Press Release: MBF AWARDS $1,000 SCHOLARSHIPS TO 37 MIAMI HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AT A CEREMONY ON MAY 26th AT MIAMI CITY HALL

Date: May 26, 2016

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MBF

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MIAMI, FL – May 26, 2016 – The MBF (MBF) awarded $1,000 scholarships to 37 outstanding high school seniors at Miami City Hall on May 26, 2016. Four of the 37 students received MBF’s Commissioner Willy Gort Scholarship, a scholarship program for District 1 residents that was introduced in January 2016 by the Commissioner.

The scholarship recipients are all City of Miami residents graduating from Miami-Dade County Public Schools and attending college in the fall. The schools represented include Booker T. Washington High School (9), Miami Edison Senior High School (6), Miami Jackson Senior High School (6), Coral Gables Senior High School (4), iPrep Academy (3), Miami Beach Senior High School (2), William H. Turner Technical Arts High School (1), Coral Reef Senior High School (1), International Studies Charter High School (1), Hialeah Senior High School (1), New World School of Arts (1), Young Women’s Preparatory Academy (1), and Young Men’s Preparatory Academy (1).

Together with Miami Mayor Tomás P. Regalado and City of Miami Commissioners, MBF’s Executive Director, Kathleen Murphy, presented the awards to the City of Miami students. MBF board members: Nathan Kurland, Pamela Weller, Elizabeth Morton, Adam Dunshee, Nicole Ewan; representatives from Miami Public High Schools, and parents of the students were present. The award ceremony was followed by a reception, were the scholarship recipients mingled and enjoyed food and drinks catered by Bunnie Cakes, Panther Coffee, Sugar Yummy Mama, and The Pastry Shop by Magic City Chefs, all MBF loan recipients.

The MBF Scholarship gives me the opportunity to continue my education without worrying about money. It is because of opportunities like this that I can pick a university based on academics, not financial aid.

Maria Mejia

iPrep Academy student, attending Williams College in Fall 2016.

The MBF Scholarship means moving a step closer to making my dreams a reality. It helps take the financial burden off both mine and my mother’s shoulders.

Alexis Gabriel

Booker T. Washington High School student, attending Miami Dade College in Fall 2016.

I want to thank the MBF for supporting my dreams and helping them become a reality.

Blonda Garcia-Martinez

Miami Jackson Senior High School student, attending Johnson & Wales University in Fall 2016.

MBF’s scholarship programs have given students the opportunity to access resources that were not previously available to them. This is the third year of a multi-year scholarship program commitment made by MBF to the Miami-Dade Public School System. With the awarding of these 37 scholarships, MBF continues to demonstrate its commitment to providing educational opportunities to future business leaders and entrepreneurs in the City of Miami.

The MBF, a City of Miami-based nonprofit organization established in 1986, has created and administers loan programs for City of Miami minority businesses, funds scholarship endowments and gifts programs for City of Miami minority students, and provides training and technical assistance to minority businesses in the City of Miami. MBF has awarded close to 600 scholarships to City of Miami minority students. It also has awarded more than 49 loans to minority-owned businesses that have helped create more than 250 jobs in the City of Miami, and created partnerships that have helped train more than 200 City of Miami minority business owners.

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