Miami Dade College and Miami-Dade County Partner to Provide Scholarships
Residents of Miami-Dade County with a 2.0 GPA are eligible to earn degrees at zero cost.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and Miami Dade College President Madeline Pumariega announced the launch of the Future Ready Miami-Dade Scholarship, an initiative providing Miami-Dade County residents the opportunity to complete an Associate in Arts (AA) or Associate in Science (AS) degree at MDC with zero cost. The county is committing nearly $3 million to fund this multi-year initiative, and recently approved the first $750,000 in the fiscal year 2023-24 budget. In addition, CareerSource South Florida has pledged to fund wrap-around services for scholarship recipients.
“Investing in education today is investing in the future of Miami-Dade County,” said Mayor Levine Cava. “This scholarship is a win-win-win for our youth, our community and our economy. By investing in making an associate degree cost-free for more families, this scholarship will open doors to opportunity to our residents and grow our talent pool, enabling our businesses to keep hiring local. I encourage eligible students to apply for these scholarships to prepare for the opportunities that tomorrow will bring and to become future ready for the new economy.”
To be eligible, high school graduates, home schooled graduates and those with a GED need at least a 2.0 GPA. The scholarship will cover expenses that are not addressed by other grants, financial aid and scholarships, making it possible for a broader range of students to access higher education.
“We are excited to partner with Miami-Dade County on this important initiative and open MDC’s doors to many more students,” said MDC President Madeline Pumariega. “As the workforce engine of the community, MDC remains committed to helping individuals obtain a college degree and achieve economic mobility.”
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