18th Annual Torch Awards

The FIU Alumni Association hosted its 18th annual Torch Awards Reception on Thursday, November 17, 2022.

View a gallery of the award gala


Beyond paying tribute to FIU’s impressive supporters, the event will support the future construction of our FIU Alumni Center and benefit the First Generation Scholarship Program.

  • Group of FIU Students

    First Generation Scholarship Program

    The First Generation Scholarship Program provides financial support to qualified undergraduate students who are the first generation in their families to attain a college degree. All donations are matched 2-for-1 by the state of Florida, tripling donor impact and making dreams come true for many deserving students.

    See how your donation supports our First-Gen Students

  • Rendering of the FIU Alumni Center

    FIU Alumni Center

    Serving as a multi-purpose facility for academic, social and business gatherings, the space will recognize donors, share university history and showcase both student and alumni accomplishments. The FIU Alumni Center will foster and encourage lifelong connections between Panthers.

    Learn more about the FIU Alumni Center

Since this is an institution that gives back continuously, it makes complete sense to give back to something that nurtures you and feeds you.

Darlene Boytell-Perez ARNP '89, MSN '96, 15th Annual Alumna of the Year Award Recipient


Alumnus of the Year

Presented to a past Torch Award Recipient who has achieved distinction through exceptional contributions to our international, national, state or community welfare. This person illustrates the highest standards of integrity and character that positively reflect and enhance the prestige of Florida International University.

Regynald Washington
Regynald G. Washington '74
Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management

Professional Achievement Awards

Presented to an alumnus/a who has made great strides in the early stages of his/her career, who has demonstrated exemplary service and civic involvement in his/her community and has made great strides in entrepreneurial endeavors.

Jeanelle Boscan

Charles E. Perry Young Alumni Visionary Award

Jeanelle Boscan '05, MBA '07
College of Business

Ines Hernandez

Community Leadership Award

Ines Hernandez MPA '00
Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs

Barbara Pestana-Cartaya

Community Leadership Award

Barbara Pestana-Cartaya '02
College of Business

Eddy Augsten

Entrepreneurial Leadership Award

Eddy Augsten '03
College of Business

John F. Clark, PhD

Entrepreneurial Leadership Award

John F. Clark, PhD
Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs

Distinguished Alumni Awards

Presented to alumni who have brought honor and distinction to the university through their notable record of service and achievement in a particular discipline, organization or cause.

Alba Castillo Baylin

Alba Castillo Baylin '95
Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management

Marylu Miller

Marylu Miller '90
College of Arts, Sciences & Education
Awarded posthumously

Eric A. Maldonado

Eric A. Maldonado '86
College of Business

Joseph Ha

Joseph Haj '84
College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts

Hal Delgado

Hal Delgado '85, MS '01
College of Engineering & Computing

Desmond Meade

Desmond Meade JD '14
College of Law

Nadia Haj

Nadia Haj '74, MS '79
Division of Academic and Student Affairs

Patricia E. Bradley

Patricia E. Bradley '74
Division of Athletics

Honorable Veronica A. Diaz

Honorable Veronica A. Diaz, '98
Honors College

Grisel Fernandez-Bravo

Grisel Fernandez-Bravo, BSN '82, ARNP '85, MBA, DNP
Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences

Florence Greer

Florence Greer MPH '95
Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work

Cheryl A. E. Little

Cheryl A. E. Little, Esq. '82
Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs

Gold Sponsors

  • First Horizon
  • Memorial Healthcare System
  • Restaurant Brands International
  • Santander

Silver Sponsors

  • BankUnited
  • The Biltmore School
  • Coca Cola Company
  • Coca Cola Beverages Florida
  • The Knight Foundation

Annual FIU Alumni Sponsor

  • Codina Partners