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Joel Cedano

First-Generation Scholarship Recipient

Senior, College of Business


Joel Cedano is a senior studying management information systems. In addition to taking classes at the College of Business, Joel serves as president of FIU’s chapter of the Association for Information Systems and works for the Miami-based startup company Addigy.

But balancing his work, school and home-life has not always been easy for Joel. His father’s kidneys are failing, and he must help support his family in their time of need. Earning the Mr. and Mrs. Cajigas Empower a Life Scholarship has given Joel more flexibility and the financial stability to be able to focus on his studies. He will graduate with a full-time job working for Addigy in Fall 2018.

“[This scholarship] has brought financial relief to me and my family when we needed it the most,” Joel said. “Going to school and working has been hard. Sometimes it’s easy to feel that life is unfair and good things only happen to the lucky. But due to the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Cajigas, and all the donors who give scholarships to students, I know there is great goodness in the world.”