Foundation Extends Educational Partnership to FMU
Posted on May 16th 2012 2:55 PM
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DATE: May, 16 2012 MEDIA CONTACT:
Kiskinis Communications, Inc.Melissa Nobles 305-447-1224
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - The Miami Bayside Foundation announced today a gift of $200,000 to Florida Memorial University to support access to higher education for City of Miami residents. A portion of the funds, $10,000, will be immediately used for student scholarships during the upcoming 2012-2013 year, while the remaining will support the establishment of an endowment for students interested in business and entrepreneurship from the City of Miami.
Founded in 1988, the Miami Bayside Foundation seeks to stimulate economic development in the City of Miami and provide educational opportunities. As part of this mission, today’s donation will provide talented students within the city the resources needed to pursue their academic and professional goals at Florida Memorial University.
“We are grateful to have this opportunity to partner with the Miami Bayside Foundation to give minority students from the City of Miami greater access to a high-quality education at Florida Memorial University,” said Adriene B. Wright, vice president for Institutional Advancement. “At Florida Memorial, we take pride in producing the highest return on investment for our supporters and the highest quality education for our students.”
As South Florida’s only Historically Black College or University (HBCU), Florida Memorial is also the third oldest institution of higher learning in the state. Nearly 90 percent of all undergraduate students at FMU are minority students, while the campus also serves many commuting City of Miami residents.
“It is with great honor that the Miami Bayside Foundation announces today its partnership with one of our area’s leading institutions,” said Nathan Kurland, chairman of the Foundation’s education committee. “With such a culturally diverse student body, Florida Memorial University embodies and reflects our organization’s mission by continuing to advance our community. We are proud to assist in offering educational opportunities to thousands of students through a scholarship program.”
To view photos from the event, please visit the Foundation's photo gallery here, miamibaysidefoundation.org/fmu.html. For more information on the Miami Bayside Foundation, call (305) 379-7070 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Miami Bayside Foundation
The Miami Bayside Foundation, a City of Miami-based non-profit established in 1986, has created and administers a loan program for minority businesses, has established a scholarship fund for minorities studying entrepreneurship and business, and provides technical assistance to community and development organizations in the City of Miami. For more information on the Miami Bayside Foundation, visit www.miamibaysidefoundation.org.
About Florida Memorial University:
Located in the City of Miami Gardens, Florida Memorial University is a private, historically Black institution offering 42 undergraduate degree programs and four graduate degree programs to a culturally diverse student body. Since its inception in 1879, the University has upheld a commitment to providing a solid foundation for thousands of young people and opening doors to educational opportunities that may have otherwise been closed to them. As South Florida’s only Historically Black College or University (HBCU), it is widely recognized for being the birthplace of the Negro National Anthem, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” and the home of student Barrington Irving, Jr., the first pilot of African descent and youngest pilot ever to fly solo around the world. Dr. Henry Lewis, III, PharmD, is the university’s twelfth president. For more information, please contact the Office of Public Affairs at (305) 626-3624. You can support FMU by visiting www.fmuniv.edu