BOARD OF DIRECTORS


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Dr. Arnhilda Badía

PRESIDENT

Dr. Arnhilda Badía, former Professor at Florida International University, has devoted her life to advocacy for minority students by promoting educational equity. With over 35 years of experience in teacher education, she has expertise in a wide variety of specialties including language policy, linguistics, language acquisition, and curriculum development.


Dr. Badia served as Florida State Representative from 1984 to 1988 and was able to pass important legislation that had a great impact on the education of English language learners and in the education of Hispanic students. She is the author of the Jose Marti Scholarship Challenge Grant, a fund managed by the Florida Department of Education, specifically for Hispanic students enrolled in public and certain private institutions in Florida. This is a need-based scholarship that is awarded based on the student’s cumulative grade point average (GPA). The grant fund amount is determined by private donations as well as funds that are allocated by the Florida Legislature.

Dr. Badia obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Meredith College and received her Master’s Degree and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in Modern Languages and Linguistics. She completed a post-graduate degree at Harvard University in Educational Leadership. Dr. Badia is the author of several series of textbooks for children and adults. She is the President of the José Martí Foundation and belongs to several boards that focus on the importance of bilingual and multicultural education.


The Jose Marti Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation founded in 1989 to raise funds from the private sector to award scholarships to students of Hispanic origin. The Foundation was established as the fundraising arm of a bill presented by State Representative Arnhilda Badia that became Florida law in 1988 called The Jose Marti Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund.

Scholarships are awarded to Hispanic students enrolled in public and certain private institutions in Florida. This is a need-based scholarship. Recipients must demonstrate financial need by completing the national Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Although graduate students are permitted to apply, the focus of this scholarship is to award graduating high school seniors. The student must have a cumulative GPA between 3.0 and 4.0 or a 3.0 institutional cumulative GPA for undergraduate studies. Recipients are selected by the Florida Department of Education based on these criteria.

The grant fund amount is determined by private donators as well as funds that are allocated by the Florida Legislature. Every year, based on donations, funds are submitted to the Florida DOE The Jose Marti Scholarship Challenge Grant Trust Fund. For every dollar raised by the private sector, the Florida Department of Education provides matching dollars.

Donors to the Jose Marti Foundation are entitled to a charitable contribution deduction. For tax purposes, the Foundation will provide donors with an acknowledgement of donor’s charitable contribution in accordance with applicable law.


Maria Elena Wolberg
Chairperson
Jose Ortega, Jr.
Vice-President

Luis Lopez
Secretary
Eliseo Ferrer
Treasurer

Juan Tejera
CPA