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FIU's Wisdom Offor
FIU's Wisdom Offor

At FIU, we proactively identify problems that could stand in the way of students moving through FIU. And we provide guidance and solutions to help students overcome them. Seeing through the eyes of our students, we tackle challenges from a student-centered perspective and implement practices that keep them on the path to graduate in four years, while equipping them for their next steps as professionals, entrepreneurs, or graduate students.

For some students, just a few hundred dollars can mean the difference between completing their course load and graduating on time, dropping out to earn enough money to return to FIU, or not finishing their degree at all. Nationally, approximately 15 percent of college students drop out with 75 percent of their credits completed, mainly for financial reasons.

But at FIU, these students have the opportunity to receive completion scholarships that could change their outlook on the final year of school. The Braman Family Foundation Completion Scholarships offer students in their final year at FIU and Miami Dade College $1,000 awards to help them persist to graduation.

Wisdom Offor (’18), an FIU Track and Field star who recently earned a bachelor’s degree in sports and fitness, was one of the first recipients of the Braman Family Completion Scholarship. Offor says earning the Braman Family Completion Scholarship, which also provided him with a success coach to plan his short- and long-term goals, “was a blessing.” Now, he is headed to nursing school and hopes to combine his degrees in a career as an orthopedic nurse working with athletes.

For FIU, student success does not only mean scholarships. In times of need, we are also ready to lend a helping hand when the going gets tough for our students.

FIU Students from Puerto Rico: Mariela Serrano (left) and Sarah Colon (right)
FIU Students from Puerto Rico: Mariela Serrano (left) and Sarah Colon (right)

When hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the Caribbean during the 2017 season, they left a great need among students in their wake. FIU was quick to respond in a number of ways. We partnered with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York to support displaced students from Puerto Rico. Grants from the Knight Foundation and Carnegie Corporation provided funding for tuition, housing, books, meals, and other costs associated with relocation.

FIU has a deep commitment to community. In times of anguish and turmoil, it is natural for the university to step in to help. While Hurricane Maria exacted an emotional and personal toll in the lives of Puerto Rican students, they were not alone. FIU, the Knight Foundation, and the Carnegie Corporation made it possible for these students to continue their academic journeys. We became their safe space, their home, and their opportunity to remain resilient.

Our students have a bright future in the South Florida community and beyond. To learn more about how FIU supports student success, visit give.fiu.edu.