Opportunities for High School & College Students



North Miami Educational Foundation

North Miami Educational Foundation, Inc.

The North Miami Educational Foundation, Inc. (NMEFI) was established in 2012 as a non-profit organization, through which scholarships would be made available to support high school graduates in their pursuit of post secondary education. As part of its mission, NMEFI aims to make higher education and learning a reality for North Miami students in need of an opportunity to attend college.

Today, the North Miami Educational Foundation, Inc. administers a scholarship program, the only one of its kind, throughout Miami-Dade County, available exclusively to North Miami residents who just completed high school. The initial funds for these scholarships are generated from the City’s lease agreement with the developer, Oleta Partners, LLC.

In August 2012, North Miami entered into a 99-year lease agreement with Oleta Partners, LLC to convert a 183-plus acre site of undeveloped land, most recently known as Biscayne Landing, into a premiere project that will benefit its residents and businesses. The developer is contractually obligated to a community benefits package which includes the provision of $750,000 to support the vision of the North Miami Educational Foundation, Inc.

Board of Directors

  • Steven Moll, President
  • Gepsie Metellus, Vice President
  • Clark Reynolds, Treasurer
  • Mary Estime-Irvin, Secretary
  • Sophia Hall
  • Larry Juriga
  • Patrick Lacouty
  • Arthur H. Sorey, III
  • Miriam Stewart

Required Criteria
To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a North Miami resident and secondary school graduate with a standard high school diploma within the past two years

  2. Earn a GPA of 2.75 or better from high school, or letter grade of “C” or better in college classes taken as a full-time student

  3. Demonstrate financial need after completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  4. Dedicated to pursue either a BA/BS or AA/AS degree in any field from an accredited institution, preferably in Florida or one of the affiliated local institutions:

    • Barry University

    • Florida International University (FIU)

    • Johnson and Wales University

    • Miami Dade College

  5. Applied for or accepted as a full-time student

  6. Provide proof of acceptance to a college or university

NMEFI awards scholarships only to applicants who are North Miami residents and are economically disadvantaged high school graduates; however, the scholarships will be awarded to the best applicants fitting the required criteria. Applicants must demonstrate financial need after completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Scholarship may cover tuition and fees and educational expenses, up to the cost of attendance for your college or university. On your application, please state if you are seeking and/or have been granted awards from other organizations.

Students may receive one scholarship award per year divided into two allocations for two semesters/terms. The second allocation is contingent upon students earning a C or better grade for classes taken in the first semester/term. Thus, students must always demonstrate a strong commitment to learning and education in a field of his/her choice to pursue one of the following degrees:

  1. Associate in Art (AA)

  2. Associate In Science (AS)

  3. Bachelor in Art (BA)

  4. Bachelor in Science (BS)

The Scholarship is advertised by sending or posting information in the following venues:

     a. High Schools in and around North Miami

     b. North Miami Quality Education Advisory Board

     c. North Miami utility bills

     d. North Miami website – northmiamifl.gov

     e. Municipal TV Channel 77 (Comcast) and 99 9At&T)

     f. Radio

Application forms are available in the Spring of each year at northmiamifl.gov, or by contacting the NMEFI’s office at 305.895.9888 ext. 12109, or by e-mail at nmefi@northmiamifl.gov

Completed application forms with all attachments must be received at NMEFI’s office no later than May 4, 2018. Please send via e-mail, or fax to 305.893.1367.

  • Incomplete applications will not be considered and any changes to circumstances regarding your application must be notified by you to the NMEFI, immediately.

  • Successful candidates must complete a reapplication form each year if they choose to be considered for further financial support to complete their degree.

How to apply for a NMEFI Scholarship
The process is paperless! Applications must be submitted by e-mail to nmefi@northmiamifl.gov or by fax to 305.893.1367.

  • All e-mail attachments or faxes MUST be correctly labeled with the applicant’s name.

  • Please note that attachments not labeled as requested above will be DELETED and NOT registered.

Click here to download the NMEFI Application.


NoMi Leaders in Training Program Overview

Program Purpose:
The City of North Miami’s Leaders in Training (LIT) Program, is designed to develop our city’s next generation of public servants through higher education preparation, career readiness and enhanced understanding of local civic processes. The program will serve as a pipeline and pre-requisite for North Miami residents, grades 9-12, to transition into the city’s signature Youth Opportunity Board (YOB) Summer Internship Program. Upon completing the program’s hands-on professional leadership training, participants will gain soft skills needed to succeed in any profession. 

This initiative was created by Councilman Alix Desulme in collaboration with Patricia Elizee, Esq. The LIT Program is facilitated by Marilyn Paris-Lawson College Readiness Access and Motivational Services (CRAMS).

Program Components:

LIT includes three focus areas:

  1. Career Readiness: Many young residents are in need of resources to help them identify a career focus. Few understand the preparation involved in landing the ideal job opportunity. Through exposure to various career paths in the field of public service, LIT provides practical guidance for cultivating hard and soft skills required for life-long professional success. LIT assists youth participants in identifying and matching their individual interests, talents and skills with complimentary career opportunities. During this process participants receive a general overview of the responsibilities and functions of municipal government, by engaging with various department directors and learning their roles and contributions to the City of North Miami’s daily operations.

  2. Leadership Development: LIT program participants will be taught to recognize various professional leadership styles. Participants will learn how to apply these styles to chosen career interests and goals.

  3. Civic Engagement: Through one-on-one interactions with the City of North Miami’s elected officials and observation of government operations, LIT Program participants will be taught the fundamentals of government service, structure and leadership. Youth will also witness firsthand North Miami’s government practices and processes from the perspective of the City’s elected leadership.

Application Requirements:

  1. Prior to LIT Program consideration, potential candidates must submit the application on-line.
    Click here to fill out the application.

    Deadline: Friday, November 30, 2018

  2. COPIES of the following documents are required to be submitted with your application:

    • Picture I.D. (driver’s license/identification card/school I.D.)
    • Proof of Residency (current water bill or FPL bill)
    • Proof of Age (birth certificate)
    • Proof of Household Income
      • Last 3 consecutive pay check stubs (all house hold members who are 18 and older)
      If unemployed, parents must fill out an unemployment affidavit If no income, parents must submit a notarized affidavit certifying zero income
    • Recent Tax Returns with corresponding W2
    • Resume
    • Two (2) Reference Letters
  3. Once chosen, you will be notified to attend, along with a parent or guardian, a mandatory program orientation to discuss participant expectations.

  4. LIT Program candidates are required to successfully complete an 10-week training course.

Household-Size Income Eligibility

1 person 2 persons 3 persons 4 persons 5 persons 6 persons 7 persons 8 persons
$44,100 $50,400 $56,700 $62,950 $68,000 $73,050 $78,100 $83,100

Effective April 19, 2018 – Established by Federal Guidelines – Subject to Change.

 Program Location:

The LIT Program meets at the Joe Celestin Center, located at 1525 NW 135 Street, Miami, FL 33167. Program will run every Saturday, from February 9, 2019 through April 20, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Program Objectives:

Throughout the program, participants you will develop skills and proficiencies in the following areas:

  • Career Exploration
  • Self-Assessment of Skills & Abilities
  • Time Management
  • Workplace Organization
  • Job Interview Skills
  • Customer Service Strategies
  • Business Etiquette
  • Telephone Etiquette
  • Professional Attire
  • Municipal Leadership
  • Civic Engagement
  • City Council Structure

Click here for Job Summary

***Youth completing the program successfully will receive certificates of participation from the City of North Miami.

LIT participants selected for YOB internships will be paid for 20 hours of work per week. YOB Interns also will have an opportunity to volunteer for 10 additional hours each week.

Leaders in Training Program Schedule

Date Topic
2/9/2019 Parent & Student Orientation
City Government Overview
2/16/2019 Civic Engagement
2/23/2019 Civic Engagement & Public Service Jobs
3/2/2019 Career Exploration
Matching your interests to potential careers
3/9/2019 Communication Skills (for the workplace)
3/16/2019 Leadership Development
3/23/2019 Organizational Skills & Time Management (for the workplace)
3/30/2019 Customer Service Skills & Office Etiquette Skills
4/6/2019 Resume Development
YOB Application Distribution
4/13/2019 Dress for Success
4/20/2019 Job Interview Skills
YOB Enrollment

*The City reserves the right to modify schedule at any time.

Youth Opportunity Board (YOB) Summer Internship Program

The Youth Opportunity Board of the City of North Miami is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is once again recruiting income eligible students for placement in paid internships with the City this summer. The internships will allow selected income eligible applicants who meet the below income limits an opportunity to learn and become involved in the workings of local government.

All currently enrolled high school students who are 16 years of age or older and are RESIDENTS OF NORTH MIAMI, will also have to verify household income and assets. Interns will be paid 20 hours a week and have an opportunity to volunteer additional hours.

If you have any questions regarding the program or need additional details, please contact Shenell Cooper, Social Services Coordinator at scooper@northmiamifl.gov or Marie Frantz Jean-Pharuns, Housing & Social Services Manager at 305.893.6511 ext.19002.


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