In 2017, Chad Moss—executive vice president of the national construction management company at Moss & Associates—made the largest donation ever from an alumnus to FIU. With a $10 million contribution from the Moss Foundation to the College of Engineering & Computing, three endowments were created, with one entirely dedicated to helping first-generation students through scholarship awards.

At FIU, approximately 90 percent of undergrads are minorities, with 25 percent being first-generation college students, the first in their families to attend college.

Three construction management students, in particular, know what it’s like to be a first-gen student, facing challenges that make education seem inaccessible. William Zepka, a junior in the construction management program, says the Moss scholarship allowed him to be a full-time college student.

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