Scholarship and Legacy Gifts Support the Future of NSU

Photo of Humberto Franquiz “To me, it’s a privilege working here,” said Humberto Franquiz, director of finance for NSU’s Office of Facilities Management. “Giving back means helping the university that gave you an opportunity and helping a student earn their degree.”

Franquiz designated his Changing Lives Scholarship to the College of Optometry because his daughter works in and loves the field. But if he didn’t give to optometry, Franquiz said, he would easily find another NSU area of interest to support. The amount is not the point, he added, but “you can give up a lot of things if you think about it. In my case, I like to bring my lunch.”

Sacrificing in order to give is not new to Franquiz. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps at 17 years old. From the beginning of his service, he donated to the United Services Organizations. “My paycheck was $400 a month,” Franquiz said. “But we still gave.”

Numerous career paths are represented in his office, which is responsible for all NSU construction, maintenance, and safety. In addition to experience, student interns get a behind-the-scenes look “at what we do to support them,” Franquiz said. “And a number of safety officers are students.” In addition to funding his Changing Lives Scholarship, Humberto has secured a legacy gift to NSU through a life insurance policy.

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