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FIU First Generation Scholarship Program is supported by an innovative matching grant program established in 2006 by the Florida Legislature. The program provides financial support to qualified undergraduate FIU students who are the first generation in their families to attain a college degree. This program is the only one of its kind in the state of Florida to match private donations for first-generation scholarships 100 percent, providing financial assistance for students to attend a state university or Florida college. At the heart of this innovative scholarship program are the dreams of first-generation students who aspire to reap the benefits of an FIU degree.

To date, FIU has awarded critical financial support to nearly 10,000 FIU students. The need, however, is far greater than available resources – currently, less than one in seven eligible students receives a First Generation Scholarship. As a result, many talented and highly motivated students with limited resources are forced to attend only part-time or postpone their education altogether. Leveraged by state matching funds, gifts to the First Generation Scholarship Program address a critical need by facilitating access to higher education and enhance FIU’s reputation as a beacon of hope. The state match provides an exceptional opportunity to maximize the impact of your gift.

Become a DreamMaker today and enrich the future of our first generation students!

If you would like to learn more about the First Generation Scholarship Program and make a contribution, please visit, or contact Joan Casanova Gonzalez at 305-348-3583 or