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FAU Receives $50,000 Gift from the City of Deerfield Beach

BOCA RATON, FL (November 7, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University recently received a $50,000 gift from the City of Deerfield Beach to establish the Deerfield Beach Law Enforcement Trust Scholarship Fund. The fund will award scholarships to at-risk youth graduating from public high schools in Deerfield Beach, to encourage them to pursue productive and crime-free futures.

“I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the City of Deerfield Beach for this gift,” said FAU President Mary Jane Saunders. “The biggest challenge many students face in furthering their education is the cost, and this fund will help more at-risk students stay in school and achieve the dream of earning a college degree.”

The Deerfield Beach Law Enforcement Trust Scholarship Fund will provide scholarship recipients with up to $5,000 per year for four consecutive years. In addition to maintaining a minimum GPA, recipients must participate in 80 hours of community service each year as designated by the Broward Sheriff’s Office scholarship administrator, such as drug or alcohol abuse education programs, crime prevention activities, or programs seeking to reach disadvantaged and at-risk youth or youthful offenders.

“I could not be more proud of this initiative that expands the partnership between the Broward Sheriff's Office, the City of Deerfield Beach and Florida Atlantic University,” said police chief Pete Sudler. “The thought of using confiscated funds from criminals to invest in the educational dreams of our at-risk youth in Deerfield Beach is certainly poetic justice. I am honored to be part of this groundbreaking initiative and fortunate to work with city officials who are proactive in their thinking toward the future of our youth.”

The Deerfield Beach Law Enforcement Trust Scholarship Fund is eligible to receive a dollar-for-dollar match through the FAU President’s Scholarship Challenge. Established in 2010 by President Saunders and the FAU Foundation Board of Directors, the President’s Scholarship Challenge is a matching funds initiative that encourages new and increased gifts to the University in support of student scholarships.

“We are very proud to partner with Florida Atlantic University to provide an opportunity for our at-risk youth to better themselves and our community,” said Deerfield Beach Mayor Peggy Noland. “This program demonstrates the dedication and care by our City, FAU administrators and faculty, along with Sheriff Al Lamberti and the BSO Deerfield Beach District. We are so excited to be part of helping our youth achieve their dreams of a college degree.”

For more information or to support scholarships at FAU, contact David Rutherford at 561-297-2119.


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and 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. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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