With a recent gift to establish the Ruth Andrade – Jose Alberto Maldonado Zavala Scholarship Endowment, computer science alumnus and first-generation college graduate Jose Maldonado ’17 has become one of the first members of FIU’s Pathway to Philanthropist program.
The scholarship will benefit first-generation students in the Honors College, of which Maldonado is a graduate, with preference given to freshman who plan to pursue a degree in computer science or engineering.
FIU’s Pathway to Philanthropist program offers donors a unique and flexible approach to the giving process, in which they can grow their personal philanthropy over time while making an immediate impact at FIU. Maldonado’s gift includes an annual cash gift to fund scholarship awards; an endowment on which he will build over time to ensure the perpetuity of the scholarship; and a planned gift to FIU in the form of a life insurance policy, which will maximize impact of the endowment fund.
“What I liked about the Pathway to Philanthropist program is that there are multiple levels of impact my gift can have. In the immediate term, the scholarship will help students with financial and mentorship support to do their best work for their communities. In the long term, building the endowment and building towards the life gift will solidify that support for generations to come,” Maldonado said.