Alumnus gives FIU $1 million

Gerald C. Grant and wife give back in a major way

Ashley Montgomery | 12/25/2013, 9 a.m.

Miami native Gerald C. Grant, Jr. can testify to the statement that “life is a marathon and not a sprint.” While attending Miami Edison Senior High, Grant, 57, made $2 an hour and, in college, worked two jobs.

With ambition and dedication in tow, Grant obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Florida International University [FIU] in Business Administration.

“I changed my major from accounting to business administration — even though I have a strong numbers background, my people skills and personality matched better with management,” Grant said.

Now the branch director of financial planning at AXA Advisors in Miami, Grant and his wife, Jennifer wanted to give back in a considerable way. The pair created a $1 million endowment that will be used for business students to use towards their studies at FIU. Grant and his wife understand the importance of providing opportunities for everyone — no matter what race. The university noted that the $1 million scholarship is, however, the largest gift to date from a Black alumnus.

“It’s a good feeling, but it is bigger than that and I really don’t want to make this about color,” Grant said.

Grant says there are many brilliant students who simply don’t have the income to pay for tuition and that’s who Jennifer, and himself want to help through this endowment.

“If everyone who has the funding gave back, it would make a huge difference, this is about leading by example,” he said. “My hope is to increase the awareness of how important it is to give back to the university.”

Grant is an FIU trustee and author of the 2010 book Bold Moves to Creating Financial Wealth. Dean David R. Klock said in a statement,

“The Grants’ gift speaks to our central mission at College of Business: to enable all students to excel in the real world.”