Educational Scholarship Program
The Davie-Cooper City Chamber Education Foundation awards annual scholarships and enrichment grants to students and educators in public schools served by the Chamber. Funding for the foundation comes from voluntary member donations and Education Committee fundraising initiatives.
Scholarship applications are evaluated based on academics, community involvement, financial need, school involvement and awards received. Grants are awarded to fund projects that enhance the standard curriculum, explore new alternatives to traditional learning methods and address priority needs for which funding is not available through current revenue sources.
Education Committee Co-Chair, Michael Ficara
The MAGS Group realizes that today’s economy challenges us to have a variety of skill sets, always be
growing our knowledge base, and continue to expand our network. MAGS President Mike Ficara has had
the opportunity to work in a variety of industries over his career including education, information
technology, and business development. This vast experience provided the insight into how people learn,
leadership, and most importantly what motivates people to succeed. Due to his wide range of experiences
he has been sought after to speak as an expert at several large conventions in a variety of industries across
the United States and in International markets as well.
Given this knowledge and experience, today Mike spends his time coaching and consulting where he has
the privilege of working with many successful business leaders as well as entrepreneurs. Together, hard
work and opportunity allowed them to grow several successful businesses in education, healthcare, oil and
gas, telecommunication, e-commerce, and manufacturing. In addition, he has helped to consult on the
development and training for creating a blended learning environment for several public, private, and
charter schools across the United States. Mike has worked with various enterprise clients to develop robust
digital training programs along with strategic business plans to attack a variety of markets.
Visit www.MikeFicara.com for links to social media & more information about The MAGS Group.
Education Committee Co-Chair, Cibele Buda
Cibele Salomao Buda is a multi-lingual, experienced and dynamic Finance & Operations executive and entrepreneur with a passion for building businesses and challenging the status quo. After over 15 years working in the entertainment industry in the areas of distribution production, corporate finance and FP&A, mostly at Telemundo/NBCU, Cibele started a successful media consulting business in 2011. She provided FP&A, strategic planning and analysis and production services to companies such as MTV, Nickelodeon, Disney as well as independent companies in the US and LATAM. Her credits include the executive production of the docu-reality TV show Catfish in Colombia, Mexico and Brazil.
More recently, Cibele has developed and launched the public benefit corporation, Rebel Buda, focusing on creating and promoting sustainable products and solutions. She believes that businesses can be a force for good and for change. Rebel Buda currently offers a plastic free, organic and chemical free alternative to clothing for the whole family while providing solutions for a more sustainable lifestyle.
Cibele has an BA in Communications – Journalism from UFRJ (Brazil) and an MBA in Finance & Strategy from the University of Southern California. She speaks fluent Portuguese, Spanish and French. Cibele lives in Plantation, FL with her husband and two boys, 12 & 10 and is a wannabe tri-athlete and yogi.