Badia Spices Donates $1 Million to FIU

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Badia Spices Donates $1 Million to FIU

MIAMI—Badia Spices, Inc. has
announced a $1 million gift to the Next Horizon campaign at Florida
International University to create the Badia Spices Scholarship Endowment at
the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management.

The Badia Spices Scholarship Endowment will be used to recruit and retain
students and enrich the student experience at the Chaplin School. It will do so
primarily by providing scholarships for students, with a preference given to
those who are first generation or demonstrate financial need.

“I am proud to continue
to strengthen the legacy of our family at FIU,” said Joseph Badia, CEO of Badia
Spices, Inc. “The university is an excellent partner for Badia Spices, Inc.,
and I am thankful to have this opportunity to support hospitality students.”

This gift is the largest
in the history of Badia and FIU’s partnership, surpassing a $500,000 gift in
May 2015 that named the Badia Spices Food Production Laboratory. That history
also includes two scholarship funds established in 2004 and 2006, respectively,
as well as the initiation of a spice competition for students. As part of that
challenge, students were asked to develop an original spice blend, with each
finalist receiving a Badia scholarship. Jenifer Bound ’14, created Holy Smokes
Pork & Meat Rub, and Eddie Zeng, MS ’15, created Biscayne Bay Seafood
Seasoning. The Chaplin School receives 5 percent of the global sales of the two
spice blends.

‘Cares Deeply About Our Hospitality

“Mr. Badia continues to
demonstrate his role as a community leader and someone who cares deeply about
our hospitality students,” said Michael Cheng, Interim Dean of the Chaplin
School. “We look forward to continuing to work with Badia Spices in the years
to come.”

Through this gift, Badia
Spices becomes one of the first major donors to the public phase of the Next
Horizon campaign. The campaign is a landmark effort by the university to raise
$750 million in support of student success and research excellence. “We thank Badia Spices,
Inc. and Mr. Badia for his support of our FIU,” said Howard Lipman, CEO of the
FIU Foundation, Inc. “With this gift, Badia Spices, Inc. is directly enabling
students to secure an excellent education at the Chaplin School.”