FIU Scholarship

Assistance to Educational Institutions through Scholarships

Florida International University (FIU)

In providing funds towards a University-Wide Scholarship, First Generation Scholarship Program, and the Golden Scholars Program, the MBF further demonstrates its commitment to advancing and empowering our community through education initiatives. Additionally, the foundation endowed the first ever scholarship program at FIU’s MBA program. The MBF MBA Scholarship is for students pursuing degrees in the MBA Downtown or Professional MBA Flex programs.


The Golden Scholars program has helped me grow and develop throughout my three years here at FIU. I have grown both as a student and professional. Coming in from high school I could not picture myself being in the position I am in now. I am involved in the FIU community, and hold a Resident Assistant position. I feel like the Golden Scholars Program has been a guide not only for my graduation but for my development as a professional.

Ashley Perez

FIU Golden Scholar from Miami Northwestern Senior High School, Florida International University Student

…thanks to your incredible kindness and support, I can afford to get the best education possible in order to achieve my dreams. I will truly be forever thankful.

Maria Silva

MBF Scholarship Recipient, Florida International University Student

University-Wide Scholarship Competition:

Criteria for the FIU University-Wide Scholarship are:

  1. Fully admitted undergraduate degree-seeking student
  2. Undergraduate students must have a minumum 3.0 GPA
  3. Student must be enrolled full-time (12 credits) 
  4. Student must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  5. Student must include a personal statement demonstrating an interest in business, leadership, and/or entrepreneurship.
  6. Student must be a minority.
  7. Student must be a resident of the City of Miami.

For more information please contact or call (305) 348-0349


First Generation Scholarship:

To apply for a First Generation Scholarship, candidates must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), found online at

Scholarships are awarded by the FIU Financial Aid Office. All students eligible to receive the First Generation Scholarship will be notified through the Financial Aid Office after completing the FAFSA application.

For further information about the FIU First Generation Scholarship Program, please contact Joan Casanova Gonzalez at 305-348-3583 or

MBF MBA Scholarship:

Scholarships will be awarded to students enrolled in or accepted for admission to the Professional MBA Downtown or Professional MBA Flex programs in the FIU College of Business.
Eligible candidates must be a minority and a resident of the City of Miami with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.

Applications open October 1, 2021 and close October 15, 2021. This scholarship will be disbursed in Spring 2022, and you must be registered that semester to qualify for the award.

For the fiscal year 2019-2020, we are pleased to share that the following students received a scholarship: 

  • Diana Bautista, MBA 
  • Carlos Celemin, MBA 
  • Yulia Fornes Keyvabu, MBA 
  • Melissa Pena, MBA 
  • Michael Rojas, MBA

“Thank you so much for this help. I am a veteran that is trying to move up in my
career. I ran out of my GI bill and was not
sure how I was going to pay for school.
This means so much to me, thank you.”

Carlos Celemin

MBA, Florida International Univerisity

“My family and I would like to take this
opportunity to thank the Miami Bayside
Foundation for their generosity in funding
my studies. I am sincerely honored to have
been selected. The scholarship will allow
me to finish my MBA at FIU. Thank you
again for your thoughtful gift.”

Diana Bautista

MBA, Florida International University

FIU Golden Scholars Program:

In May 2014, MBF presented a first gift of $40,000 in support of FIU’S Golden Scholars Program to provide education opportunities for residents of the City of Miami. In alignment with the mission of the MBF the gift will support up to 50 students from the City of Miami between 2014 and 2018.

The Golden Scholars Program is an intensive, alternative, residential admissions program which serves as an obtainable gateway for underrepresented, first generation student populations who may not meet the general criteria for Undergraduate Admissions. It prepares students to transition into college life socially, academically, and emotionally. In addition to general support the program provides comprehensive, customized, intentional support which includes a variety of education interventions: tutoring, guided groups, group dynamics, thematic groups, general and individual reviews, and computer interactive support programs, among others.
Each cohort of Golden Scholars participates in an intensive six-week summer transition program which requires students to take two academic courses and one freshmen experience course (with a minimum GPA of 2.5), and utilize academic advising, educational intervention supports, workshops and counseling resources while living on campus.

Criteria for the Golden Scholars Program are:

  1. Eligible candidates must be enrolled in or accepted for admission to the University, who are minorities participating in the Golden Scholars Program.
  2. Students must be residents of the City of Miami.
  3. Students must be graduates of a high school located in the City of Miami.
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