MEDIA CONTACT: Linda Holtz
$1 Million Gift to Florida Atlantic
University from Benefactor Arthur
D. Weiss Funds Endowed Scholarship Program
BOCA RATON, FL (March 15, 2007) – Boca Raton resident Arthur D. Weiss has made a gift in excess of $1 million to Florida Atlantic University to enhance the Janice and Julian Warren Weiss Memorial Endowment Fund. The gift will be used to provide educational access to deserving students in all of FAU’s nine colleges. In addition, the gift is eligible for state matching funds from the State of Florida Trust Fund for University Major Gifts. A formal announcement was made by FAU Trustee Armand Grossman ’67, ’70, ’77 at a press conference that brought Weiss to FAU’s Boca Raton campus.
Weiss created the scholarship to honor the memories of his late wife Janice and son Julian, an FAU alumnus from the class of 1987. The Weiss Scholarship is designed to help those students who, because of specific life experiences and family challenges, may otherwise be limited in obtaining higher education. To qualify, a Weiss Scholar must be degree-seeking and earn a minimum grade point average of 2.5. The typical candidate would present a financial need as outlined by the University with exceptions allowed for extenuating circumstances.
“On behalf of the entire University I thank Arthur Weiss for his generosity. His gift, a loving tribute to Janice and Julian, will provide opportunities to those students who because of financial difficulties may be unable to afford some of the costs of a college education,” said FAU President Frank T. Brogan ’81. “The Weiss Scholarship program targets those students who typically fall through the cracks because of unexpected circumstances and unusual obstacles. Now if unforeseen situations arise, students eligible for the Weiss Scholarship will receive support and will be able to continue their studies.”
Arthur Weiss was born in 1923 in St. Louis, Missouri. He moved to Miami Beach and entered the University of Miami in 1939, at the age of fifteen. Weiss graduated with a degree in business administration when he was nineteen years old. In 1943, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps and became a pilot and a flight instructor, teaching cadets at Macon, Georgia, and Tuskegee, Alabama. Weiss returned to Miami in 1946 and started in business. In 1950, the business became the A.D. Weiss Lithography Co., Inc., which eventually became the largest printing plant in the South. Weiss sold the company in 1971, but remained as its CEO until his retirement in 1986.
Weiss' wife, Janice Greenfield, was a graduate of the University of Miami. They were married for 47 years. Their son Julian, who died in 1998 at the age of 33, earned his degree in communication from the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. An excellent photographer who loved to travel, Julian always demonstrated a desire to help friends in need. Janice set up the Julian Warren Weiss Memorial Foundation to honor Julian's memory and his attachment to FAU. After Janice's death in 2001, Weiss added her name to the foundation and set up the Janice and Julian Warren Weiss Memorial Endowment Fund. Weiss has four surviving children, including his daughter, Susan Moritz, who traveled from Oklahoma to accompany her father to the press conference.
"This gift, which will be ongoing, was designed to assist the type of students Julian would have wanted to help," said Weiss. "It exists and will benefit generations of FAU students due to the vision and commitment of my dear wife, Janice."
For more information about the Janice and Julian Warren Weiss Memorial Endowment Fund, contact Deborah Robinson, associate vice president, University Advancement, at 561-297-3015 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
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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: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Barry Kaye College of Business and the Colleges of Education, Engineering & Computer Science, and Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs.