2021 MDC Class GiftMDC graduates raise record $24K+ for student scholarships

Madeline Pumariega with alumni at commencement 2021

More than 1,199 graduates from Miami Dade College’s Class of 2021 came together to raise a record $24,731.41 for student scholarships with their contribution to the MDC Class Gift. Graduates showed their commitment to giving back by wearing their alumni stoles at MDC Commencement ceremonies on May 1 at loanDepot park.

The overwhelming support of this year’s Class Gift program surpassed previous records by 19%. Since starting in 2017, the Class Gift program by the MDC Office of Alumni Relations has raised a total of $68,000, all of which go to benefit student scholarships.

“The Class Gift is an opportunity for graduates to come together and leave their legacy at MDC by helping future MDC Sharks,” said Adlar Garcia, director of alumni relations at MDC. “Now more than ever, students need our help. We are very proud of our graduates who chose to give back to their alma mater.”

With 57% of MDC students coming from low-income households and 78% who work while attending college, scholarship support at MDC is vital. Students like Sandra Duque know firsthand the positive impact of a scholarship on a student’s life – and that’s why they support it.

“The generosity of others helped me reach my goal of obtaining a college degree. I am grateful MDC believed in me and supported by dreams,” said Duque, who graduated with her Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management. “I am proud to pay it forward and support future Sharks. I AM MDC!”

Learn more about the MDC Class Gift and Office of Alumni Relations at www.mdc.edu/alumni