After years of bogies, birdies and chip shots, students at the College of Education will be awarded scholarships from a faculty endowment funded by the college’s annual golf fundraiser.
Interest generated by the endowment will be awarded annually to four College of Education students to help offset the cost of tuition. The first recipients will receive scholarships in the fall.
“We are thankful to the donors who made this scholarship possible,” said Delia C. Garcia, dean of the College of Education. “We are committed to our students’ success and this will allow four of our students to spend less time worrying about how to pay for their education and dedicate more time to their studies.”
The Sixth Annual College of Education Golf Scramble, presented for the second consecutive year by Continental National Bank, was held March 27 at the Miccosukee Golf & Country Club. It doubled the faculty endowment supporting student scholarships to more than $50,000.
“We are happy that FIU’s College of Education once again invited us to participate in their annual Golf Scramble,” said Guillermo Diaz-Rousselot, president and CEO of Continental National Bank. “The Bank is dedicated to the development of future leaders in the South Florida community, of whom no one is more deserving than our future teachers. It is exciting to know that thanks to the success of this year’s event, more students will benefit from the endowment. We hope that our participation in this event will help further the success of these students, and in turn, our community.”
This signified a dream come true for Associate Professor M.O. Thirunarayanan, who started the golf scramble as a way to help support deserving students.
“We started very small and every year we added more and more people, and with the help of a lot of people at the College of Education it’s grown to this level,” Thirunarayanan said. “It feels great to see everything come together because we can finally give away scholarships.”
More than 100 golfers – including reality star Zach Rance – hit the links for this year’s scramble. Other notable golfers included Pablo G. Ortiz, assistant superintendent of education transformation for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and Miami-Dade County’s 2015 principal of the Year, Guillermo Muñoz of Homestead Senior High, who played on the team of two-year corporate sponsor Ibiley Uniforms & More.
The first place foursome of Marcello Huarte, Mateo Jimenez, Jaime Rodriguez, and Terry Willie will have their names added to the College of Education Golf Scramble Trophy.