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Florida International University's First Generation Scholarship Program is supported by an innovative matching grant program. Established in 2006 by Florida Legislature, the program provides financial support to qualified undergraduate FIU students who are the first generation in their family to pursue a college degree. 

Starting in 2018-19, every $1 donated to the First Generation Scholarship Program has been matched by the State of Florida with $2. Previously, these donations were matched with an equal contribution by the state. We are excited by this news, as it is another step in the direction of expanding educational opportunities for deserving first generation students.

The program is the only one-of-its-kind in the state of Florida to match private donations for first generation scholarships, providing financial assistance for students to attend a state university or 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.

Empowerment Through Education

To date, FIU has awarded more than 13,000 scholarships for critical financial support to FIU students. Leveraged by state matching funds, gifts to the First-Generation Scholarship program enhance FIU’s reputation as a beacon of hope, providing an exceptional opportunity for donors to maximize the impact of their gifts. But we must do more.