Miami Dade College to Launch Presidential Scholars Program August 19

Miami, August 18, 2021 – Continuing its efforts to provide greater access to quality education and workforce development, Miami Dade College (MDC) will kick-off its new Presidential Scholars Program on Thursday, August 19, at 6 p.m. MDC President Madeline Pumariega will deliver welcome remarks. Special guests will include Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava; Edward “Eddie” Borrego, Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Jackson West Medical Center; Judge Nushin Sayfie, Chief Judge, Miami-Dade Circuit Court; and Dr. Malou C. Harrison, MDC’s Executive Vice President and Provost.

The Presidential Scholars Program will offer high-performing graduating high school students in Miami-Dade County the opportunity to complete an associate degree at no cost beginning this fall term. The program also offers scholars a unique opportunity to join a society of changemakers with individualized services and hundreds of seamless transfer opportunities to the nation’s top universities.

Scholars must have cumulative weighted GPA of 3.50 or above. The scholarship award will cover tuition and fees, and provide a stipend for those who qualify. In addition, students will have access to assigned advisors and support in a number of areas, including program orientation, learning resources, career tracks, student life, community involvement, financial coaching, mentoring and much more. They will also have the opportunity to meet with the College President, distinguished alumni and top industry leaders.

MDC remains committed to enhancing equity and access for all students, offering a wide range of scholarships and other financial assistance to support students during every step of their education pathway and wrap around services with additional resources.

In addition to the new Presidential Scholars Program, the College recently created the Rising Black Scholars Program, which provides Black high school graduates with free tuition for up to two years, and Fast Track Sharks, designed to help incoming freshmen transition to college.

To apply for the Presidential Scholars Program and for more information, visit