Your Passion: Our Priorities

You shared what matters to you. We listened. The FAU Foundation works hard to assure your investment advances the issues you care about most.



As the national debt crisis escalates, the FAU Foundation is securing support for scholarships and success programs so our students continue to strive and thrive in outstanding ways.


of students represent varied ethnic backgrounds, creating the most diverse university in the state system with the highest graduation rates among peers


of students are the first in their families to attend college, bolstered by the economic and life skills support of our student success programs

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As the region’s only public university, our graduates strengthen the state with workforce-ready thinkers, doers and leaders

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FAU engages the full spectrum of human health with an emphasis on the golden years. Through research, clinical trials, and patient care, we specialize in the challenges facing Florida’s various populations, including addiction, developmental disabilities, and dementia.

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share a research focus on Healthy Aging and Neuroscience, addressing the wellness needs of our state’s population

$4 million

in grant funding by the National Institutes of Health helps FAU scientists understand and treat addiction, putting FAU on the frontlines of the opioid crisis


Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience and Scripps Florida are research partners to FAU undergraduates and faculty

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Water is Florida’s greatest resource — and challenge. FAU’s focus on severe weather and its effects is leading research that will influence critical concerns ranging from international food security and national defense to personal property.

$10 Million

in research awards from the U.S. Navy helps our experts study deep water national defense

$2.4 Million

in research support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture funds an industrial aquaculture research project that could solve global food shortages 

State Leadership

Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed Dr. James Sullivan, Executive Director at FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, to a statewide taskforce addressing toxic algae blooms and property, health, and the environment

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Stories of Gratitude

The Schmidt Family Foundation has made a gift commitment of $670,000 to implement a Director of Athletics Mental Health Services position within Florida Atlantic University Athletics, while also…

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Stories of Gratitude

Florida Atlantic University has received an estate gift pledge of more than $2 million from College of Business emeritus professor Eric Shaw ’72, ’73, Ph.D. This generous gift will benefit various…

Stories of Gratitude

Florida Atlantic University celebrated the Schmidt Family Complex for Academic and Athletic Excellence yesterday with a ceremonial ribbon cutting. The event marked a major milestone for the…

Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute
Stories of Gratitude

FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute has received $1 million from the Palm Health Foundation to launch and support its new Program in Computational Brain Science and Health.

Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Stories of Gratitude

Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine has received a $1 million gift from Norton and Anita Waltuch to provide support for medical student scholarships.

Baseball Receives Largest Gift in Program History
Stories of Gratitude

A $1 million gift commitment to the Florida Atlantic University baseball program – the largest gift in Owls' baseball history – has been made anonymously. Funds from this gift will be earmarked…

Hagerty Family
Stories of Gratitude, Supporter Spotlight

BOCA RATON, Fla. (August 27, 2021) – Florida Atlantic University Athletics received a $2.5 million gift from Michelle and Michael Hagerty to name the FAU head football coaching position in…

Christopher J. Delisio
Stories of Gratitude

Christopher Delisio is ready to lead the Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Foundation’s philanthropic endeavors as the organization’s incoming chief executive officer. He also will serve as FAU’s…

Conceptual Rendering
Supporter Spotlight

Contributions totaling $10 million to Florida Atlantic University from David J. S. Nicholson will welcome an era of unprecedented research, education and discovery at FAU’s …

Stories of Gratitude

Florida Atlantic University held a Service Awards program in April honoring the outstanding work and milestones of our faculty and staff.

Supporter Spotlight

The Comforts recently made a gift to establish the Pierrepont Comfort Chair in Political Science at Florida Atlantic University's Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College. The Honors College’s first…

Ponte Health Fellowship
Supporter Spotlight

Florida Atlantic University’s School of Architecture in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters recently received a gift of $500,000 from Tabitha Ponte to create the…

Howard Schnellenberger

Legendary Coach Howard Schnellenberger Has Passed Away at the Age of 87

"To Believe is to Be Strong"

It is with heavy hearts that Florida Atlantic University announces, on behalf of the Schnellenberger family, the passing of a dad, a grandpa, a husband and a legendary coach.

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