FAU announces college scholarship for former Beach Elementary student

Scholarship recipient Hayleigh Keith, a Cypress Lake High School senior and former Fort Myers Beach Elementary School student

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Scholarship recipient Hayleigh Keith, a Cypress Lake High School senior and former Fort Myers Beach Elementary School student

The scholarship offers academically talented college students the opportunity to graduate from Florida Atlantic University (FAU), debt-free.

The generous financial aid package includes tuition, four-year on-campus housing, books, a meal plan and additional resources needed to complete their college degree.

The Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program was launched in 2017 by Boca Raton philanthropists Aubrey and Sally Strul, along with FAU President John Kelly and first lady Carolyn Kelly. A former first-generation student, Aubrey Strul felt compelled to lessen the crippling burden of school debt for students by providing the program’s initial investment. In its first four years, the program has grown to 40 current students and successfully graduated eight scholars in the past year.

“We are preparing to welcome our fifth class of scholars, I am immensely proud of our growth as a program.”

Each Kelly/Strul scholar follows The Path, which includes wraparound services such as career planning, mentoring, and financial literacy support, among others. This initiative provides students with valuable tools for successful collegiate careers and post-graduate lives.

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