MIAMI DADE COLLEGE IS OPPORTUNITY
For nearly 60 years, Miami Dade College has been Miami’s great equalizer, providing millions of people in our community the opportunity to pursue their dreams of a more prosperous future through accessible, high-quality higher education.
As you read through Miami Dade College Foundation’s 2017-2018 Impact Report, we hope you will get to know those we serve through their stories: the first-generation college student who finds life-changing support; the single mom and former foster youth juggling work, family and college; and the international student fighting language barriers and poverty in search of a better life.
These are just a sampling of the varied and very real hurdles our students face each day. We are extremely grateful for our generous donors whose support has filled the cupboards of hungry students, funded tuition through private scholarships and supported workforce programs that prepare students for well-paying, in-demand jobs of the middle class.
At MDC, donors change lives every day, and giving is more important than ever. Let us help you find your passion - whether it be scholarships, workforce development, technology, the arts, or any other area that supports our students. Together we can change more lives through the opportunity of education.
MDC IS DEMOCRACY’S COLLEGE
We are nationally and internationally recognized for providing access and excellence to anyone with the will to succeed — regardless of circumstance or background. Supporters of MDC Foundation are critical to the College’s vital work of harnessing the potential of every American.
MDC Foundation directly supports the College in two ways:
- We raise funds to support student scholarships.
- We raise funds for academic programs that prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow, and for art and cultural programs that enrich our students and the community.
Octavis was about to drop out
It was difficult growing up in Liberty City with limited resources and opportunities, says 19-year-old aspiring music producer Octavis Hudson. Weeks into his first semester, he planned to withdraw because he couldn’t afford tuition. That changed when he was awarded a scholarship.
Thanks to philanthropists William and Toby Rohrer, Octavis stayed in school and is on his way to achieving the American Dream.
"I’m proud to be the first in my family to go to college. I wouldn’t still be here without my scholarship."
Paula left her family in Venezuela
Unsure how she would make ends meet, 22-year-old Paula Di Martino came to Miami with a dream of getting an education and becoming a psychologist.
To help cover higher tuition costs that international students face, philanthropist and Miami lawyer Marcelo Saenz created a scholarship fund that is already making a difference for Paula and others.
"MDC showed me that you can reach your goals no matter where you come from."
PAULA DI MARTINO
Support services changed Valeria’s future
When Valeria Butler aged out of foster care at 18 years old, she was homeless and had no family support. But she found help at MDC, receiving tuition assistance through Educate Tomorrow. She received extra support when she met Wendy Joseph who helped her with course registration, housing and other resources like the MDC Food Pantry. Today, Valeria is employed part-time at MDC and working toward her bachelor’s degree in psychology so she can one day help other youth like Wendy helped her.
"MDC helped me turn my life around. My mentor, Wendy, is like family."
MDC goes styrofoam free thanks to these students
As president of MDC’s environmental sustainability student group, the Yes Club, Maria Parra spearheaded an effort three years ago to ban styrofoam containers from MDC’s eight campuses. She rallied the support of the College to begin offering sustainable alternatives. When Maria graduated last year, her peers carried the cause forward, signing petitions and working with College staff to negotiate new contracts with external service providers. Today their work has paid off.
"When we speak up about what matters, we get heard. I’m proud of our work; it gives me hope for our future."
Your support changes lives.
Sebastian Betancourt came to the U.S. with his mom and siblings for a better life. Thanks to a scholarship, Sebastian graduated from MDC’s Honors College this year, was awarded a transfer scholarship at graduation, and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s in electrical engineering at University of Michigan. Sebastian and his sister, who also graduated from MDC, are the first in their family to go to college.
Your support changes lives.
When she was 8 years old, Gayathri Samuel and her family came to Miami from Sri Lanka to pursue the American Dream. Gayathri is grateful for the Miami Bayside Foundation scholarship she received at MDC because it keeps her focused on studying. The aspiring lawyer and first-generation college student says there is power in philanthropy, and she looks forward to the day she can pay it forward for students after her.