$10 million gift given to Florida International University
October 02, 2013
Many foundations, alumni and other generous individuals like to give to academic institutions in the early fall. Not only are many people's minds on school in the early autumn, but it's also a good time to prompt change.
This sentiment certainly rings true in the Sunshine State, where Florida International University (FIU) recently received a $10 million gift from Dr. Herbert Wertheim. With this donation, the institution's nursing school will be renamed the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences. This mirrors the university's already established Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.
"This gift reflects the love we have for our community and is a pledge to create more high quality health professionals, who will collaborate for the benefit of our community," Wertheim explained in a statement.
Nursing College Dean Ora Strickland stated that the money will go toward expanding the university's graduate and research portfolios, as well as recruit the best and brightest professors and students to the school.
According to FIU News, Wertheim was the recipient of the Horatio Alger Award in 2011 because of his various accomplishments, including numerous discoveries in the realm of eye care and physiology. He was also honored because of a $20 million donation he made to the school in 2009, the largest cash gift FIU has ever received.
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