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The Berta D. Villares Book Scholarship Award

The Berta D. Villares Book Scholarship Award is in honor of Berta D. Villares, former Associate Director of Benefits at FIU. Berta served our FIU community with relentless dedication and passion, and helped many faculty and staff members make sound decisions with important benefit options. The Berta D. Villares Book Scholarship Award will provide an eligible faculty/staff member currently using the FIU Tuition Waiver Policy a one-time cash award. The award is designed to help offset the expenses associated with the purchase of required course textbooks.

It was so fitting to name this ‘The Berta D. Villares Book Scholarship Award’ because my mother was an avid reader and writer. She devoured books and believed in the power of knowledge. In 2003, Berta won first place for her story ‘Olor de Almendra,’ Smell of Almonds, and she received a $1,000 prize from the Cuban Museum. She had a natural talent for writing and she even wrote a story for one of her colleagues at FIU and gave it to her as a gift. I strongly believe eligible FIU staff and faculty members would benefit in being able to use these precious funds to purchase textbooks to further their education. My mother also believed in the power of giving back and did so in her many years of service in Human Resources at the University. This gift would continue her legacy as a testimony that giving to others only makes you richer!Veronica Paysse-Villares, Daughter of Berta D. Villares and FIU Alumna
Pursuing my education at FIU was possible due to the great benefits offered to me as a staff member, and the support from my family, colleagues and friends. This scholarship award honors the legacy of a great colleague and friend, Berta D. Villares, who relentlessly served the FIU family with their benefit and retirement options. I contribute to this award as a small way to pay-it-forward for other colleagues who are pursuing their education and making a world of difference at FIU.Trudy Fernandez, Director of Human Resources, M.S. ’06 College of Business Administration

How to Give

  • Recurring Biweekly Payroll Deductions – Your Gift Amount will be deducted continuously. (i.e., $1.92 = $1.92 per pay period until you request a change)
  • One Payment Payroll Deduction – Your Gift Amount will be deducted from one pay check only. (i.e., $100 = $ 100 from one pay period)
  • Pay Directly with Credit Card
  • Download Pledge Form

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