MDC Foundation Newsletter

May 2017

2017 HOF inductees

Record $2.1 Million Raised to Benefit Students at 15th Annual MDC Alumni Hall of Fame

Miami Dade College Foundation raised a record $2.1 million to benefit student scholarships during its sold out 2017 Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Tuesday, April 18, making it the most successful event in its 15-year history.

The event also saw its highest attendance and sponsorships to date - with more than 1,000 attendees and a record 98 sponsoring organizations. Hall of Fame sponsorships totaled $1.1 million. During the event, President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón announced two surprise donations - bringing the grand total to $2.1 million.

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Portrait photo of Riane Roland

Miami Dade College Opens World of Opportunity for Graduate

Tight finances didn’t bench Riane Roldan’s college dream. In fact, the economics of higher education propelled her to enroll in the Honors College at MDC and created a world of opportunity she never thought possible staying close to home and on a limited budget.

Now as an MDC graduate who holds an associate degree, Roldan is ready to take that leap out of state. Her experiences at MDC, a great GPA and her work as a newspaper editor have all paved the way for the pursuit of a bachelor's degree and career in journalism. She’s weighing her options, including a full scholarship to Emerson College in Boston.

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MDC Live Arts performance

MDC Live Arts Receives Prestigious Doris Duke Award

Miami Dade College's MDC Live Arts is one of 11 organizations nationwide to receive an award through the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts (DDFIA)'s Building Bridges 2016-2017 Grants Program for a new project that bridges Muslim and non-Muslim communities.

MDC Live Arts will receive $160,000 for Ojalá: Wishes from the Muslim World, a season-long initiative designed to challenge widespread assumptions concerning contemporary Muslim identity. Its 2017-2018 season, to be announced in August, will feature Muslim and MENA artists through performances, residencies, campus-based conversations and community workshops.

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Portrait photo of Marcelo Saenz

Miami Philanthropist Pays It Forward with Scholarship Fund

As a college student, Marcelo Saenz took out loans, applied for scholarships and worked in order to finance his education. Today, he is a successful personal injury attorney in Miami.

Buoyed by stories of students unable to pay for school and impressed by the stories of success of Miami Dade College graduates, Saenz decided he would help students who struggled financially like he did. On a whim, he picked up the phone and called the Miami Dade College Foundation.

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Univision MAGIC Scholarship Fund

Univision Sparks MAGIC Partnership with Miami Dade College

Univision Communications Inc. has established Univision MAGIC Scholarship Fund in partnership with Miami Dade College's Miami Animation & Gaming International Complex (MAGIC). In a joint effort to cultivate the next generation of diverse leaders in the media and technology sector, the partnership will help sustain Miami's premier animation and gaming educational facility.

A donation of $100,000 was formally presented to Miami Dade College Foundation in March. Scholarships will be awarded to full-time MAGIC students who demonstrate academic achievement and unmet financial need. It also supports a fellowship and internship program, providing students with expanded resources, tools and guidance from media professionals.

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