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Scholarships and Educational Programs
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.
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 September of 2015, MBF launched its first series of workshops, a 10-session Small Business Entrepreneurial Training for minority-owned City of Miami businesses. The workshops cover: compliance, intellectual property, access to capital, credit, banking, IT requirements, human resources, leases, marketing, finances, budgets, putting together an executive summary to present to funders. The workshops are facilitated by Marjorie Weber and specialists in these subjects volunteer to instruct and share their knowledge at the workshops. Since 2015, MBF has held a total of four series of workshops providing more than 80 small business owners with essential tools and skills to grow their companies.
Heidi Perez-Moreno is a freshman at the MDC Honors College studying Journalism. As a City of Miami student scholar and recent graduate of iPreparatory Academy, Heidi has been the recipient of both the MBF-Commissioner Willy Gort MDCPS scholarship and the MBF-Commissioner Willy Gort academic scholarship. Heidi has spent years volunteering; with children at the Primary Learning Center, with animals through The Cat Network, and through a teen art program at the Perez Art Museum Miami. Working with these organizations and on her own academics helped her discover her love for writing and her ultimate dream to be a journalist.
“ I would like to thank the Miami Bayside Foundation and Commissioner Gort for making my own aspirations a possibility through these scholarships, which help to support my educational pursuits. I first learned about this scholarship through my guidance counselor at iPrep, and I think every Miami-Dade student should take advantage of these wonderful opportunities!”
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