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Sarah R. Gaylord Memorial Scholarship, Kathryn G. Chase


As Citibank’s East Region President of the Consumer Bank and National Small Business Segment Head, Kathryn G. Chase recognizes a worthwhile investment when she sees one – and giving back to FIU and its students tops her list. “They need us. For those who can, nothing feels better than giving to the future leaders of our community,” she said.

In honor of her late mother, Sarah R. Gaylord, Ms. Chase established a scholarship endowment through a $100,000 gift to benefit these future leaders – deserving first generation Honors College students. The Sarah R. Gaylord First Generation Scholarship Endowment will make these scholarships available. “Creating a scholarship in her name means that she can continue to impact others,” Chase said of her mother, Sarah, who was her role-model and best friend.

This gift toward the First Generation Scholarship Fund, which supports FIU students who are the first generation in their families to receive a college degree, will provide annual scholarships of $5,000. Each scholarship will be matched 100 percent by the State of Florida for a total of $10,000 for one student per year, up to four years. To date, FIU has awarded more than $6.6 million to nearly 8,830 FIU students through the First Generation Scholarship Fund.

Chase, a former vice-chair of the FIU Foundation Board of Directors, hopes her gift allows more students the opportunity to finish college and achieve their dreams. Chase’s 2012 gift supporting First Generation Scholarships helped create one of her fondest FIU memories that still resonates today – seeing the impact on the scholarship recipients. 

“They mailed me personal cards with their stories, and how it was making a difference in their lives,” she said. What better investment could you make?”