1st annual board meeting at the Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, Florida on November 20, 2014.


The Foundation exists to pursue the Berkmans’ longstanding dedication and commitment to higher education in the United States, particularly higher education preparing future leaders and promoting the growth of knowledge into effective business and administration.  In addition, the Foundation aims to recognize particularly the achievements of the men and women who have served this country in military service.

Tax Exempt Status

The Foundation is recognized as a qualified tax exempt private foundation pursuant to section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Service and a not for profit exempt corporation under Chapter 617 Florida Statutes. The Foundation intends to annually award scholarships and research fellowship grants, which pursuant to the July 24, 2014 communication, may be excluded from the gross income of recipients for tax purposes.

Foundation Board of Directors

Harold W. Berkman, PhD
Professor Emeritus
University of Miami

Muriel Berkman, MS
Vice President

Martha Martinez-Malo, CPA
Former Senior Vice President of SunTrust Bank who recently retired. She has been a member of the BOD since 2014. Ms. Martinez-Malo processes all grants, scholarship awards, and honorariums. She also serves on the “Foundation” Executive Committee.

Barry J. Babin, PhD
Scholarship & Research Grant Chairman
Morris Lewis Professor and Chair of Marketing
Ole Miss Business School
The University of Mississippi
Dr. Babin has been a member of the BOD since 2014. He serves as the chairman of the scholarship and research grants committee. He was an active participant in the core group that formatted the “Foundation” By Laws submitted to the IRS.

Stuart A. Berry, CFP
Senior Vice President
SunTrust Investment Services, Inc.
Mr. Berry has been a member of the BOD since 2014. He brings a sharp intellect and analytic skills to the selection process.

Karen A. Berkman, PhD
Executive Director
Center for Autism and Related Disabilities
University of South Florida
Dr. Berkman
has been a member of the BOD since 2014. She is the daughter of Harold and Muriel Berkman. She provides the BOD with an understanding of veteran trauma. The Berkman family has waived all compensation and honorariums.

Laurie A. Babin, PhD
Associate Professor of Marketing
Ole Miss Business School
The University of Mississippi
Dr. Babin has been an ad hoc member of the BOD since 2015. Her background includes military service in the U.S. Navy, 4 years active duty and 20 years in the reserve. Her insights are valuable in the selection process of military veterans.

Nina Krey, DBA
Rowan University
Dr. Krey has been ad hoc member of the BOD since 2016. Dr. Krey was part of the start-up team that recruited the first award recipients while working on her doctoral studies at Louisiana Technical University. She initially screens all incoming applications. As the youngest member of the BOD, she brings a vital perspective to our deliberations.


General Counsel

Law Offices
Wicker Smith O’Hara McCoy & Ford P.A.
Coral Gables, FL

Certified Public Accountants

Olin, Gottlieb, Rotolante, Villalobos & Co.
Miami, FL