Thursday, January 9, 2014

Miami Wealth Advisor Pledges $1M to Alma Mater for Endowed Scholarship Fund

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Jennifer and Gerald C. Grant Jr. with FIU College of Business Dean David R. Klock

Gerald C. Grant Jr. vowed to be the first African American to donate $1 million to his alma mater Florida International University (FIU). His wish came true last month when the university announced the Gerald C. Grant Jr. and Jennifer Adger Grant Scholarship Fund that will provide full tuition for undergraduate business students.

Grant is an award-winning financial planner, director of financial planning for AXA Advisors’ South Florida branch and author of Bold Moves to Creating Financial Wealth.  He worked his way through college at FIU earning two degrees and credits tutoring and career counseling with helping him to finish school after switching his major to business administration. The endowed scholarship fund will enable recipients to receive those same services.

College of Business Dean David R. Klock stated, “The Grants’ gift speaks to our central mission at College of Business – to enable all students to excel in the real world. We are deeply gratified that a successful alumnus like Gerald Grant understands the importance of supporting our students and demonstrates his ongoing commitment to our mission.”

An active community member in South Florida, Grant serves on the board of trustees at FIU, the United Way of Miami-Dade county executive committee, and is a member of Phi Beta Sigma and 100 Black Men of South Florida. His wife Jennifer is a member of Delta Sigma Theta.

Grant knows the importance of African-American donors sharing their stories of giving. He shared with BlackGivesBack, “You always hear so much of the negative. When you focus on the positive, it becomes easier to talk about.”

Learn more about Grant’s financial services and book by visiting his website at

Photo credit:  FIU Division of External Relations

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