FAU Receives Nearly $1 Million from the Johnson Scholarship Foundation to Support First-Generation Transfer Students

The Johnson Scholarship Foundation awarded Florida Atlantic University $943,000 for student scholarships and support services for first-generation transfer students. When combined with state and private matching funds, the gift will have a total scholarship impact of $3.3 million over four years and provide opportunities for several hundred students. 

“We are grateful to the Johnson Scholarship Foundation for recognizing FAU’s efforts to expand opportunities for the more than 1,000 first-generation students admitted each year,” said FAU President John Kelly. “This generous gift will support our ongoing work to meet the unique needs of first-gen transfer students, and we look forward to welcoming the first cohort of Johnson Transfer Scholars in fall 2022.”

The Johnson Transfer Scholars Program (JTSP) at FAU aims to improve the retention, matriculation, graduation and career readiness of first-generation transfer students. Through the JTSP, students will receive wrap-around support and career services to address degree attainment and career readiness. Transfer students will be immersed in a culture of first-generation specific community-based programming, high-touch academic and success coaching, along with targeted career readiness programs that will increase their overall employability upon graduation.

“We at Johnson Scholarship Foundation believe it’s important not only to open the doors to education, but to provide the support necessary for students to graduate and become successful in the workforce,” said Robert A. Krause, CEO of Johnson Scholarship Foundation. “The Johnson Transfer Scholars Program contains all the elements to nurture the students to that success, and we’re proud to partner with FAU on this program.”      

The Johnson Scholarship Foundation has long invested in student success. Prior to this grant, it provided FAU a grant to support the Office of First-Generation Student Success, as well as scholarships for students with disabilities. In 2020, it provided funding for student laptops in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

FAU is one of the nation’s most diverse public universities with 55 percent of its students coming from minority groups. More than 40 percent of FAU students are low income, Pell Grant eligible. FAU is ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s Top 40 universities nationwide for social mobility.