"The financial burden can be great on students—it is actually the main reason students are not able to pursue degrees in higher education or even come to school at all. I couldn't afford tuition for spring term, and I was pretty sad about sitting a semester out. So when I learned I was a (scholarship) recipient, I was really excited. Spring term was the start of organic chemistry—that alone was pretty exciting! What donors are doing is amazing. They are giving us the opportunity to come to school and strive for a better tomorrow, for a better future." -Karen Sandoval, recipient of Bank of America Biosciences Scholarship
Miami Dade College Foundation engages individuals and organizations to support student scholarships at MDC. Scholarships are the lifeblood of any academic institution. This is especially true at MDC where 67% of students are considered "low-income" and 46% live below the federal poverty level for their household size. As a result, many work to support families and attend school part-time to juggle their myriad responsibilities.
During the 2014-15 academic year, 14,000 students completed applications for Foundation-funded scholarships. MDC students are always a good investment. Scholarships awarded to MDC students have an incomparable impact on the recipient and a multiplier effect on their families and communities. Helping students pay tuition or books or fees is a direct investment in their eventual employability. With greater funding, the Foundation can increase the availability of scholarships making more educational dreams possible.
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Our Mission: Miami Dade College Foundation raises essential private funds to enable Miami Dade College to change lives, families, communities and the world through the opportunity of education.