The Moss Foundation Donates $25,000 to HANDY to Create FIU First Generation Scholarships

Nikki L

The Moss Foundation (Moss) has generously made a $25,000 gift to HANDY (Helping Abused Neglected Disadvantaged Youth), a non-profit organization that serves at-risk youth in Broward County, to create a new scholarship fund for first-generation students that will help recruit and support more HANDY students to Florida International University (FIU). The fund is a joint project between FIU, Moss and HANDY. With a 2:1 match from the state of Florida, the gift will have an even greater impact.

According to the press release, CEO of HANDY Kirk Brown, said “We are thankful to receive this gift from The Moss Foundation. “With this new scholarship fund at FIU, we can further expand the success and educational advancement of the youth we work with at HANDY.”

This isn’t the first time that Moss and CEO of the Moss Family Office Worldwide, Chad Moss ’94, have supported HANDY and FIU. In 2017, Moss made a $10 million gift to the FIU College of Engineering & Computing to create the Moss School of Construction, Infrastructure and Sustainability. Part of that gift was used to grow the Moss Foundation Scholarship Endowment, which provides scholarship support to students in the Moss School.  Mr. Moss currently serves on HANDY’s Advisory Council.

“I am proud that we are able to continue to support HANDY and FIU,” said Chad Moss. “Both organizations serve important roles in our community, and we are excited to help facilitate the two organizations working together to achieve incredible success.”

One of the many success stories that have come from this partnership is that of civil engineering alumnus Kevin Love ’15. A former HANDY student, Love met Chad Moss while at FIU, landed an internship with Moss Construction and then joined the company as a full-time employee upon graduation. Kevin is still part of the Moss family and is working as an assistant project manager in Dallas.

With this gift, the Moss Foundation, HANDY and FIU hope to further support students like Love. To support the HANDY First Generation Scholarship Fund, click here.

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