Florida International University (FIU) is Miami’s first and only public research university offering Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees. In 2011, MBF created the Miami Bayside Foundation Scholarship Endowment at FIU to support minority students residing in the City of Miami and interested in entrepreneurship. That same year, it gifted $100,000 to the First Generation Scholarship Fund, matched by the State of Florida to create a $200,000 total gift to be used over 10 years.

In April 2013, MBF presented a $200,000 gift to FIU’s College of Business to create its first MBA scholarship endowment, the Miami Bayside Foundation MBA Scholarship Endowment. The endowment benefits City of Miami residents enrolled in FIU’s MBA programs at FIU Downtown on Brickell.

In 2014, MBF awarded its first gift in support of FIU’s Golden Scholars program. The 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 also ensures that these students graduate, through continuous monitoring and mentoring. MBF has awarded $800,000 to this program.

During 2020, MBF awarded 107 scholarships to FIU students for a total of $220,550.

“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

“I feel deeply grateful to the Miami Bayside Foundation. The scholarship will certainly help me in furthering my studies and achieving my goals.”

Yulia Fornes Keyvabu – MBA

“I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to MBF. This scholarship will directly contribute to my being able to continue my engineering studies. Thank you for investing in my future and for noticing the potential in me to do great things. Without your generosity, the access to such an amazing education would not be possible.”

Patricia Garcia
General Scholar – Engineering – BS

“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

“Thanks to this scholarship, I am optimistic for the future knowing that I have the Miami Bayside Foundation as a safety net supporting my educational journey.”

Casey Amaya
General Scholar – Political Science – BA

“Being awarded the MBF scholarship means a lot to me because it opens doors that would normally not be possible for me to go through. I appreciate your generosity.”

Ruth Isreal
General Scholar – Psychology – BA

“Thank you for this scholarship. I am grateful to be receiving it along with some of my peers. Without the support of this scholarship, I would not be to continue my education. Thank you!”

Estefani Arroyo
General Scholar – Computer Science – BS


Miami Dade College was created with the idea that anyone with a desire to get a college degree should be given that opportunity. Today, more than 100,000 students attend Miami Dade College, a state-supported college with eight campuses and numerous outreach centers. MDC is the second-largest college or university in the United States.

In 1998, MBF created an endowment at Miami Dade College for the purpose of awarding scholarships to minority students who reside in the City of Miami. Since then, 553 scholarships have been awarded for a total of $485,713. In 2020, fifty-eight scholarships were awarded for a total of $53,000.

“Thank you for everything that you have done for me and others. It’s amazing.”

Miguel Angel Diaz
Computer Engineering

“I am extremely grateful for this scholarship that has helped me to focus on my studies especially during these stressful times. I appreciate everything this scholarship has provided for my educational career.”

Yamila Cepeda
Social Work


Florida Memorial University (FMU) is South Florida’s only Historically Black College or University (HBCU). FMU endeavors to instill in students the importance of becoming global citizens through lifelong learning, leadership, character, and service that will enhance their lives and the lives of others.

In 2012, MBF made a $200,000 gift to FMU to create a scholarship endowment for minority students who are residents of Miami and interested in entrepreneurship. In 2020, two scholarships were awarded to Douana Compere – Biology and Myrlandie Myrbel – Law & Government. Both students are graduates of Miami Edison Senior High School.


In May 2020, Miami Bayside Foundation awarded $1,000 scholarships to 42 City of Miami residents graduating from Miami-Dade County Public Schools and attending college in the fall. Seven of these scholarships were furnished by the Commissioner Willy Gort Scholarship Program. This was the seventh year of a multi-year scholarship program commitment made by MBF to Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

The 42 scholarship recipients represented the following schools – Booker T. Washington High School, Coral Gables Senior High School, iPrep Academy, iTech @ Thomas A. Edison Educational Center, Miami Edison High School, Miami Jackson High School, Miami Northwestern Senior High School, Miami Senior High School, and School for Advanced Studies-Wolfson.

“I am truly honored to be one of the recipients of the MBF Scholarship! This scholarship gave me hope of meeting my financial needs while helping me pay off college fees. This is a tremendous opportunity, and I can now see a bright future ahead on completing college.”

Simone Allen
Tech @ Thomas A. Edison Educational Center Graduate
Attending Lynn University

“I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to receive The MBF Scholarship when I did. It impacted my Freshman experience by assisting me with my housing payments for the semester. I believe that the MBF scholarship alleviates the stress that college can bring so that students, like myself, can focus on obtaining an education. I truly appreciate and thank MBF for their assistance and for making my educational journey easier.

Anais Humes
Miami Northwestern Senior High School Graduate
Attending Florida State University

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the MBF for selecting me to receive this amazing award. This is just the support I need for my transition to Florida International University. Now, I have a clear chance to complete the requirements needed to enter the medical field. I am beyond grateful!

Shirley Campos
Miami Jackson Senior High School Graduate
Attending Florida International University

My education is an important component of my success and purpose in life. The opportunity to learn is a gift that many in this world do not have access to, and I am forever blessed to be granted a chance. More significantly, having someone see your potential and investing in your future is a gift that does not come around often. I will forever be grateful for the investment that MBF has made in my education and future. It is with great appreciation that I say thank you.”

Stephanie Jean-Charles
Miami Jackson Senior High School Graduate
Attending Florida International University

“MBF has been incredibly helpful in allowing me to pursue my goals of higher education. With the prices of college rising and scholarship opportunities limited, the assistance MBF offers students is invaluable.

Gabriella Diaz
School for Advanced Studies-Wolfson Graduate
Attending Mount Holyoke College

“The MBF scholarship is the first scholarship that I have been awarded, such an amazing feeling while in the transition to college. While I did receive the scholarship money, I found that the recognition from another organization was much more rewarding because it gave me courage and confidence that I will achieve great things during my time in college. I was able to pay for the books required for my first and second semesters with the MBF scholarship, and I had the mindset that I could tackle the obstacles in my path. I am thankful for the push that the MBF committee gave me at the start of my college career, and I will do my best to not let their efforts go to waste!

Jiuber Mena
Miami Senior High Graduate
Attending Florida International University

College has way more expenses than us students can imagine, including tuition, fees, book costs, and more. I was lucky enough to have my tuition covered, but the remaining expenses were not cheap. The MBF scholarship provided me with the help I needed to start college the right way: stress-free and not worrying about expenses. That way, I could focus solely on my education and begining my career path. Anyone would be beyond lucky to receive this scholarship, and I am truly blessed to have been one of the recipients.”

Paloma Pinto
Coral Gables Senior High School Graduate
Attending University of Florida

“As an MBF scholarship recipient, I am grateful to MBF for giving me a way to continue my education and for seeing something in me. Finding out I won this scholarship, gave me motivation and hope to not give up no matter the circumstances. This scholarship helped me with my classes, fees, textbooks, transportation fees when I needed it. Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity. I am proud to be an MBF scholarship winner.”

Andrea Umana
Miami Jackson High School Graduate
Attending Miami Dade College

“This scholarship has helped me believe that there was a way when I believed that there was not. I knew furthering my education at a post-secondary institution would not be cheap, but with your help, I have gotten a step closer to achieving my educational dreams. With this scholarship, I was able to purchase books for my classes and a laptop. I am forever grateful for your help, Miami Bayside Foundation.

Jaylin Poole
Miami Jackson Senior High School Graduate
Attending Alabama A&M University

Being a student is difficult, especially if you can’t continue because of your financial situation. MBF knows this and tries their best to help those that need it. I received nothing but love from this organization, and I would like to take this moment to say thank you. With this scholarship, I got the push I needed to continue my education. I will forever be grateful for your help.”

Robert Velez
iPrep Academy Graduate
Attending Florida International University

“The MBF Scholarship helped me pay for books and other necessary academic materials for my first year of university. Despite the challenges of the ongoing pandemic, this scholarship supported me and allowed me to pursue a volunteer research position. I am very thankful for the Foundation’s generous contribution, and I am now another step closer to reaching my goals!”

Lia Sanchez Ramirez
Coral Gables Senior High School Graduate
Attending Johns Hopkins University

The MBF Scholarship has helped me in more ways than I could have expected. Entering college amidst a pandemic and troubling times changed many things, especially the tuition for online classes; this scholarship meant that I would not have to stress about how to pay my tuition for at least one semester. This allowed me to focus on academics and set a good foundation as a first year in college. I am eternally gratefully for the opportunity!”

Yariannis Vazquez Morales
Miami Senior High School Graduate
Attending University of Florida

“The Miami Bayside Foundation has immensely facilitated in paving a way for me to concentrate at my next level in life at Bethune Cookman University. The scholarship off-set other costs that were not handled by other funds. I am extremely grateful for what the Miami Bayside foundation stands for and the monetary donations they contribute to students who seek to take their education to the next level such as myself.  MBF has been a blessing especially with the COVID-19 standing in the way of funds the scholarship really has paved the way for me to be more comfortable in my successes financially and academically in the 2020-2021 academic year. I am doing very well with my academics and will continue to do so. I am truly thankful to have been chosen for this scholarship and will continue to not disappoint.”

Zamiah Wadley
Booker T. Washington Sr. High School Graduate
Attending Bethune Cookman University

TECHNICAL COLLEGES (George T. Baker, Lindsey Hopkins)

In 2015, MBF launched a scholarship program for City of Miami students at Miami-Dade Public School System technical colleges and created its first co-named scholarship in partnership with Baptist Health South Florida for students at D.A. Dorsey Technical College. To date, MBF’s and Baptist’s gifts have covered 323 scholarships to City of Miami minority students at D.A. Dorsey, Lindsey Hopkins, and George T. Baker Aviation technical colleges. The scholarships are for students in programs with high job placement rates such as Aircraft Maintenance, Avionics Technician, Automotive Service Technician, Practical Nursing, Pharmacy Technician, Patient Care Technician and other programs.


George T. Baker Aviation Technical College provides occupational training to high school and adult students for careers in aviation maintenance, electronics, and avionics. Since its inception in 1939, thousands of students have been trained for careers in aviation. George T. Baker’s goal is for all students to become program completers, technologically proficient, and obtain employment upon completion of a program. In 2019, twelve scholarships were awarded to students at George T. Baker Aviation Technical College.

Due to COVID-19, most programs at George T. Baker Aviation Technical College were suspended. Online learning was not made available because of the nature of their hands-on instruction. American Airlines also suspended all visits/instruction from George T. Baker students.


Lindsey Hopkins Technical College was the first career and technical education center built in Miami-Dade County. The school serves more than 10,000 students each year through its English language courses, adult educational programs, and career and technical programs in Health Science, Automotive Technology, Electricity, Heating and Air Conditioning, Fashion Design, Culinary Arts and Commercial Foods, Nutrition and Dietary Management, Computer Technology, Commercial Arts, Early Childhood Education, and Nails and Facials Specialty. Through its dual enrollment program, the school also provides technical and career training for high-school students enrolled at 10 local high schools. In 2019, MBF awarded seven scholarships to Lindsey Hopkins Technical College students.

Lindsey Hopkins Technical College experienced a large drop in enrollment because of COVID-19. No scholarships were awarded in 2020; however, there are plans to continue our scholarship support in the coming year.

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