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Scholarship Helps Awardee Build a Better Future

In an effort to reach out to children and grandchildren of faculty and staff, a scholarship program, established in 2003, is being administered by the FAU Foundation, Inc. The Faculty and Staff Legacy Scholarship is specifically targeted to sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students who earn at least a 3.0 grade point average and who demonstrate financial need. If you are interested in supporting the program or would like more information on how to apply, contact Tony Lee, director of the Office of Annual Giving, 561-297-1053 or lee@fau.edu.

Here is the story of one such recipient…

Eager to enter the highly competitive field of architecture and design, Joan Junkala has the drive needed to succeed. As a recipient of a Faculty and Staff Legacy Scholarship, Junkala is receiving the assistance she needs to help her along the way. She proudly admits to being the first of her siblings to graduate from high school. Now the FAU sophomore, who juggles a part-time course load in the College of Architecture, Urban and Public Affairs, with a full-time job as a data entry clerk in Admissions, is on track to seeing the realization of a long-held dream.

Her interest in architecture surfaced early. Art and design classes in high school honed her talent and reinforced her desire to one day create plans for developing cities, public facilities and commercial properties. After graduating from high school in 2002, Junkala found work at FAU. “I didn’t have enough money to enroll at FAU immediately after high school, but at least I could be in a college environment,” she said. “By 2003 I began my first semester and was closer to attaining my college degree.”

Junkala is intrigued by the architectural process, particularly when projects fall under the category of restoration. She has always enjoyed rebuilding things to make them look better. Once she has earned her degree in urban and regional planning, she intends to work toward a second bachelor’s degree—this time in architecture. Her motivation and dogged determination set her apart from many of her peers and serve her well as a student.

“I am so grateful that I have been awarded a Faculty and Staff Legacy Scholarship, and thank my grandmother Betty Harvey in University Advancement for all her support. Without my grandmother, I would not be eligible for this scholarship,” says Junkala. “This scholarship has given me the opportunity to have extra money for school. Because the funds are coming from someone else, I feel obligated to work even harder. I look forward to earning my degree, but am enjoying being a student very much.”


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