fmu_donor_web.jpgMIAMI GARDENS — The Miami Bayside Foundation has announced a $200,000 gift to Florida Memorial University to support access to higher education for City of Miami residents.

A portion of the funds, $10,000, will be immediately used for student scholarships during the upcoming 2012-2013 year, while the remaining will support the establishment of an endowment for students interested in business and entrepreneurship from the city.

Founded in 1988, the Miami Bayside Foundation aims to stimulate economic development in the city and provide educational opportunities. As part of that mission, the donation will provide talented students within the city with the resources needed to pursue their academic and professional goals at FMU.

“We are grateful to have this opportunity to partner with the Miami Bayside Foundation to give minority students from the City of Miami greater access to a high-quality education at Florida Memorial University,” said Adriene B. Wright, vice president for Institutional Advancement. “At Florida Memorial, we take pride in producing the highest return on investment for our supporters and the highest quality education for our students.”

 As South Florida’s only historically black college or university (HBCU), FMU is also the third oldest institution of higher learning in the state. Nearly 90 percent of all undergraduate students at FMU are minority students, while the campus also serves many commuting city residents. 

“With such a culturally diverse student body, Florida Memorial University embodies and reflects our organization’s mission by continuing to advance our community,” said Nathan Kurland, chairman of the Foundation’s education committee.

For more information on the Miami Bayside Foundation call 305-379-7070, e-mail or visit


SUPPORT: From left, Marc Sarnoff, City of Miami District 2 commissioner; Pamela Weller, Miami Bayside Foundation vice chair; Henry Lewis III, FMU president.