DDA awarding scholarship to attend FIU Downtown


By Kelly Penton….
In coordination with the launch of Florida International University’s (FIU) Downtown Miami campus, the Miami Downtown Development Authority (Miami DDA) has announced it will award a 100 percent paid scholarship for one lucky “DWNTWNR.”

The selected person will receive a Professional MBA from Florida International University’s Chapman Graduate School of Business at its new location in the heart of Downtown’s Brickell Financial District. Applications for the scholarship — valued at $45,000 — currently are eing accepted through the Miami DDA website. Anyone who currently works or lives in downtown is encouraged to apply.

The new facility, located at 1101 Brickell Ave., will house FIU’s College of Business Administration and School of International and Public Affairs programs, as well as the Metropolitan Center, a research center focused on economic development, land use, housing, and applied social research. In making the decision to expand into Downtown Miami, FIU president Mark B. Rosenberg cites the significant increase in residential and commercial activity within the city’s urban core.

According to the Miami Downtown Development Authority, more than 70,000 residents now live within Downtown Miami’s borders, up more than 80 percent in the past decade. Added to this, approximately 200,000 people enter the district each workday.

“As downtown transforms into an international destination for residents and busi-nesses, the demand for nearby access to higher education will only continue to grow,” said Alyce Robertson, executive director of the Miami Downtown Development Authority. “The Miami DDA is proud to offer this scholarship and support continued investment in higher education opportunities for those who live and work in Downtown.”

The Miami DDA is accepting applications for its Professional MBA scholarship at FIU Downtown through July 1 with classes to begin in August. To be eligible, applicants must either reside or work within the Miami DDA’s boundaries, be accepted to FIU’s Chapman Graduate School of Business, and complete a 500- word essay regarding how they will use their MBA education to improve the future of downtown. The scholarship recipient will be selected by a blue ribbon panel of five independent Downtown Miami stakeholders, and will be notified by July 15. Full details about the scholarship and how to apply are available online at www.miamidda.com.

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