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FAU Treasure Coast Campus Receives $200,000 Gift for Engineering and Computer Science Students

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL (November 20, 2007) - Florida Atlantic University’s Treasure Coast campus received a $200,000 gift from Eric Alexander to establish The Eric Alexander Engineering and Computer Science Endowed Scholarship Fund.   As an endowment, Alexander’s gift is eligible for a state match of $100,000.   This endowment will provide scholarship funds annually to deserving College of Engineering and Computer Science students on the Treasure Coast campus.

 “I do not have great personal resources, but I want to leave something that will benefit deserving students from the area who want to attend FAU,” said Alexander, 94, a resident of Port St. Lucie. “I’ve always enjoyed learning and valued the importance of a college degree.   Hopefully my gift will inspire others.”  

Born in Austria, Alexander was separated from his family prior to World War I.   He eventually immigrated to the United States and grew up in New York City.   Alexander also attended Princeton University for two years until finances cut his studies short.

“Education is expensive and good students should have the opportunity to succeed.   Engineering and computer science are difficult subjects, and students should worry more about their studies and less about tuition,” said Alexander.

 Alexander’s career included work as a campus engineer at Fordham University and as a mechanical engineer at the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City.   He and his late wife, Ruth, were married 61 years and raised two children.   Alexander has two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.     

            “What a privilege it is to have an endowment focused on advancing our engineering programs in engineering and computer science on the Treasure Coast campus,” said Karl K. Stevens, dean of the college of engineering and computer science. “We are grateful to Mr. Alexander for this most generous gift and for the many opportunities it will provide our deserving students.”

   “Mr. Alexander has made a gift that will perpetually impact Treasure Coast campus students,” said Gerri McPherson, campus vice president. “His personal gift, combined with the support from the state’s matching program, will leave a lasting legacy on campus for future generations.”

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Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serv es more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses strategically located along 150 miles of Florida's southeastern coastline. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts nine colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Barry Kaye College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.  

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