Braman Family Foundation Donates $250,000 to MDC for ScholarshipsAn incentive for students to enroll full-time during their last year and accelerate completion

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The Braman Family Foundation has renewed its commitment to a scholarship that helps Miami Dade College students who are in their final year to enroll full-time and complete their studies.

In 2017, the Braman Family Foundation donated an initial $1 million toward scholarships as an incentive for students to accelerate finishing their studies and graduating. Since then, the foundation has renewed its commitment annually, awarding more than 1,250 MDC students with critical funds that allow them to focus on their studies as they prepare to graduate and enter the workforce. Beyond financial help, students also receive extra support to remain on track through advising, coaching or referrals to resources.

“I work a full-time job and am a full-time student, by earning this scholarship, I was able to have peace of mind, knowing I had some more income coming in. It allowed me to purchase books and food,” said one grateful scholarship recipient.

Braman Scholars are more likely to complete their degree within an academic year than non-Braman Scholars. Recipients are nearly 100 percent minorities and nearly 70 percent female, with students majoring in nursing, biology and pre-med. With the $250,000 allocation for the 2020-2021 academic year, MDC will identify 250 high-performing students and award them $500 for fall. Students who qualify will receive an additional $500 for spring.

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