Support our First-Gen Students

By supporting First-Generation Scholarships, you will become a donor and a visionary. Join us in making FIU a beacon of hope committed to propelling our deserving first-generation students to their next horizon.

Your contribution will have three times the impact!

  • Financial Impact

    • Bridging the gap between a student’s total funding need and the partial funding received.
  • Empowerment

    • Empowering scholarship recipients and changing future generations by facilitating access to higher education.
  • Inspiration

    • Creating lasting change for families, communities, and the nation by opening doors of opportunity for first generation students.

Ways to Give

Online Giving

Make a secure payment or pledge online


Checks should be made payable to Florida International University Foundation, Inc. (please indicate First Generation Scholarship Fund in memo) and may be sent or delivered to:

FIU Foundation, Inc.
First Generation Scholarship Program
11200 SW 8th Street, MARC 5th Floor
Miami, FL 33199

Please indicate First Generation Scholarship Fund in the memo.


For more information, to customize a gift, or to make payments by phone, please contact:

Joan Casanova Gonzalez
Executive Director for Development Office for Student Success
Phone: 305-348-3583

Smilka Melgoza
Associate Director, FIU Foundation
Phone: 305-348-4931

Planned Giving

Learn how to earn income, pay fewer taxes, secure your retirement, enhance your net estate, create a personal legacy, or get more from your real estate. Visit the FIU Estate & Planned Giving page or call 305-348-7423.