The Alex Rodriguez Scholarship: UM

Bypassing a collegiate experience and forgoing a scholarship to play football at the University of Miami, Alex Rodriguez went right from high school into the major leagues.   For over 16 years, Alex has supported the college dreams of BGC alumni with scholarships at the University of Miami, which allow them to have the college experience he missed, but values greatly.

Alex has supported the college dreams of more than 25 BGC alumni who attend the University of Miami, where Alex serves as Board of Trustees member. Recipients hail from around the United States; yet regardless of where students call home, this scholarship program remains one of Alex’s most important contributions. It’s his way of “paying it forward” to the BGC for the impact they had on his life as a young child.

In Their Own Words

Michael Raghunandagn, Exercise Physiology Major, University of Miami

“I am an Exercise Physiology major with minors in Biology and Sports Medicine. My work load keeps me extremely busy, with little time for work or play. The Alex Rodriguez Scholarship came at the right time because it allows me to focus 100% on my studies rather than needing to find work to pay my tuition. Thank you, Mr. Rodriguez!”


David Farag, Pre-Med Major, University of Miami

“The Alex Rodriguez Scholars Program changed my life. Now I can fully focus on my studies instead of worrying about finances. It has also freed me up to volunteer with programs like City Year so I can pay it forward to others in my community.” City Year is a program where recent graduates volunteer full-time in inner city schools to mentor underserved populations.


Kyle Sylvester, Mechanical Engineer Major, University of Miami

“My very first little league baseball team was the Yankees, so from a very young age I’ve looked up to all their players as heroes, especially Mr. Rodriguez. By giving back to the community, Mr. Rodriguez has taught me and my fellow scholarship recipients so much about how to be a stand up member of society. With this scholarship I’m able to continue my education here at the University of Miami and look forward to becoming a Mechanical Engineer thanks to Mr. Rodriguez’s generosity.”


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