Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF) and the Florida Independent College Fund (FICF) recently distributed $96,000 in CIC/UPS Scholarships to assist 30 students at private colleges and universities in Florida. The scholarships were made possible by a grant from the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, DC, through the CIC/UPS Educational Endowment.
Nationally, CIC provided more than $1.4 million in student scholarships through state-based associations to make private colleges and universities more affordable and accessible to underserved students.
Students who received the award this year attend independent Florida colleges and universities such as Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Keiser University and Saint Leo University, and others. Since 1985, more than 800 students in Florida have received over $2 million in UPS Scholarships.
ICUF is a diverse association, representing 30 independent, non-profit, higher educational institutions.
“Florida’s independent colleges and universities are engines of opportunity for Floridians,” said Bob Boyd, ICUF president and CEO. “That’s why ICUF strives to equip students with the assistance they need to receive an education that best suits their needs. We believe investing in the next generation of our workforce will ensure the Sunshine State continues to be a beacon of opportunity for generations to come.”
“The Council of Independent Colleges is proud to support nearly 450 low-income, first-generation, minority, and new American students in 26 states through the CIC/UPS Scholarships,” said Marjorie Hass, president of the Council of Independent Colleges. “Through our partnership with the Florida Independent College Fund, these scholarships help individual students pursue their education at one of Florida’s superb independent colleges and universities.” The CIC/UPS Scholarships Program has made a private college education possible for more than 21,000 low-income, first generation, and minority students and has had a transformative impact on individuals, families, and communities across the country.