an SG party from one to two years before taking on the supervisor role, according to the bill.
The bill will better uphold neutrality in SG elections, said one of the bill’s authors, Sen. Ben Lima (Inspire, District D).
“The bill allows students to have confidence that their votes are being counted correctly, and their voices are being heard in an accurate and ethical manner,” Lima said.
Puerto Rican flags planted on the Plaza of the Americas in the shape of “PR” honored the victims of Hurricane Maria who died on the island on the anniversary of the hurricane. Unión de Estudiantes Puertorriqueños Activos, the Puerto Rican UF student group under the umbrella of Hispanic Student Association, collected books to send to a library and signed a poster offering words of hope to those still affected.