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FAU to ‘Tee it Up’ for Veteran Student Success
with Veterans Golf Classic


            BOCA RATON, Fla. (February 15, 2016) -- Florida Atlantic University’s Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, in conjunction with the Project Courage Foundation, will host the first FAU Veterans Scholarship Golf Classic on Saturday, May 21 at Atlantic National Golf Club, 6400 Grand Lacuna Blvd., in Lake Worth. All proceeds will benefit the FAU Veteran’s Gap Scholarship Fund and Emergency Relief Fund, which support veterans in reaching their educational, personal and professional goals. Each semester, FAU averages four veteran students that experience financial hardship or seek assistance with tuition.

Participants will have the opportunity to golf with military personnel, NFL alumni, as well as Lt. Col. Danny McKnight, who fought in the Battle of Mogadishu in 1993. His heroic actions were later portrayed in the 2001 film “Black Hawk Down.” McKnight also will give a speech on service and leadership during the lunch reception.

FAU’s Department of Military and Veterans Affairs serves as an advocate for military and veteran students, provides resources and support that enhance academic success, and streamlines processes to ease the transition from military to campus life.

The Project Courage Foundation is a 501c3 corporation whose mission is to link veterans to those with no military background through athletic and social activities.

            For more information or to register for the Veterans Scholarship Golf Classic, visit



Florida Atlantic University:

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 critical areas that form the basis of its strategic plan: Healthy aging, biotech, coastal and marine issues, neuroscience, regenerative medicine, informatics, lifespan and the environment. These areas provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit .