“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.”

John Kelly, co-founder, Kelly-Strul Emerging Scholar Program

The Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program provides first-generation, low-income students with financial resources and personal support to help them graduate from FAU in four years or less.

The Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program provides first-generation, low-income students with financial resources and personal support to help them graduate from FAU in four years or less.

The Need

2017 statistics reveal that 53% of college students graduate with roughly $23,300 in student loan debt. National student debt, a hot topic for financial watchdogs, has surpassed credit card and other forms of personal debt, coming in second only to mortgage debt. Encompassing 45 million+ graduates, and reaching more than $1.4 trillion, national student debt has become a crisis.

The financial ripple effect for graduates saddled with student debt is substantial.

According to LendEdu.com statistics, student loan borrowers have been effected in the following ways:

30%
Nearly 30% move back in with their parents after graduation.
47%
Over 47% have delayed buying a car.
28%
Almost 28% have delayed getting married.
63%
Around 63% have delayed buying a home.
34%
More than 34% have delayed starting a family.
73%
Over 73% have delayed saving for retirement.

The Vision

We perceive a vibrant and productive community, made stronger by the students accepted to Florida Atlantic University, regardless of their socioeconomic status. Invest in the life of our emerging scholars by pledging a financial gift or your choosing.

The Mission

By addressing systemic barriers and challenges, we provide a full grant and scholarship financial aid package as well as a comprehensive support program to ensure students thrive at Florida Atlantic University. We help students develop valuable college success strategies, build confidence, understand their first-generation identity, connect to peer and professional mentors, and access campus resources which prepare them for a successful college career and meaningful post-graduate life.

The Path

From acceptance to graduation, every scholar accepted into the program follows an established path to ensure their success.