Eduardo J. Padrón
Office of the President
300 N.E. Second Avenue
Miami, Florida 33132-2297
Message From the President
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
School of Nursing Receives $5 Million Donation From Benjamin León Jr. and Family
Today, the León family and Leon Medical Centers announced that they will donate $5 million to Miami Dade College’s School of Nursing. The donation coincides with the 50th anniversary of the School of Nursing, which opened its doors in 1962.
In recognition of this most generous and forward-thinking gesture, the College will rename the school the “Benjamin León School of Nursing” and will ensure a dependable pipeline of well-trained professionals for Miami’s healthcare sector. The León family gift will allow the College to enhance our nursing program in several critical areas:
The León Scholars Program will provide full scholarships to outstanding students who have completed the Associate in Science in Nursing degree and will enter the Bachelor of Science program.
Ongoing faculty and staff development will be an additional priority, aiming to provide one of the nation’s most respected programs with professional expertise in the latest medical advances.
Lastly, the León gift will sponsor the MDC/León Family Lecture Series, bringing experts from across our community and the nation to address the latest developments in the field.
With this donation, the León family has raised the bar on corporate citizenship and community engagement. Their support for MDC’s nursing program recognizes the essential collaboration between industry and higher education. MDC remains committed to serving the needs of the South Florida community, and with the great partnership of the Leon Medical Centers, we are sure to set an even higher standard of excellence.
Please join me in expressing the College’s gratitude to the León family for this most generous donation. Thanks to their gift, we will take our already nationally renowned School of Nursing to even greater heights and, more importantly, expand our impact in the community.