Sending low-income students to school
What does the Kelly-Strul Emerging Scholar Program do?
The Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program provides full scholarships to Florida Atlantic University for first ge n e r a t i o n , l ow- i n c o me students. These scholars, through the help of the program, receive tuition, room and board, and assistance as needed to graduate debt free within four years. FAU President John Kelly and first lady Carolyn Kelly, along with Boca Raton philanthropists Aubrey and Sally Strul, teamed up to create the program. FAU has received a gift of $1 million from Aubrey and Sally Strul for the initial investment to start the program. An entrepreneur and the first from his family to attend college, Aubrey Strul is actively building the fund to allow more students to graduate without the crippling burden of debt, doing his part to address the national crisis. How does your organization benefit the commu- nity?
Some of Florida’s most talented high school graduates accepted to Florida Atlantic University will never step foot on campus. Not because they lack desire or are unwilling to work hard for a college education, but simply because they can’t afford it. The Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program helps Florida students attend and graduate from FAU without the financial stress. What is your organization’s focus for the future?
The program cofounders envision a vibrant future for talented students who are admitted to FAU. A self-sustaining Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholar Program will serve as the cornerstone of this endeavor by enabling qualified Florida high school graduates to attend FAU, regardless of their socioeconomic status. By supporting lowincome, first-generation college students, the program will help Florida families rise out of the economic hardships, make it possible for talented young people to reach their promise, improve communities and create a stronger workforce. By 2019, Aubrey Strul wants to aid 20 students annually through the program. How can the community help?
An investment of $50,000 per student, representing $12,500 per year for four years, will ensure that students can attain their FAU degree within four years, free from financial worry and with the ability to devote themselves to academic and co-curricular achievements. All donations are welcome at kellystrulscholars.com/give.
Boca Raton Library
400 NW Second Ave., Boca Raton 561-393-7852
Green-Tech Gardening: Learn about the best plants to cultivate in Boca Raton using your smart phone. Adults. Preregister. 11 a.m. Friday.
Meet the author: Michael Solomon will discuss his novel “The Conversion Prophecy.” Adults. Preregister. 3 p.m. Sunday.
Spanish River Library
1501 NW Spanish River Blvd., Boca Raton 561-393-7852
Get money smart: Learn about online money-managing tools, including games. Preregister. Grades six to 12. 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Millennials and money: Young adults who need help managing money can learn tips and tools for budgeting and saving. Preregister. 6 p.m. April 26.
Delray Beach Public Library
100 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach 561-266-0194
S t re t c h t h a t b u d ge t : Join chef Michael from Publix Aprons Cooking School for a program featuring budget-stretching meals. Adults. Preregister. 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Kid craft: It’s Money Smart Week — make a bank to take home. 3:30 p.m. April 26
Highland Beach Library
3618 S. Ocean Blvd., Highland Beach 561-278-5455
Free concert: Enjoy the music of the Yvette NorwoodTiger Jazz Quintet. 5 p.m. April 26.
Glades Road Branch
20701 95th Ave. S., Boca Raton 561-482-4554
Upcycled art: Turn trash to treasure, using old magazines and book pages. Grade six and older. Preregister. 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Don’t squirm: Celebrate Earth Day with the 4-H Club and learn about worms, dirt and compost with live worms. Ages 6 and older. Preregister. 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Hagen Ranch Road Branch
14350 Hagen Ranch Road, Delray Beach 561-894-7500
Recycled story time: Play a sorting game, read a story or two about recycling, watch a video called “Trashy Town” and make a recycled craft. Ages 4 and older. Preregister. 2 p.m. Saturday.
Money sense: Celebrate Money Smart Week by learning more about the financial world with Aaron Standish, financial literacy coordinator for the school district. Personalize a coin bank to start out right on your financial journey. Ages 6 to 12. Preregister. 4 p.m. Wednesday.
West Boca Branch
18685 State Road 7, Boca Raton 561-470-1600
Young artists: Create a work of art using acrylic paints on a canvas, with basic shapes and crisscross lines. Grades 6 to 12. Preregister. 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Calling all poets: Review the basics of poetic form and technique, then compose a poem. An anthology of workshop poems will be provided for each participant. Adults. 2 p.m. Wednesday.
West Boynton Branch
9451 Jog Road, Boynton Beach 561-734-5556
Science lesson: Explore, observe and identify different types of nature during an earth science afternoon. Learn about gardening and take home a plant in a handdecorated pot. Ages 5 and older. Preregister. 3:30 p.m. Monday.
Carolyn Kelly (from left) and FAU President John Kelly stand with Boca Raton philanthropists Sally and Aubrey Strul, who together collaborated on the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program at Florida Atlantic University.