Boca Raton: Three families give $600,000 to FAU peace


FAU President Mary Jane Saunders (left) celebrates
a $600,000 gift with Dick Schmidt, Christine Lynn,
Barbara Schmidt and Manjunath Pendakur,
dean of the College of Arts and Letters.
Photo provided

Staff Reports

Florida Atlantic University has received a $600,000 donation to its peace studies program.
FAU President Mary Jane Saunders announced that the gift was given by three Boca Raton families to establish the Lynn, Wold and Schmidt Peace Studies Endowment, the first permanent endowment for FAU’s peace studies program.
The gift is eligible for matching by the state of Florida University Major Gifts Program and the FAU Clearwire matching gift program, making the
total value of the endowment $1.44 million.
The gift was made by the E.M. Lynn Foundation, represented by Christine Lynn; the Bay Branch Foundation, represented by Elaine Wold; and the Schmidt Family Foundation, represented by Dick and Barbara Schmidt.
The purpose of the gift was to establish an endowed fund to support educational and community outreach activities in the peace studies program within the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters.
“The community outreach program, in collaboration with the Schmidt Family Foundation, has brought such apostles of peace as His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet and Dr. Jane Goodall to Boca Raton,” said Manjunath Pendakur, dean of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. “This generous gift from three families will help us immensely to continue such great work to serve the cause of peace, FAU students and the community at large.”
The endowment will provide  scholarships and fellowships to students pursuing studies in the peace program at FAU; fund distinguished speakers and events that enhance peace and understanding for the benefit of students and the wider community at large; and support community enrichment activities including workshops, seminars and cultural activities related to peace.
For information on the peace studies program, visit or call 297-2623.        

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