Media Relations

Press Release:


New FAU Student Fellowship Funded by the Sun

                FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (January 12, 2011) – Florida Atlantic University’s School of Urban and Regional Planning within the College for Design and Social Inquiry has announced the “Sun Fund Fellowship,” a unique graduate student fellowship believed to be the first in the world that is “funded by the sun.”  The funding comes from the amount saved in energy costs due to the solar roof installation on FAU’s Higher Education Complex building on its Fort Lauderdale campus.

            The $12,000 fellowship is designated for a first-year graduate student in the School of Urban and Regional Planning who will assist faculty with environmental research. Roughly equivalent to the annual energy savings generated by the solar array, the fellowship will be awarded every fall semester.

“The goal of the solar roof initiative is to not only utilize a clean energy source, but to be an educational resource to both our students and the community,” said  Jaap Vos, Ph.D., associate professor and director of the School.  “It’s an innovative way of directly helping the environment, while the environment indirectly helps a student financially.”

In the first two years of operation, the solar energy panels have saved the university approximately 15 to 20 percent of its previous energy costs to operate the building.  The array also has “offset” or saved the equivalent of 145,000 pounds of carbon dioxide and 7,500 gallons of gasoline.

A flat panel display in the lobby of the building, along with the interactive web site, currently display the real time monitoring of kilowatt hours generated by the array on an hourly, daily, yearly and lifetime basis. 

The deadline to apply for the “Sun Fund Fellowship” for the fall 2011 semester is February 18, and the application can be found online at To learn more about the solar roof installation and the School’s solar roof initiative, visit    


About Florida Atlantic University:

Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. For more information, visit .

Privacy Policy | University Regulations and Policies | Emergency Information | Get Help | Contact Us

An Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Institution
© Copyright 2016. Florida Atlantic University.
Florida Atlantic University
 Last Modified 8/26/12