During FIU’s 13th Annual Torch Awards Gala, which was held on Saturday, March 8, 2014, FIU Law alumnus Abraham Ovadia ’09 was recognized as a ‘notable alumni and influential member of the university community.’
This past September, Ovadia donated $400,000 to the FIU College of Law to enhance its career planning and placement office, which now bears his name. The gift is the largest to date from an FIU Law School alumnus to the law school, and is one of FIU’s largest gifts from an individual alumnus under the age of 30.
The Torch Awards represent the highest honor conferred by FIU to a graduate. The recipients serve as “torchbearers” or leaders who exemplify the best of the university and serve as an inspiration to all. In 1972, FIU dedicated the Torch of Knowledge, Service and Understanding to the memory of the late Ernest R. Graham, the forward-thinking senator who championed the University’s creation. On FIU’s 25th anniversary, the FIU Alumni Association established the Torch Awards to honor the successful individuals who have had a positive impact on their profession, the community and the University.
The alumni and faculty that are selected represent FIU’s finest.