Send­ing low-in­come stu­dents to school

The Palm Beach Post - Neighborhood Post - Southern Palm Beach County - - Front Page - Com­piled by Sy O'Neill, soneill@pb­post.com

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.

PHOTO BY JEF­FREY THOLL PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

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.

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