FAU’s Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program Receives $108,350 from the Rotary Club of Boca Raton


Boca Raton, FL – The Florida Atlantic University Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program recently was awarded $108,350 by the Rotary Club of Boca Raton. The donation stems from the club’s 21st Annual Outstanding People and Leaders (OPAL) Awards fundraiser, where Aubrey and Sally Strul, co-founders of the Kelly/Strul program, were honored for their commitment to education and mentorship.

“With generous support from organizations like the Rotary Club of Boca Raton, we are able to continue our work supporting first-generation scholars at FAU,” said Aubrey Strul.

Co-founded with FAU President John Kelly and First Lady Carolyn Kelly, the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program provides financial resources and personal support to help first-generation students through college. Through the program, students receive tuition, four-year on-campus housing, meal plans and additional supplies needed to graduate debt-free from FAU. From acceptance through graduation, every scholar follows an established path to ensure success. Through The Path, supplementary tools, including career planning, mentoring and financial literacy, among others, are provided to prepare recipients for successful collegiate careers and meaningful post-graduate lives.

The annual OPAL awards, created to raise funds for scholarships and mentoring by the Rotary Club of Boca Raton, honored eight philanthropists and collectively raised $220,000. Other awardees included Place of Hope founder and CEO Charles Bender III and B’nai Torah’s Rabbi David Steinhardt, among others.

“Serving our community and our future leaders is part of our motto, ‘Changing Lives, Building Futures,’” said Neil Saffer, member of the The Rotary Club of Boca Raton board of directors during the check presentation. “We are honored to have the opportunity to partner with Aubrey and Sally Strul on such a wonderful initiative.”


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