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Meet the Benefactor

The Jarrod D. Benjamin Emerging Leaders Scholarship is made possible through an endowed gift from Mr. Benjamin. This scholarship fund will provide individual awards (ranging $250 - $1,000) to three young men who attend a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in Louisiana. 


Mr. Benjamin is the Florida International University Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Program Director and Adjunct Professor. He currently manages and develops curriculum embedded certifications for the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy. He serves as a subject matter expert on the $3 million dollar Intelligence Community-Center of Academic Excellence consortium grant. His work on this grant provides a career pipeline for students to receive career opportunities in the Intelligence Community.

Mr. Benjamin also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of The LEAD Firm. He is responsible for curriculum development, leadership training, keynote events, and serves as an organization consultant for over 120 colleges and universities across the country. Oversight training includes Higher Education Enrollment Management Consultation, Student Leadership, Greek Life, and Student Affairs Professional Team Building. Mr. Benjamin is the founder and host of the Black and Multicultural Greek EMPOWERMENT Summit – Atlanta Edition.

Mr. Benjamin has worked in numerous leadership roles at institutions of higher learning, and the United States Army in Miami Florida, Honolulu Hawaii, Fort Gordon Georgia, Germany, Korea, Brisbane Australia, and Wellington New Zealand. His diligence and compassion for his work has earned him the prestigious United States President’s Lifetime Award. He was also awarded one of Miami’s Top Black Educators of 2021 and was featured in The Miami Herald. Jarrod D. Benjamin is a proud military veteran, with over 48 months of combat deployment experience in Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan. His research, work, and expertise are centered around equitable, applicable and relatable programming that builds well rounded student experience for student leaders and campus-based professionals.

A native of Natchitoches, Louisiana, Mr. Benjamin received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Florida Memorial University and a Master of Business Administration degree, with a concentration in Management from Nova Southeastern University.


Jarrod D. Benjamin is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and National Association for Student Affairs Professionals, Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values, Association of Fraternity Advisors, and the National Black MBA Association.

See press release here.

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