Educational Resource Center
How MBF’s Commitment to Education Began
The Miami Bayside Foundation Scholarship Endowment at Miami Dade College was created in 1999 and has awarded 382 scholarships to date. In 2011, MBF established the Miami Bayside Foundation Scholarship Endowment General Scholarship Fund and contributed to the First Generation Scholarship Fund at Florida International University. In 2012, MBF created the Miami Bayside Foundation Scholarship Endowment at Florida Memorial University. In 2013, MBF established the Miami Bayside Foundation MBA Scholarship Endowment at Florida International University College of Business, the first of its kind. MBF has awarded 747 scholarships to City of Miami minority students to date.
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In 2012, MBF made a five-year gift to Breakthrough Miami, an award-winning organization that provides a tuition-free, eight-year academic enrichment program to motivated students from disadvantaged communities in the 5th through 12th grades.
In 2013, a five-year gift was made to Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), an internationally recognized organization that provides programs that inspire students from low-income communities to stay in school, recognize business opportunities, and plan successful futures. This gift is impacting 500 students at Booker T. Washington Senior High School over those five years.
In 2014, MBF created a scholarship program for seniors graduating from every Miami-Dade County Public High School in the City of Miami and going to college. To date, MBF has awarded more than 75 scholarships under this program. It made a gift to the Golden Scholars Bridge Program at Florida International University to transition students into college life and help ensure that they graduate through continued mentoring and monitoring. It also made a gift to Little Haiti Optimists Club for their after-school program.
In 2015, MBF established a scholarship program at Miami-Dade Technical Colleges. Since the program launched, MBF has awarded 88 scholarships to City of Miami students at D.A. Dorsey, Lindsey Hopkins, and George T. Baker Technical Colleges. Twenty of these scholarships were awarded under MBF first ever co-named scholarship with Baptist Health South Florida. That same year, MBF provided a second annual gift to the Golden Scholars Bridge Program at FIU and a gift to Little Haiti Optimist Club’s summer program which serves children in the Little Haiti area that are five through fourteen years of age.
During 2015 and 2016, MBF helped create Miami’s only Marine Service Technology Academy. The program was launched at Lindsey Hopkins Technical College in August of 2016 and is designed to help students develop necessary skills and competencies to pursue a career in boat/yacht repair within the marine industry. The pilot class will have 20 students that will graduate in October 2017. The second class is planned to start in the Spring or Summer of 2017.
In 2016, MBF launched a scholarship program in collaboration with City of Miami Commissioner Wilfredo “Willy” Gort to provide funds for residents in District 1 to pursue technical education programs with high job placement rates at Miami Dade College, Lindsey Hopkins Technical College and George T. Baker Aviation Technical College. MBF’s Commissioner Gort Scholarship Program awarded 25 scholarships in 2016.
In 2016, MBF gave a third annual gift to the Golden Scholars Bridge Program at Florida International University. This year sees the graduation of two of the original class of MBF Golden Scholars. This year MBF granted the Education Fund $10,000 for their SmartPath to College Programs at Booker T. Washington and Jackson Senior High Schools.
In March of 2016, MBF gifted funds for 7 iStartSmart terminals to strengthen St. Alban’s Child Enrichment Center in Coconut Grove to provide personalized educational programs for children to predominately minority, single parent and low-income households.
In 2018, MBF gave a fifth annual gift to the Golden Scholars Program at Florida International University. 24 Golden Scholars at FIU are currently receiving this scholarship. MBF granted the Education Fund another $20,000 for their SmartPath to College Programs at five City of Miami High Schools with free and/or reduced lunch status of 80% and above.
In March of 2017, MBF gifted funds toward the pilot summer program at St. Alban’s Child Enrichment Center in Coconut Grove, which provides high-quality full-day summer camp activities for primarily at-risk, low-income children, promoting academic achievement, healthy lifestyles and social skills. Aimed at enhancing the early childhood development of the children served, the funding from Miami Bayside Foundation enabled St. Alban’s Child Enrichment Center to serve 120 families and provide children with opportunities to experience art, science, music, culture, literacy and more as well as three meals a day.
In 2018, St. Alban’s summer program received an additional gift.
In 2018, MBF funded three new programs, FIU’s Career Pathways Program for students at Booker T. Washington Senior High School and the Miami Children’s Museum both to support summer internships as well as a College & Cultural Tour Program for seniors at Booker T. Washington Senior High School.