A.C. Bagtzoglou Civil Engineering Fellowship Endowment


Type

Scholarship / Fellowship

Value

$197,920 (2021)

Year Established

2011

Purpose

Offer fellowships for graduate students studying water resources in the Civil Engineering Department. (GF000120)

Description

Recipients must be a graduate student studying water resources in the Civil Engineering Department. Preference for selection of suitable candidates will be given to full-time, master's-degree-seeking students. All candidates must meet satisfactory progress standards.


History

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Amvrossios “Ross” Bagtzoglou, an alumnus of Florida Institute of Technology, has established the A.C. Bagtzoglou Civil Engineering Fellowship Endowment for the Study of Water Resources in the College of Engineering. Bagtzoglou has made a 10-year pledge totaling $125,000.

“Water is power, especially when it is available in temporal and spatial points that are not well distributed. The lack of it creates immense humanitarian crises, too much causes flooding and too little causes drought. Water studies will continue to be a critical area of study for the well-being of humanity,” said Bagtzoglou.

Friends, alumni and supporters of the Department of Civil Engineering are challenged to match Bagtzoglou’s gift annually. When fully endowed, the fund will top $250,000, which will be used for an annual graduate fellowship.

Additionally, the university has pledged a tuition remission to match Bagtzoglou’s generous annual gifts, equaling three credit hours per semester.

“This enhances the university’s ability to attract top graduate students,” said Ashok Pandit, professor and head of the Department of Civil Engineering.

“Establishing fellowships and research-related endowments creates instant credibility and prestige for the research being conducted in our department, both among peers and prospective students. We are most grateful for this visionary gift from Dr. Bagtzoglou as it will help our students and faculty for many years to come,” he added.

 
 
 

Admiral O.D. Waters Graduate Fellowship


Type

Scholarship / Fellowship

Value

$153,848 (2021)

Year Established

1998

Purpose

Fellowships for graduate students enrolled in programs in the Department of Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences, or successor academic unit. (GF000175)

Description

The Department of Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences faculty will select the best candidate. Each recipient must be in good academic standing as determined by the faculty of the Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences. Preference will be given to students who received their undergraduate degree from Florida Tech. Preference will also be given to renewing to the same student for one successive year.


History

Rear Admiral O.D. (“Muddy”) Waters was born in Manassas, Virginia on July 13th, 1910. He graduated with distinction from the Naval Academy in 1932 and was also a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School and the Armed Forces Staff College.

Staring as a Gunnery Officer on the USS Augusta, then as Torpedo Officer on the USS Downes, and Assistant Naval Attache at the American Embassy in London, Admiral O.D. Waters was the first officer in charge of the Navy Mine Disposal School plus he served on the USS Memphis as Assistant of Staff for Fleet Gunnery and War Plans Officer.

Additionally, he served as Senior Technical Officer; Mine Development Officer to the Commander, Operational Development Force; Inspector General; and Assistant Chief of the Bureau of Naval Weapons. He commanded the Pacific Fleet Mine Force and Naval Base Los Angeles before he was named as “Oceanographer of the US Navy”, which, because of his contributions, lead him to be awarded the Distinguished Service Medal which notes that he “enhanced the scientific and military posture of the Navy”.

Prior to his retirement in 1971, Admiral Waters served in the Office of The Assistant Secretary of the Navy and was an advisor in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce. Upon retiring, he joined the faculty of Florida Institute of Technology where he established and was Head of Department of Oceanography.

Admiral Waters died in May of 1986 leaving us the legacy of interdisciplinary science, engineering, and management education.

 

Alan Edwin Paltzik Fellowship Endowment


Type

Scholarship / Fellowship

Value

$121,424 (2021)

Year Established

2008

Purpose

Fellowship awards to graduate students enrolled or enrolling in the Department of Chemistry. (GF000126)

Description

Recipients must have a 3.5 GPA or higher from undergraduate chemistry studies; must have outstanding recommendations from mentors; must have potential for excellence as a scientist - (published works/presentations at meetings).


History

Alfred A. & Beverly H. Nuttall Scholarship Fund


Type

Scholarship / Fellowship

Value

$12,112 (2021)

Year Established

2017

Purpose

Income from this fund will support one or more undergraduate chemical engineering students from Florida who have financial need with a preference for Brevard County residents. The recipient must be a resident of the State of Florida. (GF000193)

Description

Income from this fund will support one or more annual scholarships for undergraduate chemical engineering students from the State of Florida who have financial need with a preference for students who are Brevard County residents. The recipient must be a resident of the State of Florida.


History

Al Nuttall earned his B.S.E. (1967) and M.S.E. (1970), in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan. He served in the U.S. Army at it’s Chemical Center, Edgewood Arsenal, MD and then launched his career as a development engineer for Eli Lilly & Co. in Indianapolis. In his next role, he managed manufacturing, engineering, quality control, and support groups for three plant sites of PCR, Inc., producing silanes, organofluorine compounds, and other fine organics and pharmaceuticals. In 1984, he moved to Palm Bay to help found FAR Research, Inc., a profitable fine organic chemical manufacturing firm. From 1992-2015, he served in several roles culminating as the President/CEO of FAR and orchestrated an acquisition, bridged the ownership change and, ultimately, oversaw divestiture of the firm. Since retiring, Al has become involved in Florida Tech.  He and his wife have provided for an endowed scholarship fund, he has been a speaker on campus and has coached students in interviewing to better prepare them for launching their careers.

Allen S. Henry Chair


Type

Faculty Chair

Value

$4,268,337 (2021)

Year Established

2000

Purpose

Provide funds for aFaculty Chair in the College of Engineering. (GF000171)

Description

This chair is selected by the university for their scholarly accomplishments and contributions to the advancement of knowledge in the field, following the general practices of the university for faculty appointment.     


History

Allen S. Henry was born on June 18th of 1940, in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa in 1964, he completed his master’s degree in Mechanics in 1968, and in 1971, received a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the same university. Right after, Allen’s professional life started at Collins Radio, a company which worked closely with NASA on the Apollo program. In 1972, he moved to Melbourne Beach, Florida where he began to work at Harris Corporation earning advancement to Engineering Vice President, Vice President/General Manager of Government Communications Systems Division, and President of the Electronic Systems Sector. Allen worked at Harris Corporation until his retirement in 1996. He came out of retirement and, from 1996-2000, was Chairman, CEO, and President of Broadband Communications Products prior to its acquisition by Uniphase Corporation.

Apart from his extraordinary professional career, Allen Henry was a man with a generous and kind spirit. He did not only serve on the Health First Organization Board of Directors, Broadband Communications Products Board of Directors, and Chairman of Trustees at Florida Institute of Technology, he also considerably donated to several philanthropic organizations such as Health First Heart Center, Florida Institute of Technology, Women’s Center of Brevard County, The Sharing Center, United Way, Florida Wildfire Sanctuary, Hacienda Girls Ranch, Project Hunger, Candlelighters, Family Promise, Youth Entity, and Colorado Animal Shelter, among others. Similarly, he fully endowed faculty chairs at the University of Iowa College of Engineering and Florida Institute of Technology College of Engineering.

Past Chairs 

2011 - 2020: Dr. Martin Glicksman

2003 - 2008: Dr. Chang Wen Chen  

 

Allen Henry passed away March 19th, 2019 but will be remembered for his generosity and incredible experience.

Allen S. Henry Endowed Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$927,419 (2021)

Year Established

2013

Purpose

Award tuition scholarships to undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll at Florida Tech. (GF000076)

Description

Recipients will be selected by the Office of Financial Aid. Recipients must be full-time students must be in and remain in good academic standing; Scholarship shall be awarded on the basis of need and merit. Preference will be given to renewing to the same student in successive semesters.


History

Allen S. Henry was born on June 18th of 1940, in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa in 1964, he completed his master’s degree in Mechanics in 1968, and in 1971, received a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the same university. Right after, Allen’s professional life started at Collins Radio, a company which worked closely with NASA on the Apollo program. In 1972, he moved to Melbourne Beach, Florida where he began to work at Harris Corporation earning advancement to Engineering Vice President, Vice President/General Manager of Government Communications Systems Division, and President of the Electronic Systems Sector. Allen worked at Harris Corporation until his retirement in 1996. He came out of retirement and, from 1996-2000, was Chairman, CEO, and President of Broadband Communications Products prior to its acquisition by Uniphase Corporation.

Apart from his extraordinary professional career, Allen Henry was a man with a generous and kind spirit. He did not only serve on the Health First Organization Board of Directors, Broadband Communications Products Board of Directors, and Chairman of Trustees at Florida Institute of Technology, he also considerably donated to several philanthropic organizations such as Health First Heart Center, Florida Institute of Technology, Women’s Center of Brevard County, The Sharing Center, United Way, Florida Wildfire Sanctuary, Hacienda Girls Ranch, Project Hunger, Candlelighters, Family Promise, Youth Entity, and Colorado Animal Shelter, among others. Similarly, he fully endowed faculty chairs at the University of Iowa College of Engineering and Florida Institute of Technology College of Engineering.

Allen Henry passed away March 19th, 2019 but will be remembered for his generosity and incredible experience. 

Recipients:

2019                            Casey Dean

                                        Sean Marcus

                                        Christopher Dubiel

                                        Paul Ryan

                                        David Munroe

                                        Samantha Wohlstadter

                                        Ahmed Khatan

                                        Amssatou Diagne

                                        John Dewey

                                        Tia Christina Guy

2020                            Sean Marcus

                                        John Dewey

                                        Paul Ryan

                                        Amssatou Diagne

                                        Collin McLaughlin

                                        Christopher Dubiel

                                        Liana Villafuerte

                                        Zackary Lorton

                                        Juliana Penteado

                                        Rayan Enaya

2021                            Shane Carson
                                         
                                        John Dewey

                                        Zackary Lorton

                                        Samuel Lovelace

                                        Sean Marcus
                                         
                                        Alexander Smith

                                        Kyla Vendemia 

Allen S. Henry Presidential Award Endowment


Type

General Endowment

Value

$887,799 (2021)

Year Established

2007

Purpose

Provide students with financial aid in event of unplanned, unintended, and difficult financial problems (e.g., natural disasters, death in the family, government issues) (GF000124)

Description

Students must have demonstrated financial need and meritorious GPA. Recipients will be chosen by the President upon advice of the University Special Needs Committee.


History

Allen S. Henry was born on June 18th of 1940, in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa in 1964, he completed his master’s degree in Mechanics in 1968, and in 1971, received a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the same university. Right after, Allen’s professional life started at Collins Radio, a company which worked closely with NASA on the Apollo program. In 1972, he moved to Melbourne Beach, Florida where he began to work at Harris Corporation earning advancement to Engineering Vice President, Vice President/General Manager of Government Communications Systems Division, and President of the Electronic Systems Sector. Allen worked at Harris Corporation until his retirement in 1996. He came out of retirement and, from 1996-2000, was Chairman, CEO, and President of Broadband Communications Products prior to its acquisition by Uniphase Corporation.

Apart from his extraordinary professional career, Allen Henry was a man with a generous and kind spirit. He did not only serve on the Health First Organization Board of Directors, Broadband Communications Products Board of Directors, and Chairman of Trustees at Florida Institute of Technology, he also considerably donated to several philanthropic organizations such as Health First Heart Center, Florida Institute of Technology, Women’s Center of Brevard County, The Sharing Center, United Way, Florida Wildfire Sanctuary, Hacienda Girls Ranch, Project Hunger, Candlelighters, Family Promise, Youth Entity, and Colorado Animal Shelter, among others. Similarly, he fully endowed faculty chairs at the University of Iowa College of Engineering and Florida Institute of Technology College of Engineering.

Allen Henry passed away March 19th, 2019 but will be remembered for his generosity and incredible experience. 

Recipients:

2020                            Ahmed Laarfi and Michael Apau Koramoa

Alumni Association Operations Endowment


Type

Other Fund

Value

$52,854 (2021)

Year Established

2010

Purpose

Operating funds for Alumni Association. (GF000119)

Description

Funds will be used on the discretions of the Executive Director of Alumni Association. 


History

 
 
 
 

Bank Of America/ Nations/ C&S Ntl Bank Scholarship Fund


Type

General Endowment

Value

$64,337 (2021)

Year Established

1992

Purpose

Scholarships for students from Brevard County (GF000021)

Description

This scholarship is administered by the Office of Financial Aid to a student from Brevard County.


Atlanta Headquarters

History

Citizens and Southern National Bank of Florida started funding Florida Tech in 1989 when it pledged $30,000 for a fund to support Brevard County students. In the announcement on June 29, 1989, C&S President, Ed Weed said "We see our investment in FIT as an investment in the community from which everyone benefits.We are proud to support the university in providing educational opportunities to Brevard County."

The Citizens and Southern National Bank had at the time nine branches in Brevard County and 150 banking locations in 15 counties statewide. C&S traces its origins to 1887 when Citizens Bank of Savannah was formed and to 1906 when it merged with its rival, the Southern Bank of Georgia in 1906. A claim to fame, C&S boasted having a vault that was fully proof of fire, acetylene, flame and high explosives with the safety boxes conveniently placed for the customers to use.  

After various mergers and acquisitions, these banks ultimately came under the Bank of America parent company. 

Bank Of America/Barnett Bank Scholarship


Barnett National Bank Building in 2011

Type

General Endowment

Value

$40,122 (2021)

Year Established

1989

Purpose

Funds for scholarships. (GF000020)

Description

This scholarship is administered by the Office of Financial Aid.


History

1993                            Martin Josef Schnetzer

1994                            Martin Josef Schnetzer

1995                            Martin Josef Schnetzer

1996                            Bryan C. Duncan

                                        Rupal Shashi Amin

1997                            Jeffrey Alan Copes

1998                            Anna Coleen Thompson

1999                            Kevin M. Ellis

2000                            Kevin M. Ellis

2001                            Kevin M. Ellis

2002                            Kevin M. Ellis

2003                            Michael Gerard Tremarche

2004                            Michael Gerard Tremarche

2005                            Brian M. Hunter

2006                            Eric Frank Trillas

2007                            Eric Frank Trillas

2008                            Eric Frank Trillas

2009                            Eric Frank Trillas

2010                            Jonathan Craig Akeung

2011                            Geraldine Castillo

2012                            Chelsea Marie Holliday

2013                            Karsing Fung

2014                            Angela M Ricono

2015                            Angela M Ricono

2016                            Angela M Ricono

                                        Caleb A. Benedick

2017                            Wilfred Andrew

                                        Caleb A. Benedick

2018                            Wilfred Andrew Manrique

2019                            Anna Hamelin

2020                            Anna Hamelin

2021                            Ivette Williams 

If you would like to contribute to this fund, please go to Panther Fund and use the "other" designation to identify that you wish to give to this named endowment fund.

Barnes & Noble College Bookstores Inc. Scholarship Endowment


Type

General Endowment

Value

$96,333 (2021)

Year Established

1998

Purpose

Support scholarships for undergraduate students studying at Florida Tech. (GF000044)

Description

Recipients will be chosen by the Office of Financial Aid. Recipients must be full-time undergraduate students; must be in good academic standing; shall be awarded on the basis of need and merit; preference to renewal with the same student in successive semesters.


History

In 1998, Barnes and Noble donated $30,000 to create the endowment “Barnes & Noble College Bookstores Inc. Scholarship Endowment”. The gift was match by the F.W. Olin Foundation totaling an amount of $60,000. The fund has provided scholarships to undergraduate students studying in Florida Tech.

Recipients:

 

2000                            Kari Lynne Miller

                                        Tamara Lavette Baker

2001                            Megan Kim Carey

                                        Michael R. Greco

2002                            Megan Kim Carey

                                        Michael R. Greco

2003                            Megan Kim Carey

                                        Michael R. Greco

2004                            Michael R. Greco

2005                            Michael R. Greco

2006                            Thomas A. Bedran

                                        Ryan R. Tenny

                                        Matthew D. Woods

2007                            Thomas A. Bedran

                                         Ryan R. Tenny

2008                            Dustin Ruck

                                        Ryan R. Tenny

2009                            Dustin Ruck

                                        Ryan R. Tenny

2010                            Jeremy Curry

2011                            Jeremy Curry

2012                            Marie Julia McBride

2013                            Marie Julia McBride

                                        Ashley Maria Kalita

2014                            Marie Julia McBride

                                        Ashley Maria Kalita

2015                            Genevieve P. Beaulieu

                                        Ross Ryan Kelley

2016                            Anil Ronald Rajana

                                        Ross Ryan Kelley

2017                            Ross Ryan Kelley

                                        Roxana Romina Preis

2018                            Roxana Romina Preis

                                        Jason Genio Chiappa

2019                            Jason Chiappa

                                        Samantha Pryor

2020                            Six N. Rideb

                                        Paloma Vela Achu

                                        Marianna Maltsev

                                        Tyler Stokes

2021                            Nicholas Gayle 

If you would like to contribute to this fund, please go to Panther Fund and use the "other" designation to identify that you wish to give to this named endowment fund.

Bill Morris Advanced Flight Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$175,748 (2021)

Year Established

1992

Purpose

Scholarship in Aeronautics. (GF000030)

Description

This scholarship is administered by the Office of Financial Aid to advanced flight students enrolled in the College of Aeronautics. Recipients will be chosen by the College of Aeronautics based on merit of students in need of financial assistance to maximize their studies.


History

Bill started to fly airplanes at age 15 and he flew with the same enthusiasm and passion he put into his treehouse. By the time he arrived at Florida Tech, he was ready to learn everything about flight. He was constantly honing his skills and he read every technical treatise on aerospace he could find. Bill was an enthusiastic and involved College of Aeronautics student.  He then became an excellent and highly respected flight instructor at Florida Tech from 1984 to 1992. Bill Morris was also the coach of the Falcon Flight Team in 1991 and he developed and taught Florida Tech’s course on turbo prop jets. Bill was devoted to the pursuit of excellence in aviation, both as an adjunct faculty member and as a flight instructor. He was proficient in fixed-wing, land and sea, as well as rotary wing aircraft, and was respected by his students for his dedication to the high standards of safety and proficiency. Bill also attended the British aerospace course on the jet stream 31. He was preparing to enter the USAF Officer Training School, when, on January 30, 1992, he was tragically killed while piloting a mechanically defective helicopter. His fellow instructors and students remember not only his remarkable skills as an aviator but, also, his ability to recall obscure facts from his rich store of aviation knowledge. More importantly, they remember Bill’s genuine joy in sharing his information, his skills and his love of flying with them as colleagues and friends.

Aside from piloting, Bill was an excellent tennis player and was number #1 varsity in each of his schools. Bill also logged in more than 4000 hours in the air. He was an excellent card player and sandcastle builder. Bill took the “greatest pleasure” in helping others excel. He was considered the wind beneath the wings of the plane of his students. Throughout his life, excellence was his motto. Bill also had a great sense of humor and marched to the beat of his own drum, he loved doing touch and go’s and high spiraling turns. When Bill invited his mother to fly with him one day she said, ‘I’m afraid of flying.’ Bill’s first response was, ‘don’t be silly, that’s like being afraid of the dark’, she went on to say I am afraid of the dark. Being the compassionate person that he was he realized that she was truly concerned about flying in the small plane. So he said to his mother, “that’s cool I understand, but if you decide you want to go I’ll take you.  If not, that’s okay too.”  His mother ended up joining him in the airplane that day and she was so glad that she did.  She shares this short story because it was one of the most memorable experiences she’d ever had and also it illustrates Bill’s compassion and mercy for people. He was sensitive to others, an excellent trait for a teacher and flight instructor to have.  Bill’s mother, Margaret Plum is accomplished at many things, but what she is most proud of are her two children Bill and Julia.

A foundation was created in 1992, by his family, as a perpetual memorial to Bill Morris, honoring his life, his work, his excellence, and his passion for flying. This scholarship fund was intentionally established to offer worthy aviators a chance to realize their goals, follow their dreams and honor Bill.



Recipients:

1994                            Jonathan M. Holden

1995                            Milo M. Zonka

1996                            Brian R. Tardiff

                                        Stephen M. Dress

1997                            Jan Marie Bumba

                                        Gerald Medvigy

                                        Joshua A. Daniel

1998                            Thomas Alton Blanton

                                        Kimberly Joy Church

                                        Shawn Matthew Thomas

1999                            Samir M. Ahmed

                                        Joseph Manna

2000                            Sarah K. Goode

                                        Jose Ernesto Molins

2001                            Samir M. Ahmed

                                        Erica Lee Gough

2002                            Dennis Eric Brandt

                                        Steven Tyler Winkelman

                                        Nicolaas Cornelis Kuyper

2003                            Selamawit Firdaweke

                                        Paul M. Sliwinski

2004                            Adam R. Kline

                                        Christopher L. Perry

2005                            Ryan M. Plumeau

2006                            Ryan M. Plumeau

2007                            Ryan M. Plumeau

2008                            Ismael Cremer

                                        Mary Allison Navia

2009                            Ismael Cremer

                                        Nicholas Johnson

2010                            Joshua Black

                                        Benjamin White

2011                            Kristopher Joy Henegar

2012                            Christopher Joseph Sailer

                                        Jason Barry Waters

2013                            Christopher Joseph Sailer

                                        Jason Barry Waters

2014                            Brian Timothy Bosse

                                        Daniel Phenicie

2015                            Joseph Michotek

2016                            George A. Lopez

2017                            Erik B. Hutchison

2018                            Michael Patrick Lynch

2019                            Nicholas Matese

2020                            Nicholas Matese

2021                            Orlando Gonzalez Fuentes                                   

                                        Blake Wolanin 

If you would like to contribute to this fund, please go to Panther Fund and use the "other" designation to identify that you wish to give to this named endowment fund.

Bjornar and Bjorg Hermansen Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$152,859 (2021)

Year Established

1990

Purpose

Support scholarships for deserving undergraduate students enrolled at Florida Tech. (GF000029)

Description

This scholarship will be administered by the Office of Financial Aid. Recipients must be full-time students; must remain in good academic standing; awarded based on merit and need; preference is given to renewal to the same student.


History

Mr. Hermansen was born February 12th, 1943 in Tromsø, Norway. He was the son of Ole K. Hermansen and Klara I. Johannessen, he had two sisters; Gerd Mai Jacobsen and Anne-Grethe Hermansen of Tromsoe, and one brother Ole Hermansen Jr. (deceased). Mr. Bjørnar worked relentlessly from a very early age to succeed by excelling in his academic studies and early career.

He moved to America in 1983 with his wife, and his strong entrepreneurial spirit drove him to start several successful companies. He always said that he worked to allow him to care for his family, friends and to enjoy life; all of which he did with gusto. He was incredibly generous, always willing to help friends in need and those less fortunate in his community and beyond through his steadfast commitment to numerous philanthropic organizations. To those who knew him in life and business, Mr. Bjørnar was a force to be reckoned with, while others who loved him as a patriarch and friend, knew that under the thick skin was a sweet, loving man.

Quickly, he became known as a savvy businessman whose vision helped change the nature of Port Canaveral and the cruise industry, — in addition to that, the Hermansens had interests in banking, real estate and hotels, among other ventures. He and his wife, Bjorg, were just as well respected for their generosity. Other than business, Mr. Bjornar was incredibly well-read, very cultured in the arts, fine food, and especially, French wine. He helped many in Brevard to come to enjoy those same attributes.

Mr. Hermansen was diagnosed with ocular melanoma, a rare form of cancer of the eye in 2011 he tackled his illness the same way he did everything else, reading, researching and getting all the facts. The disease ultimately took his life and he died in December 2015. Leaving behind his wife of 50 years Bjørg, his two sons Tom and John, their wives Cortney and Merete and three grandchildren Erik, Sophia and Vanessa. This scholarship was established to honor a man a “lot of people looked to” – Tom Hermansen.

 

If you would like to contribute to this fund, please go to Panther Fund and use the "other" designation to identify that you wish to give to this named endowment fund.

Bjornar K. Hermansen Ocean Engineering Professorship


Type

Professorship / Research Fund

Value

$274,404 (2021)

Year Established

2017

Purpose

To support a faculty member in Ocean Engineering (GF000006)

Description

Funds are awarded annually to the holder of this professorship.


History

Florida Institute of Technology President T. Dwayne McCay and First Lady Mary Helen McCay established this endowed professorship in science and engineering to honor Bjornar Hermansen, businessman, philanthropist and 26-year Florida Tech trustee who died Dec. 30, 2015. In doing so, they stated that this was “In recognition of Hermansen’s generosity toward the university, the professorship is a testament to his unwavering commitment to the mission and values of Florida Tech while also acknowledging the formative impact he had on the development of Port Canaveral and the cruise industry.”

Mr. Hermansen was born February 12th, 1943 in Tromsø, Norway. He was the son of Ole K. Hermansen and Klara I. Johannessen, he had two sisters; Gerd Mai Jacobsen and Anne-Grethe Hermansen of Tromsoe, and one brother Ole Hermansen Jr. (deceased). Mr. Bjørnar worked relentlessly from a very early age to succeed by excelling in his academic studies and early career.

He moved to America in 1983 with his wife, and his strong entrepreneurial spirit drove him to start several successful companies. He always said that he worked to allow him to care for his family, friends and to enjoy life; all of which he did with gusto. He was incredibly generous, always willing to help friends in need and those less fortunate in his community and beyond through his steadfast commitment to numerous philanthropic organizations. To those who knew him in life and business, Mr. Bjørnar was a force to be reckoned with, while others who loved him as a patriarch and friend, knew that under the thick skin was a sweet, loving man.

Quickly, he became known as a savvy businessman whose vision helped change the nature of Port Canaveral and the cruise industry, — in addition to that, the Hermansens had interests in banking, real estate and hotels, among other ventures. He and his wife, Bjorg, were just as well respected for their generosity. Other than business, Mr. Bjornar was incredibly well-read, very cultured in the arts, fine food, and especially, French wine. He helped many in Brevard to come to enjoy those same attributes.

Mr. Hermansen was diagnosed with ocular melanoma, a rare form of cancer of the eye in 2011 he tackled his illness the same way he did everything else, reading, researching and getting all the facts. The disease ultimately took his life and he died in December 2015. Leaving behind his wife of 50 years Bjørg, his two sons Tom and John, their wives Cortney and Merete and three grandchildren Erik, Sophia and Vanessa. This scholarship was established to honor a man a “lot of people looked to” – Tom Hermansen.

 

If you would like to contribute to this fund, please go to Panther Fund and use the "other" designation to identify that you wish to give to this named endowment fund.

Bob and Jan Case Endowment for Student Enrichment


Type

General Endowment

Value

$37,467 (2021)

Year Established

2016

Purpose

Provide financial support for enrichment programs and educational activities intended, designed and created for students and community youth. (GF000113)

Description

Distribution of this endowment is made on an annual basis and administered by the Director of University Museums. 


History

 

 

If you would like to contribute to this fund, please go to Panther Fund and use the "other" designation to identify that you wish to give to this named endowment fund.

 

Bozik Family Endowment


Type

General Endowment

Value

$56,278 (2021)

Year Established

2013

Purpose

Provide funds each year for undergraduate/graduate engineering students that have participated and demonstrated leadership in and through Flroida Tech campus life activities, such as The Crimson, Yearbook, Campus Activities Board, SGA, etc. (GF000211)

Description

Recipients must be a U.S. citizen, and a junior, senior or graduate level student in good academic standing. Students must have filed a FAFSA with Florida Tech Office of Financial Aid, which proves financial need.


History

Recipients:

2019                            Angelica Helton

2020                            Angelica Helton

2021                            Angelica Helton

Brevard Scholars Program


Type

General Endowment

Value

$157,593 (2021)

Year Established

1999

Purpose

Scholarships for Brevard County residents. (GF000070)

Description

This scholarship is administered by the Office of Financial Aid. Recipients must be a Brevard Country resident.


History

 

If you would like to contribute to this fund, please go to Panther Fund and use the "other" designation to identify that you wish to give to this named endowment fund.

Brevard Scholarship In Life Sciences


Type

General Endowment

Value

$591,025 (2021)

Year Established

2002

Purpose

Support an undergraduate student studying Life Sciences. (GF000058)

Description

This scholarship is administered by the Office of Financial Aid to local incoming freshman, then renewed each year.


History

The Melbourne Kidney Center has been improving the life of countless victims of kidney disease for several years, it keeps contributing to the health and well-being of Brevard, and it has state-of-the art techniques and services.

The Melbourne Kidney Center established a scholarship program to support Brevard County undergraduate students enrolled in Life Sciences. This endowed scholarship prepares recipients for medical, life sciences research and teaching careers, since a very high proportion of Florida Tech life sciences graduates go on to medical school and to career in life sciences and medical research. Additionally, since Florida Tech has outstanding life sciences programs. 

Bryan J. LaRose Memorial Scholarship Endowment


Type

General Endowment

Value

$42,728 (2021)

Year Established

2003

Purpose

Scholarships for undergraduate students pursuing a degree in Science Education. (GF000035)

Description

Recipients must be a full-time undergraduate student in their junior or senior year pursuing a degree in Science Education. Scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of need and merit determined by the Director of Financial Aid. Preference will be given to renewing scholarship to the same student(s) in successive semesters. 


History

Mr. and Mrs. LaRose created an endowed scholarship fund when his son, Bryan J. LaRose, who was an FIT Alumni, passed in November of 2003. Due to many gifts from friends, colleagues, and family and a deposit of $12,560 from A. William and Margaret LaRose, the endowment was created with an amount of $26,500.

Recipients:

2006                            Heather Noel Novak

2007                            Heather Noel Novak

2008                            Carolyn Marie Horst

2009                            Deirdra Renae O’Donnell

2010                            Deirdra Renae O’Donnell

2011                            Michael Alan Greene

2012                            Kelsey Elizabeth Clayton

2013                            Victoria Elaine Savosh

2014                            Courtney Renee Shadik

2015                            Courtney Renee Shadik

2016                            Alexandra M Folcik

2017                            Alexandra M Folcik

2018                            Ana Valentina Castaneda Rojas

2019                            Ana Valentina Castaneda Rojas

2020                            Austin Brower

2021                            Austin Brower 

If you would like to contribute to this fund, please go to Panther Fund and use the "other" designation to identify that you wish to give to this named endowment fund.

 

Captain Joseph Brayton Perkins Scholarship Endowment


Type

General Endowment

Value

$16,812 (2021)

Year Established

1986

Purpose

Provide scholarships to flight students in the College of Aeronautics. (GF000024)

Description

The recipient of this scholarship will be a College of Aeronautics' student who aspires to be an airline pilot, has a 2.8 GPA of higher, a good overall record, and a need for financial assistance.


History

 

 

If you would like to contribute to this fund, please go to Panther Fund and use the "other" designation to identify that you wish to give to this named endowment fund.

Cavallucci-Strouse Family Endowment for Ethics and Leadership


Type

General Endowment

Value

$89,718 (2021)

Year Established

2014

Purpose

Support the Bisk College of Business Center for Ethics and Leadership. (GF000183)

Description

Funds will exist in perpetuity with annual earning made available to assist the Bisk College of Business Center for Ethics and Leadership in hosting the Ethics and Leadership Breakfast events. The remaining funds will be used to support expenses associated with student participation in intercollegiate business competitions with a preference given to competitions focused on Ethics and Leadership.


History

Eugene S. (Gene) Cavallucci earned his bachelor’s degree from Penn State University, his Juris Doctorate degree from Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law, and his Master of Laws degree in government procurement law from the George Washington University Law Center.

He served for seven years in the U.S. Army Force, where he was Chief of Contracts and Patents at the Eastern Space and Missile Center, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, during his last assignment. Later, he became partner in the law firm of Nabors, Potter, McClelland, Griffith and Jones, P.A for a few years, and then stared working at DBA Systems, Inc., where he was Vice President, Corporate Secretary, and General Counsel. In 1990, Mr. Cavallucci joined Harris Corporation where he served as Vice President and Legal Counsel of Harris’ federal government, aerospace and defense business units; as Director of Business Conduct; and as General Counsel. In 2010, he retired after 20 years of service to this Fortune 500 public company.

Mr. Cavallucci was also an adjunct professor at Florida Tech. He taught graduate courses in government contract administration and contract negotiations. He is a member of the board of overseers of Bisk College of Business and serves on the executive committee of the Bisk College of Business Center for Ethics and Leadership.

Moreover, Mr. Cavallucci has been a member of the NCMA, National Contract Management Association, since 1978, and was elected an NCMA fellow in 1992. He has served on the legal committee of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and was chair of the government contracts council of the Manufacturer’s Alliance.

 

If you would like to contribute to this fund, please go to Panther Fund and use the "other" designation to identify that you wish to give to this named endowment fund.

Chadley M. Rhodes Memorial Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$300,812 (2021)

Year Established

1988

Purpose

In memory of Chadley Rhodes. (GF000025)

Description

Established in 1988, the program provides one or more annual scholarships of a minimum of $1,000 to full-time undergraduate students enrolled in the School of Aeronautics who are citizens of the United States. The Florida Tech Office of Financial Aid administers the scholarships. Each recipient must be a U.S. citizen and a full-time student majoring in an aeronautics program. Recipients must have reached the junior level of study (sixty semester hours or more), must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0, and must demonstrate significant financial need. If a recipient continues to meet all award requirements, the scholarship can be continued for two years.


History

Joe Flammio, Ralph McKee, and Robert Graham Ferrell were the first contributors to the fund. Joe started a fund-raising effort to increase the endowment. Keener Smathers notified the family of Chad regarding Joe’s interest in raising the total contributions to the scholarship fund to the endowment level. The scholarship became an endowed fund in 1995. The initial principal of the fund may be added to later by others, and shall be invested by Florida Tech and the income therefrom used annually to provide one or more scholarships in an amount determined by the Scholarship Committee. The scholarship awarded will be a minimum of $1,000, but shall not exceed the interest earned by the fund principal. The recipient of the scholarship shall be selected by Florida Tech’s Scholarship Committee. Accrued income in excess of the amount necessary for the scholarship shall be added to the principal of the fund. If no scholarship is awarded in any one year, the accrued income she be added to the principal of the fund. Florida Tech shall advise the Rhodes Family Scholarship of the name of the recipient each year.

Recipients:

1996                            Jeffrey Orkin

                                        David Jamieson

1997                            Jeffrey Orkin                          

1998                            Joel Ridbeck

1999                            Sarah K. Goode

2000                            Sarah K. Goode

2001                            Sarah K. Goode

                                        David Eric Greene

2002                            Benjamin F. Chiles                 

2003                            Rafael A. Melendez

                                        Scott Sindel

2004                            Ryan Holmgren

                                        Brandon Holmgren

                                        Scott Sindel

2005                            Bradley P. Coffran

                                        Adam R. Kline

                                        Erdem Serifoglu

2006                            Nickolas Cepeda

                                        Sean Gavin

                                        Rachel Gorman

2007                            Laura D. Feja

                                        Dana William Messier

                                        Steven Nesbitt

2008                            Matthew Belew

                                        Laura D. Feja

                                        Dana William Messier

                                        Mark Edward Reynolds

2009                            Pericles Maranhao Neto

                                        Matthew Belew

                                       John Henson

                                        Marissa Weselak

2010                            Alyssa Danos

                                       John Henson

                                       Lowell Huntington

                                       Francine Kelly

                                       William Wing

2011                            Chad Civetti

                                        Francine Kelly

2012                            Daniel Schoenberg

                                        Kristopher Jackson

                                        Erikka Husted

2013                            Kristopher Jackson

                                        Kyle John Piscopo

                                        Robert John Himler

                                       Erikka Husted

2014                            Kyle John Piscopo

                                        Robert John Himler

                                        Sara Bienvenu

                                        Ronald Abda

2015                            Robert John Himler

                                        Sara Bienvenu

                                        Daniel Phenicle

2016                            Daniel John Lumetta

                                        Robert John Himler

                                        Joseph Michotek

                                        Kyle Stevens

                                        John Doerr

                                        Michael McDonnell

                                        Nicholas Flower

                                        Angel Colchado

                                        Alexander L. Michaels

                                        Ryan Klempin

2017                            Chesapeake Gustin

                                        Jeffrey Feinstein

                                        Ryan Klempin

                                        Alexander L. Michaels

                                        Robert John Himler

                                        Brian Poynter 

                                        Angel Colchado

                                        Michael McDonnell               

2018                            Chesapeake Gustin

                                        Brian Poynter

                                        Bradley Horton

                                        Robert John Himler

                                        Angel Colchado

2019                            Daniel Beyer

                                        Alexander Cote

                                        Darian Sotomi

2020                            Daniel Beyer

                                        Donald Cromie

2021                            Donald Cromie                                       

                                        Alexander Tapia Rios 

If you would like to contribute to this fund, please go to Panther Fund and use the "other" designation to identify that you wish to give to this named endowment fund.

Charles A. Frueauff Foundation Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$481,617 (2021)

Year Established

1979

Purpose

Scholarships for students with financial need. (GF000141)

Description

The award will go to students in good academic standing and satisfactory academic progress with financial need. Preference for renewing to the same student in subsequent years.


History

The Charles A. Frueauff Foundation (CAFF) was founded in 1950 by Charles A. Frueauff through his Last Will and Testament. He was an attorney in New York who served many charitable organizations during his lifetime. The Foundation is based in Little Rock, Arkansas. Its mission is “to improve the lives of those in need by awarding grants to nonprofits in the areas of social services, health and hospitals, and higher education. The Frueauff Foundation has made over $164 million in grants to over 1,185 organizations and institutions.

The Foundation focuses on areas such as education, human services and health-related causes around the United States. In the area of education, CAFF has continually supported several private four-year colleges and universities in the US, providing assistance to aid current students and also serve future generations, and grants for technology, software upgrades, and other infrastructure assistance.  In the area of health-related causes, the Foundation has helped to improve access to and raise the quality of health care of American citizens. And in the area of human services, CAFF supports agencies that seek assistance to improve children’s and families’ lives.

 

Recipients:

2019      Emmanuel Fayomi, Matthew Harvey, Noufel Maalal, John Kenneth McGuire

2020      Isobel Avento, Matthew Harvey, Stephen Maliszewski, Jonathan Stone 

2021      Maxwell Hagberg, Matthew Harvey, Cole Higbee, Jonathan Stone

If you would like to contribute to this fund, please go to Panther Fund and use the "other" designation to identify that you wish to give to this named endowment fund.

 

Chris Giddings Memorial Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$49,159 (2021)

Year Established

1995

Purpose

Scholarships for College of Aeronautics students. (GF000032)

Description

The College of Aeronautics will select 1-2 students annually to receive a $1,500 scholarship. Recipients must be a junior in the College of Aeronautics.


History

Recipients:

1996                            Andrew Brian Brand

1997                            Andrew Brian Brand

                                        Brendan Robert Meckel

1998                            Andrew Brian Brand

1999                            Jason John Milewski

2000                            David Eric Greene

2001                            Romain Rene Alain Hericher

2002                            Paul Isaac Badaracco

2003                            Sean Daniel Stavely

2005                            Anthony Luigi Turchioe

2006                            Yu Yeon Ku

2007                            Stephen D. Brookfield

2008                            Anna Mae Marron

2009                            Natalie Joy Kohler

2010                            Kristopher Joy Henegar

2011                            Nicole Markham Maillet

2012                            Nicole Markham Maillet

2013                            Rian Mahiar Mehta

2014                            Matthew Thomas Fitzgerald

2015                            Alexander James Martin

2016                            Brian Christopher Finnell

2017                            Brian Christopher Finnell

2018                            Pawel M. Kasica

2019                            Riley Kirane

2020                            Riley Kirane

2021                            Ricardo Miller

If you would like to contribute to this fund, please go to Panther Fund and use the "other" designation to identify that you wish to give to this named endowment fund. 

Christine Antoinette Mead Athletic Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$572,876 (2021)

Year Established

1986

Purpose

Fund athletic scholarships. (GF000012)

Description

This scholarship is awarded directly by the Athletics Department.


History

On Sept. 26, 1981 Mrs. Christine Antoinette Mead set up a testamentary trust, including a life estate to benefit her friend Ethel C. Powell.

On April 14, 1987, Florida Tech announced the establishment of a $300,000 trust gift to establish an endowment for scholarships for student athletes.  Mrs. Mead was a long time resident of the area and lived in Micco, FL.  

 If you would like to contribute to this fund, please go to Panther Fund and use the "other" designation to identify that you wish to give to this named endowment fund.

Christopher Sherman Neese Scholarship Endowment Fund


The photo was taken in 1973 at a seaside restaurant on the island of Mykonos, Greece where Christopher Sherman Neese (1946-1988) was on a cruise that included diving.

Type

General Endowment

Value

$80,014 (2021)

Year Established

1989

Purpose

Scholarships for students studying Marine Science. (GF000026)

Description

This scholarship is administered by the Office of Financial Aid to a student studying Marine Science. Preference (not a requirement) that the selected student be engaged in graduate work and that there is a credible interest in working the coastal areas of the southeast.


History

This scholarship was seeded by a one-time contribution in Chris' memory.

Chris was a Master Open Water Diver who loved the sea. He thoroughly enjoyed serving as Divemaster/Instructor for beginner and seasoned divers alike. His favorite dives were night dives in the sunken vessels off Palm Beach. He often said: "There's nothing as exciting as turning a dark passageway corner on a sunken ship at night and coming facemask to snout with a barracuda; up close and personal in the limited light they appear as large and menacing as any shark ever could."

If you would like to contribute to this fund, please go to Panther Fund and use the "other" designation to identify that you wish to give to this named endowment fund.

Civil Alumni Recruitment Endowment (CARE)


Type

General Endowment

Value

$80,920 (2021)

Year Established

2006

Purpose

Scholarships offered with the purpose of assisting in recruitment and retention of outstanding undergraduate and graduate students in Civil Engineering. (GF000085)

Description

Recipients will be selected by the Civil Engineering department head, the Civil Engineering Advisory Committee and the director of Financial Aid. 


History

Ashok Pandit obtained his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India in 1973; his master’s degree in Water Resources Engineering from Clemson University in 1976; and his Ph.D. from Clemson University in 1982.

He has been serving at Florida Institute of Technology since 1998. For three years (1998-2000), Ashok was Professor and Program Chair of Civil Engineering; then, from 2000 to 2016, he was Professor and Department Head of Civil Engineering; from 2016 to 2018, he was Professor and Department Head of Civil Engineering and Construction Management; and since 2018, he has been Professor and Department Head of Mechanical and Civil Engineering.

In addition to teaching, his research activities “focus on simulation of contaminant transport in subsurface media using numerical and physical models, saltwater intrusion, hydrological modeling, and stormwater management.” Moreover, he is active in STEM education and outreach, and recently received an NSF STEM grant to grow STEM education to students from Community and State Colleges.

Professor Pandit has also organized successful week-long Engineering Summer Camps since 2009 for 9th to 12th graders who are interested in engineering. During this camp, students learn about MATLAB, AutoCAD, Fusion 360, and Pro Engineer, plus they witness laboratory demonstrations and conduct well-design experiments in different fields. 

Recipients:

2019                            Cole Stubbe

2020                            Cole Stubbe

2021                            Cole Stubbe

Coca-Cola Scholarship


Type

Scholarship / Fellowship

Value

$394,632 (2021)

Year Established

1998

Purpose

Scholarships for minority and female students. (GF000041)

Description

This scholarship is administered through the Office of Financial Aid. Recipients must be a female or minority student studying engineering.


History

Founded in 1999, the Coca-Cola Scholarship Endowment was set up to enable more females and minorities to major in engineering at Florida Tech. The Coca-Cola foundation expects to receive from Florida Tech the names and addresses of the students selected to receive the scholarship and recipients of scholarships must send a prompt thank-you letter. The F.W. Olin Foundation matched Coca-Cola’s funds. The first installment of their grant was $50,000 in 1998.

Recipients:

1999                            Nigel R. Moses

2000                            Olive Tareen Henry

                                        Derek Jesus Serrano

2001                            Yezenia Enid Ortiz

                                        Edwin Kaibakai Sherman

                                        Johnny Russell Jones

2002                            Yezenia Enid Ortiz

                                        Shannon Marie Seibert

                                        Kyra Mary Boback

2003                            Kyra Mary Boback

                                        Kelly Marie Currin

                                        Shern E. Peters

2004                            Kelly Marie Currin

                                        Shern E. Peters

2005                            Yekaterina A. Lin

                                        Kelly Marie Currin

                                        Shern E. Peters

2006                            Lisa Marie Cole

                                        Mark Anthony Campbell

                                        Kelly Marie Currin

2007                            Lisa Marie Cole

                                        Eric Frank Trillas

                                        Christian Andrew Smith

2008                            Lisa Marie Cole

                                        Stephanie Marie Groleau

                                        Eric Frank Trillas

2009                            NeAnna Renee Sprauve

                                        Eric Frank Trillas

                                        Alyssa Lynn Templeton

2010                            NeAnna Renee Sprauve

                                        Alyssa Lynn Templeton

                                        Taylor Marie Woodard

2011                            Jennifer Ann-Louise Draher

                                        Kaitlin Paige Trump

2013                            Richard Tan Pentecostes

                                        Shawn Jayesh Chokshi

2014                            Alessandra Carlota Miranda

                                        Richard Tan Pentecostes

                                        Shawn Jayesh Chokshi

2015                            Sheila Lynne Krouth

                                        Shawn Jayesh Chokshi

                                        Shelby Lynn Stansell

                                        Kayla Marie Magee

2016                            Sheila Lynne Krouth

                                        Arielle Marie Gunderson

                                        Shelby Lynn Stansell

                                        Kayla Marie Magee

                                        Mckenzie C. Clark

2017                            Arielle Marie Gunderson

                                        Briana Marilyn Cantos

                                        Kayla Marie Magee

                                        Christopher James Dixon

                                        Mckenzie C. Clark

                                        Brian Chi An Truong

2018                            Briana Marilyn Cantos

                                        Christopher James Dixon

                                        Mckenzie C. Clark

                                        Brian Chi An Truong

                                        Roxana Romina Preis

2019                            Ariel Santiago-Cepeda

                                        David Richards

                                        Luis Rodriguez

                                        Miguel Colmenares

2020                            Ariel Santiago-Cepeda

                                       Javier Baez

                                       David Richards

                                       Miguel Colmenares

                                       Luis Rodriguez

2021                           Andrew Neal

                                       Javier Baez

                                       David Richards

                                       Patrick Ribeiro

                                       Luis Rodriguez

COE Endowment for Academic Programs


Type

General Endowment

Value

$282,183 (2021)

Year Established

2003

Purpose

Enable College of Engineering permanently to support its faculty and students and to maintain the College's teaching, research facilities, and resources at a high level. (GF000176)

Description

Funds will be used at the discretion of the Dean of the College of Engineering to support student capstone design projects; to provide technological and electronic resources; to make faculty development opportunities available; to pay expenses related to support of faculty and students engaged in professional development and academic enterprises; and generally strengthen the mission of the College of Engineering.


History

Commitment to Excellence


Type

General Endowment

Value

$32,934 (2021)

Year Established

1986

Purpose

Support the College of Science (GF000136)

Description

Funds will be used to support the College of Science at the discretion of the Provost.


History

Computer Sciences Endowment


Type

General Endowment

Value

$536,749 (2021)

Year Established

1999

Purpose

Support the Computer Sciences Department. (GF000164)

Description

Funds are to be approved by the Dean of the College of Engineering to support capital equipment needs; provide for operating expenses of the department; and provide for other expenses and needs of the department.


History

Construction Industry Advisory Board (CIAB) Endowment


Type

General Endowment

Value

$400,781 (2021)

Year Established

2003

Purpose

Support a Construction Management Program in the Department of Civil Engineering. (GF000177)

Description

Funds will be used at the discretion of the Construction Management Department Head to provide instructional and research resources for faculty and students, to provide needed technological and electronic resources; to make faculty development opportunities available; to pay expenses related to support of faculty students engaged in professional development and academic enterprises related to the Construction Management Program.


History

David A. Kriegman Scholarship Fund


Type

Scholarship / Fellowship

Value

$17,558

Year Established

2020

Purpose

Income from this fund will support an annual scholarship for undergraduate students who have promoted the university through extracurricular activities which benefit Florida Tech or the student body. (GF000428)

Description

Income from this fund will support an annual scholarship for undergraduate students who have promoted the university through extracurricular activities which benefit Florida Tech or the student body. these activities include, but are not limited to, work on the student newspaper, student council, or the student radio station. preference shall be given for supporting students, who have a financial need. the recipients of this fund shall be identified as David Kriegman Scholars.


History

Mr. Kriegman spent 30 years growing and managing companies that provide professional services to the government. He earned his Master of Science in Mathematics from the Florida Institute of Technology.

Mr. Kriegman credits Florida Tech with improving his professional and personal life and wants to help other students achieve the success he did. In his own words, “My years at Florida Tech helped me in both my professional and personal growth. I learned not just from my classes, but from participating and contributing to campus activities. I want to encourage and help students in their total learning and growth experiences, and I want to demonstrate the rewards of giving something back to one's community.”

David Byron Thompson Memorial Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$68,094 (2021)

Year Established

2010

Purpose

Scholarships to provide support for students enrolled in the Mathematics Education program. (GF000099)

Description

Recipients must be an upper-level junior or senior enrolled in Mathematics Education with a preference given to students involved in golf; must remain in good academics standing and continue to meet the academic criteria that generall apply to recipients of financial aid.


History

David “Byron” Thompson was born in November 2nd, 1987 in Pace, Florida. He graduated from Pace High School in 2006, where he participated in different sports such as basketball, baseball, football, and golf. He attended Florida Institute of Technology and graduated with a degree in Math Education in July of 2010. He played varsity golf while at Florida Tech.

Byron died in August 7th, 2010, at the age of 22. However, he is remembered by his family, friends, and everyone who knew him. “Byron loved spending time with his family and friends, working on cars, designing and creating projects and golfing with his dad. He was a funny, sweet, loving, inquisitive, compassionate, determined and mischievous guy. Byron simply filled a room both physically and with his personality and all who knew him loved him”, his family said.

Recipients:

2019                            Blake Derhammer and Steven Manteiga

2020                            Gabriella Filippelli

David L. and Theresa G. Clayton Fellowship


David Clayton, Terry Clayton, George Maul. Florida Tech library, 2015.

Type

General Endowment

Value

$178,372 (2021)

Year Established

2002

Purpose

Provide fellowships for graduate students enrolled in Florida Tech's Department ofOcean Engineering and Marine Sciences. (GF000150)

Description

Recipient must be a U.S. citizen who is in good academic standing as determined by the faculty of the Department of Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences. Preference will always be given to renewing the fellowship to the same student in successive semesters until graduate degree is awarded.


History

David L. Clayton earned both his master’s degree in ocean engineering and MBA from Florida Institute of Technology in 1983 and 1986, respectively. He worked for 16 years at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, where he had different positions including research and development manager. In addition, he worked as general manager of Vetrol Data Systems in Vero Beach and serves as Mayor of the Town of Mt. Crested Butte, Colorado.

Theresa “Terry” Clayton spent her professional career in education as an elementary teacher and specialist and worked for more than 26 years in the Indian River County School District.

Deering-Irlandi Fellowship


Type

Scholarship / Fellowship

Value

$51,223 (2021)

Year Established

2011

Purpose

Fellowships for graduate students studying in the Department of Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences. (GF000180)

Description

Recipients must be a graduate student within the Department of Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences. Women are particularly encouraged to apply.


History

 
 
 

Dent Smith Botanical Garden Fund


Type

General Endowment

Value

$61,521 (2021)

Year Established

1989

Purpose

Support Florida Tech's Botanical Garden. (GF000145)

Description

This fund was created to support and maintain Florida Tech's Botanical Garden.


History

Dent Smith, also known as “The Palm Man”, was born in Staunton, Virginia in 1897. He started his college education at Aurburn University but was enlisted in the Army in 1915 at the age of 18. There, he served for seven years and climbed up to the rank of first sergeant.

In 1929, Dent Smith had established his own brokerage firm after becoming a bond salesman in 1923. Ten years later, in 1939, he retired from his position as president of his own company and became profoundly interested in publishing a magazine called “Encore”, described as “a digest of the works of classical writers as well as modern.” However, during World War II, Smith sold it to another firm since it was never a financial success. In 1949, he moved to Daytona Beach and after “looking for a hobby that would keep his hands busy and his mind occupied”, he acquired four acres of land on the peninsula and, did not only started collecting palms and other tress, but also studying them. Eleven years after, he had 150 different palm species growing on his property.

His passion and interest in palm trees and other trees, lead him to think about starting a journal for a palm society. In 1956, he fulfilled that goal with the help of Dr. Harold E. Moore, a distinguished botanist. The journal was printed and illustrated under the name “Principes”, with the thought that “palm trees were the princes of all trees.” Throughout the following years, the society gained over 2,000 members, including many in Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Before his death in April, 1985, he received an honorary degree from Florida Institute of Technology in appreciation for the work he did in establishing a palm garden on 

Dettmer Family Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$471.360 (2021)

Year Established

1999

Purpose

Scholarships for students attending Florida Tech. (GF000052)

Description

This scholarship is administered by the Office of Financial Aid.


History

In 1999, Dale Dettmer donated $25,000 to create the “Dettmer Family Scholarship Fund”. A future donation of $10,000 was made in 2000. The purpose of the fund is to support deserving students of Florida Institute of Technology.

Recipients:

2019                            Tomas Lavigne
                                        Roland Hesmondhalgh
                                        Anastasia Revenidis
                                        Shannon O'Neil
                                        Michelle Engelke

2020                           Alexander Bernard Smith
                                       Shannon E. O'Neil
                                       Jessica A. Lugo
                                       Michelle Antoinette Engelke
                                       Matthew Philip LeCompte
                                       Isabella Imelda Maria Dudgeon

Division of Electrical & Computer Science & Engineering (DECSE) Endowment


Type

General Endowment

Value

$67,202 (2021)

Year Established

1998

Purpose

Provide funds to support capital equipment, laboratory needs, and operating expenses of the Division of Electrical and Computer Sciences and Engineering (DECSE). (GF000163)

Description

Funds are used at the discretion of the Director of the Division of Electrical and Computer Sciences and Engineering (DECSE).


History

Don Creech Memorial Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$75,203 (2021)

Year Established

2000

Purpose

Scholarships for Electrical Engineering students. (GF000065)

Description

The recipient must be an undergraduate Electrical Engineering student with financial need and a resident of Brevard County. Student may continue to receive the scholarships until they graduate or leave the university, provided the student remains qualified for the scholarship.


History

The Don Creech Memorial Scholarship Endowment

My husband, Donald Edgar Creech, had a natural engineering talent and was born with a pioneer spirit. His curiosity for what makes things go led him to many lifetime achievements in a variety of interests and a mastery in electrical and mechanical technology.

He built everything for his personal use himself.  He did all his own repair work on cars and trucks. He hand-built a computer in the 1960’s and taught himself computer languages. He learned how to repair organs and was self-taught in playing organ music. He was a ham radio operator. He was skilled in home construction. If he had lived one hundred and fifty years ago, he would have shared the spotlight along with the inventors of that time. The challenge of doing was never too great for him.

In this modern era we are now living, an average man cares little about how to personally fix or build anything. That is for the specialists. Times have changed. The “everyman” of our own pioneer days is disappearing. Consequently, as we enter the 21st century, fewer people, like Don, seem to exhibit an inventive mind or are self-reliant.

Born on February 17, 1935, he grew up in a very volatile time during the last remnants of the Depression and America’s involvement in World War II and the Korean conflict. Military and family commitments prevented him from pursuing the engineering degree he had hoped for. However, he received diplomas from technical schools in Michigan and Florida, among them being RETS, (Radio Electronic Television School) 1959, 1960, in Television and Communication Technology; PVTI (Pinellas Vocational Technical Institute, Florida) 1988, 1989, in Electro Mechanical Technology and Industrial Electronics; PTEC, (Pinellas Technical Education Center, Florida) 1985, in Robotic Technology. He held an FCC Radio Telephone Operator License 1958-2005 and was certified by the U.S. Power Squadron in Marine Electronics, 1971. He was an avid reader of technical journals.

He honorably served in the U.S. Army from 1954-1957 on the East German border. He began his career as an engineer in the communications field with Western Electric in Michigan and Illinois, later joining GTE Planning and Development in Tampa, Florida in the late 1960’s from which he retired in 1987.

Since retirement, we traveled extensively marveling at the engineering feats of ancient civilizations in the countries we visited.

In 1997, he enrolled in college with the intention of obtaining the engineering degree he’d always wanted. Before he could complete his degree, Don passed away on April 22, 2000. 

He had an enduring respect for engineers crediting them for the major advancements of science and technology throughout the ages. His desire was to help deserving young people who are seeking an engineering degree (particularly electrical). And it is for this reason that I have set up an endowed scholarship fund.

The cost of a college education today is great. What better way can we secure a brighter future than to invest in the inquiring minds of engineering students.

Mrs. Donald E. (Joy) Creech

August 11, 2000

 

Awardees

Douglas M. Schuler Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$45,420 (2021)

Year Established

2014

Purpose

Scholarship for undergraduates in the College of Engineering. (GF000214)

Description

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Head will select a recipient based on financial need, with name provided to the Office of Financial Aid for approval.


History

Doug Schuler is a senior control engineer and computer control specialist for Westinghouse Corp. in Canton, Massachusetts. He has worked on projects in the United States, Canada, Algeria and now China, where next generation nuclear plants are being constructed.

A College of Engineering graduate, Schuler earned his degree in electrical engineering in 1972, and in 2013 established the Douglas M. Schuler Endowment to provide scholarships to electrical and computer engineer majors. He has invested in senior design projects and is a major donor to the Student Design Center, providing funds for equipment. He currently resides in the Boston area.

Recipients:

2018                Anderson Goncalves

2019                Anderson Goncalves

Dr. Anne P. Rowe Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$77,819 (2021)

Year Established

2004

Purpose

Scholarships for senior students in the College of Engineering. (GF000082)

Description

Must be a senior student in the College of Engineering. Recipients will be selected by the Director of Financial Aid in consultation with the Dean of the College of Engineering.


History

Anne P. Rowe was born on February 1st, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan. She lived and raised her family in Ann Arbor from 1946 to 1974 and obtained her BS and MS in chemistry, as well as her PhD from the University of Michigan.

Rowe was a distinguished NASA and University of Michigan researcher, in addition to professor at three engineering colleges. She was the first woman to receive a PhD from the University of Michigan in material science and engineering, focusing on electron microscopy studies of dental materials. Consequently, she received the University of Michigan Engineering Alumni Society Merit Award.  

She was president of the Society of Women Engineers, and she actively promoted women in engineering and science all her life. She worked as a research metallurgist/material engineer on NASA space shuttles at Lewis Research Center and the Kennedy Space Center. Moreover, Rowe was a professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University and then at Florida Institute of Technology. She later served as professor of chemistry at LaRoche College.

Aside from her professional career, Anne Rowe loved to travel, teach, and spend time with her family. She died on January 27th, 2012, at the age of 85, in Boulder, Colorado. 

Dr. Carol L. Philpot Family Psychology Fellowship


Type

Scholarship / Fellowship

Value

$118,252 (2021)

Year Established

2010

Purpose

Provide and opportunity for innovative, structured graduate and postdoctoral studies in clinical psychology and clinical experience in the area of family psychology. (GF000139)

Description

Students who have received a solid foundation in basic clinical psychology and who have demonstrated excellence in academic and clinical realms will be chosen by the faculty of the School of Psychology.


History

Dr. Elizabeth B. Wolf-Corman Fellowship


Type

Scholarship / Fellowship

Value

$41,722 (2021)

Year Established

2007

Purpose

Offer fellowships to graduate students in the School of Psychology. (GF000037)

Description

Recipient must be a graduate student within the School of Psychology. Recipient will be selected by the Scholarship Committee/Coordinator in the School of Pscyhology.


History

Elizabeth (Betty) Baker Wolf Corman was born in Cleveland, Ohio on February 25th, 1917. She attended Glenville High School and then graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Flora Stone Mather College of Western Reserve University in Cleveland and received her master’s degree and doctorate in Psychology there.

Professionally speaking, Dr. Elizabeth Wolf, was highly influential in the establishment of the licensure of psychologists in the state of Ohio. She was an outstanding teacher and clinician and became a fellow of the American Psychological Association and a Diplomat of the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Elizabeth Wolf served as a Selection Officer for Peace Corps and was director of one of the first clinical training programs at Western Reserve University. Furthermore, she was not only a Professor of Psychology and Director of Psychology Services at Marshal University in Huntington, West Virginia, she also served as president of the West Virginia Psychological Association and played a key role in the development of the community mental health center in Huntington. Later, she became Professor and Director of Clinical Training at Florida Institute of Technology and, upon retirement, became Professor Emeritus.

Aside from her professional career, Betty was a dynamic force in the Jewish Community, and was recognized as a “Woman of Valor” at Temple Israel of Brevard. She was active in the temple sisterhood of Ohev Shalom congregation in Huntington, WV and at Temple Israel, as well. Betty loved oil painting and playing Scrabble, which she regularly played with distinction.

Betty passed away on September 27th, 2006. However, she is remembered by her loved ones as someone who had a passion for life and was loved by all who knew her. “She was a wonderful role model for her children and grandchildren and always emphasized the importance of family, friends, and living life to its fullest. While realistically viewing the world around her, Betty was an eternal optimist, and regularly shared her enthusiasm for life with those around her. Betty was an incredibly compassionate and accepting person who strived throughout her life to contribute to the world around her.” 

Dr. Frank M. Webbe School Of Psychology Endowment Fund


Type

General Endowment

Value

$101,578 (2021)

Year Established

2000

Purpose

Scholarships for undergraduate students within the School of Psychology. (GF000072)

Description

This scholarship is administered by the Office of Financial Aid. Recipients must be an undergraduate student studying within the School of Psychology.


History

Frank Webbe earned his B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Florida in 1969, 1971, and 1974, respectively, and completed postdoctoral training in teaching at UF and in psychopharmacology/neuroscience at the University of Mississippi. He is professor of psychology and behavior analysis at Florida Institute of Technology, research director of the East Central Florida Memory Disorder Clinic, and the director of the Florida Tech Sport-Related Concussion Project and Concussion Management Program.

His research focuses on two areas of neuropsychology: Alzheimer’s disease and sports-related concussion and he has studied standard and computerized methods of early assessment of Alzheimer’s disease, and in-home Applied Behavior Analysis interventions with family caregivers and Alzheimer’s patients. Moreover, he is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the National Academy of Neuropsychology, a member and treasurer of the Sport Neuropsychology Society, past treasurer of the National Academy of Neuropsychology Foundation Board of Trustees, an immediate past Chair of the Technology Professional Interest Area of the International Society to Advance Alzheimer Research and Treatment, and former president of the Society for Sport, Exercise, & Performance Psychology of the American Psychological Association. Additionally, he has served for multiple years as the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative at Florida Tech, and is past president of the National Faculty Athletics Representative Association (FARA).

Dr. Webbe has been recognized and awarded multiple times in different occasions such as “Florida Tech Outstanding Service Award (1995), Florida Tech Student Elected Teacher of the Year in the School of Psychology (1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, and 2006), Outstanding Young Man of America (1979), among others. 

 

Recipients:

2002      Jessica Mirda

2003      Jessica Mirda

2004      Jessica Mirda

2005      Sarah Allen             

                  Kristen Hannigan

2006      Kristen Hannigan

2007      Kristen Hannigan

2008      Lauren Lester

2009      Lauren Lester

2010      Sarah Sowle

2011      Brittany Sjaastad

2012      Brittany Sjaastad

2013      Brittany Sjaastad

2014      Brittany Sjaastad

2015      Lindsey Johnson

2016      Lindsey Johnson

                  Stephanie Cairns

2017      Riley Wolff

2018      Riley Wolff

2019      Maryssa Rusley

2020      Maryssa Rusley

2021      Maryssa Rusley

                  Vanessa Lawton

Dr. Gary N. Wells Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$69,405 (2021)

Year Established

2007

Purpose

Scholarship for students entering their senior year within the Biology Department. (GF000088)

Description

An award committee will select the award recipient during the spring semester of their junior year. 


History

Gary N. Wells worked at Florida Institute of Technology for 34 years as a biochemistry professor, with 23 years as Head of the Department of Biological Sciences. During that time, he developed the Biology department from a teaching group to a powerful research-oriented faculty. Moreover, it was his initial approach to the F. W. Olin Foundation that later resulted in the largest donation to the school’s infrastructure, including the Olin Life Sciences Building.

Dr. Wells established the Sigma Psi chapter of Tri-Beta on campus in 1981. It includes activities that reflect the National Biological Honor Society’s objective as well as the diverse interest of the members such as camping and hiking trips, NASA tours, and Boo at the Zoo.

Aside from the administrative duties and teaching biochemistry, Dr. Wells’ greatest achievement was as leader of faculty of disparate interest, providing them with a sense of unity and belonging. “Evidence of the cohesion of this faculty is remarkably low turnover of members, with only two faculty members leaving to take other jobs.”- Mark Bush, Interim Head of Biological Sciences said in 2007.

Recipients:

2019     Taylor Stanley

2020     Savannah Brennan

Dr. J. Clayton Baum Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$70,140 (2021)

Year Established

2007

Purpose

Scholarships for Chemistry majors. (GF000087)

Description

Recipient must be an outstanding Chemistry major in the junior year based on academic standing and reserach achievements. 


History

Dr. J. Clayton Baum came to Florida Institute of Technology in 1979 as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor and later to full Professor. He earned his PhD in Physical Chemistry from Princeton University and was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Florida State University until 1977 when he joined the Department of Chemistry at Bowdoin College as a Visiting Assistant Professor. His research included the application of molecular spectroscopy and/or computational chemistry to the solution of a selection of chemical issues and the improvement of recent applications which included fluorescent sensors. Furthermore, he published 40+ peer-reviewed studies and research papers and the funding for his research exceeded $1 million dollars.

Dr. Baum not only was a successful teacher, he was also a great mentor to both undergraduate and graduate students at Florida Institute of Technology. For this, the Florida Tech alumni established this as the first endowed scholarship in chemistry in his name. In addition, service to the university was a hallmark of his tenure at Florida Tech. He received multiple awards including the Lynn Edward Weaver Award for Lifetime Achievement in Service to Florida Institute of Technology.

Dr. Baum passed on June 21, 2020.  His obituary read:

Indialantic - J. Clayton Baum, 74, passed away on June 21st. A native of Falls Church, VA and resident of Indialantic, FL for 41 years, Clayton dedicated his life to teaching, exercising his passion over 37 years in the Florida Tech Department of Chemistry, where he provided award-winning teaching and mentorship to scores of students.

After earning his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Princeton University, serving as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Florida State University, and working as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Bowdoin College Chemistry Department, Clayton arrived at Florida Tech in 1979 as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. He was later promoted to Associate Professor and then Full Professor, a position he maintained until his retirement as Professor Emeritus in 2016.

During his time at Florida Tech, Clayton published more than 40 peer-reviewed studies and research papers, was recognized repeatedly for his excellence in the classroom with numerous awards, and had a scholarship established in his name by alumni, students and friends in recognition of his teaching and mentoring. He continued to work on research after his retirement, including a National Science Foundation supported project.

Outside of scholarship, Clayton was a loving husband and father who enjoyed camping, hiking, bowling and watching movies with his family and friends. He also took pride and satisfaction in all manner of DIY home projects and working on his model train set.

Clayton is predeceased by his loving wife of 34 years, Melissa, as well as his parents, Robert and Adelaide. He is survived by his son, Matt, his daughter Katie and her life partner Mike, his sister Caroline and her husband John, his first wife and current partner Donna and all of the teaching colleagues and students he inspired.

 

Recipients

2020 Stine Olsen

2021 

Dr. Jerome P. Keuper Endowment


Type

General Endowment

Value

$1,028,071(2021)

Year Established

2002

Purpose

In honor of Dr. Jerome P. Keuper, founder and first president of Florida Tech. (GF000003)

Description

This fund is to be used at the discretion of the President of Florida Tech.


History

Dr. Jerome P. Keuper was the founder and first president of Florida Tech. Dr. Keuper received a B.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.S. from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. According to Florida Tech Today Online, "Dr. Keuper came to the Space Coast in 1958 as chief scientist in RCA's Systems Analysis Group." His career included director of the Federal Reserve of Independent Colleges and Universities, where he also served as chair of the Council of Presidents. Dr. Keuper also served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Under Keuper's guidance, Florida Tech grew from 225 students in 1958, to more than 7,500 in 1983. Dr. Jerome P. Keuper passed away on March 26, 2002.

Dr. Lynn Weaver commented to Florida Tech Today Online, "Dr. Keuper's spirit is in every part of the Florida Tech campus. His vision, his drive to succeed and his unparalleled optimism made [Florida Tech] possible. It is a remarkable thing to create a university and Dr. Keuper was certainly a remarkable man."

Dr. Kerry B. Clark Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$152,956 (2021)

Year Established

1999

Purpose

Scholarship awarded annually to a student majoring in Marine Biology. (GF000055)

Description

In memory of Dr. Kerry B. Clark, a Florida Tech professor of biological sciences, this scholarship is awarded annually to a student majoring in Marine Biology whose dedication and high academic achievement give promise of an outstanding career in the field.


History

Kerry Bruce Clark was born in 1945 and began his career at Florida Institute of Technology in 1971 where he worked as an assistant professor, rising through the ranks to professor of biological sciences, and served as associate department head for graduate programs.

During his career, Dr. Clark established the foundations for the marine biology program and was of huge influence in establishing the department’s museum which houses specimens for both teaching and research. He published several articles in the area of opisthobranches biodiversity, reproduction, systematics, and algal symbiosis. Also, he described and named four new molluscan species and one new echinoderm species, plus he authored the award-winning CD-ROM “METAZOA” dealing with the exploration of invertebrate zoology, the proceeds of which he unselfishly used to purchase and upgrade equipment in the computer lab at Florida Institute of Technology.

Aside from being a member of multiple national and international societies, in 1991 and 1992, Dr. Clark received the Faculty Excellence Award for teaching, and in 1996, he was named a fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in honor of his work documenting rare species of sea slugs. He served the university in many capacities and was the departmental member of the Graduate Council.

Dr. Clark was highly respected by both students and faculty. He was not only a mentor and a role model, he was also an outstanding example of a truly innovative, engaging and empowering teaching professor. He had a vast love of nature and broad knowledge. He was always excited to share. He died in 1999, but his memory will be remembered by all the people he helped, from family and friends to colleagues. 

Recipients:

2019   Erin Casellas

2020   Nicolette Murphey and Mason Thurman

2021   Christian Pagel

Dr. Leonard D. Healy Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$38,831 (2021)

Year Established

2004

Purpose

Scholarships available to graduate students. (GF000083)

Description

Recipients will be chosen by the program director of the Orlando Graduate Center. Student is expected to be making satisfactory progress towards degree; preference shall be given to applicants who are pursuing a degree in Dr. Healy's field of computer science; must submit a brief essay. 


History

Dr. Pieter S. and Mrs. Afaf A. Dubbelday Scholarship Endowment in Physics


Type

General Endowment

Value

$115,572 (2021)

Year Established

2014

Purpose

In honor of long time Physics faculty member Pieter S. Dubbelday, established by his daughters who are alumni. (GF000182)

Description

This scholarship is administered by the Office of Financial Aid. Recipients must demonstrate financial need and high academic merit, and must be majoring in Physics.


History

In 2014, family of Dr. Pieter S. Dubbelday establish an endowed scholarship fund in honor of the eminent Florida Tech faculty member.

Dr. Pieter S. Dubbelday earned his doctorate in nuclear physics from the Vrije Universitet, a university in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Dubbelday was an outstanding physics and oceanography professor at Florida Tech for twenty years (1961-1981) and was known for his intellect, integrity, and dedication to students, making him the Florida Tech Teacher of the Year in 1980 at the annual award ceremony organized by the Student Government Association (SGA).

During his years at Florida Tech, he did not only serve as a professor, but he was also engaged in hydroacoustic research. Furthermore, he received the “Science Faculty Professional Development Award” from the National Science Foundation (NSF). This award allowed him to continue his research at the Underwater Sound Reference Detachment of the Naval Research Lab at Orlando.

Dubbelday’s achievements include designing and constructing an acoustic tank facility, developing an aluminum-based material transparent to sound with a density equivalent to water, holding a patent for a ferrofluid transducer, authoring 45 publications, and still being greatly cited in research these days.

Aside from his professional career, Dubbelday and his wife married in the Netherlands and raised two daughters in Florida. He retired and lived in Garland Texas later in life.

Recipients:

2016      Aaron Brandon

2017      Merrick Lavinsky

2018      Merrick Lavinsky

2019      Amanda Elliott and Merrick Lavinsky

2020      Amanda Elliott and Merrick Lavinsky

2021      Amanda Elliott

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Dr. Sam M. Hughes and Mrs. Kate Settle Hughes Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$33,286 (2021)

Year Established

1983

Purpose

Scholarships for undergraduate students enrolled at Florida Tech. (GF000028)

Description

Recipients are selected by the Office of Financial Aid. Recipient must be a full-time students; preference given to students who are graduates of Melbourne High School and then preference to graduates of other high schools in Brevard County; must be in and remain in good academic standing; preference given to renewal to the same student.


History

On November 11, 1983, Ralph Johnson, Director of Development requested a waiver of the minimum endowment fund level of $10,000 because Sam and Kate Hughes had offered $1,000 to start this scholarship endowment and promised to build it over time. Because Sam was Florida Tech's first mathematics professor in 1958, the university granted the exception.  In a letter on November 22, 1983, President Jerome Keuper stated "Your warm and generous love of people and gift to create an endowed scholarship is magnificent. On behalf of our students that will benefit from your generosity, it is my privilege to say thank you....Your contributionto the birth, growth and graduates of F.I.T. will continue."  Sam did give steadily every year over the next decades and this endowment became a part of the foundation of Florida Tech's overall endowment.

In 1985, Florida Tech bestowed on Sam Hughes an honorary degree.

Sam went on to serve as a minister in Clinton, S.C.  The Rev. Dr. Samuel Mason Hughes passed on December 2nd, 2004 at Laurens County Hospital and Kate passed on January 27th, 2010.

His obituary stated:

Born in Calhoun Falls, he was the son of the late Samuel Townsend and Elizabeth Stevenson Hughes, and was the husband of Kate Settle Hughes. He was a member of the Clinton First Baptist Church, was a minister, school teacher, college professor and Shriner. He received an Honorary Doctorate degree from the Florida Institute of Technology, and was a World War II veteran, serving as a chaplain. He received his Doctor of Ministries Degree at the age of 80 from Erskine College.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, is a son, B. Mason Hughes of Ballwin, Missouri. There are five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Recipients:

2018                            Devon Madden

2019                            Skyler Pretto

2020                            Elizabeth Bowman

Dr. V Lakshmikantham Math Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$364,435 (2021)

Year Established

1997

Purpose

Scholarship in the Mathematical Sciences Program for undergraduate maths majors and any successor programs. (GF000039)

Description

Recipients must be within the Mathematical Sciences department, selected based on need and merit by the Office of Financial Aid. If there is no student within the department the scholarship can be awarded to a student pursuing a dual major in mathematics and some other field.


History

Recipients:

1999                            Jeffery R. Boes

                                        Margaret J. Randall

2000                            Margaret J. Randall

2001                            Michele Gardiner

                                        Philip C. Huling

                                        Jeremy L. Mandelkern

2002                            Michele Gardiner

                                        Philip C. Huling

                                        Jeremy L. Mandelkern

2003                            Michele Gardiner

                                        Jeremy L. Mandelkern

                                        Grant D. Beems

2004                            Grant D. Beems

2005                            John Wesley Phillips

2006                            John Wesley Phillips

                                        Heidi F. Wolf

2007                            John Wesley Phillips

2008                            James Branam-Lefkove

                                        Dominic Lombardi

2009                            James Branam-Lefkove

                                        Dominic Lombardi Jr.

2010                            Alfonso Duarte

                                        Katrina-Mae Teano

2011                            Alfonso Duarte

                                        Brittany Niccum

2012                            Nicholas E. Moisan

                                        Mark Samson Manke

2013                            Nicholas E. Moisan

                                        Bruno Giuseppe Poggi Cevallos

                                        Mark Samson Manke

2014                            Bruno Giuseppe Poggi Cevallos

                                        Mark Samson Manke

                                        Joshua Andrew Ferriero

2015                            Mark Samson Manke

                                        Valorie Nicole Myer

                                        Joshua Andrew Ferriero

2016                            Joshua Andrew Ferriero

                                        Matthew Vernon Craven

                                        Denzel S. Williams

2017                            Denzel S. Williams

                                        Paul R. Arbic

                                        Matthew Vernon Craven

2018                            Denzel S. Williams

                                        Paul R. Arbic

2019                            Brooke Hardy

                                        Gage Herrington

                                        Vincent Povilaitis

                                        Kyle Findley

2020                            Brooke Hardy

                                        Gage Herrington

                                        Vincent Povilaitis

                                        Alex Bugielski

Dr. Walter M. Nunn, Jr. Scholarship in Electromagnetics


Type

General Endowment

Value

$43,804 (2021)

Year Established

2006

Purpose

Scholarships for Electrical Engineering students, solely in the field of Electromagnetic. (GF000033)

Description

This scholarship is administered by the Office of Financial Aid. Students must be in good standing within the university which means a C+ or better for undergraduate and a B or better for graduate students. Recipients must be studying electrical engineering solely in the Field of Electromagnetics.


History

Walter Nunn, a professor of electrical engineering arrived at Florida Tech in 1969, just more than a decade after its founding. He spent many years as a faculty member, bolstering the knowledge and touching the lives of thousands of students from his microwave laboratory and classroom in the Frueauff building.

He passed away in 2005, and his wife Hortense passed in 2017. By then they had made clear their longstanding desire to enhance the teaching and development of electrical engineering by establishing a faculty chair dedicated to advancing research and education in that critical field.

In just his second year at Florida Tech, the university gained accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, now known as ABET, a critical step in confirming its place among the leading engineering schools in the country and solidifying the discipline’s key role on campus.

“In those days, electrical engineering was the whole School of Engineering, and I comprised 25 percent of the school’s faculty, being the fourth member,” Nunn told the university’s Florida Tech Today magazine in 2003. Nunn worked for Harry Weber, who served as both head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and dean of the graduate school.

Weber supported Nunn during those early days when Nunn used some unorthodox methods to advance the university’s teaching mission. “Harry helped me start the microwave laboratory,” Nunn said, noting that the original equipment, much of it built by students, was somewhat primitive. “Of course, we didn’t have room for it inside our building, so we put it together on tables in the parking lot.”

That arrangement remained until Florida Tech founding president Jerome Keuper came by during a lab session. “The lab went back into an extremely crowded building,” Nunn said.

In spite of these humble beginnings, Nunn pointed out with justifiable pride that the electromagnetic program he helped launch in 1971 was the first Ph.D. program at Florida Tech.

Both teaching and research were vital for Nunn. While he took great pleasure in teaching, he said his principal research in computer simulation and modeling was always a high priority.

Walter and Hortense, who both grew up in Louisiana, had no children but saw the Florida Tech community as their extended family. Hortense put the university in her will in 2005 after her husband passed away.

“Walter worked at the height of his profession, both in the classroom and in the laboratory. When I went to visit him in the hospital the day before he died, he was still talking about the projects he was working on at FIT,” said Syed Murshid, a professor of electrical engineering and Walter Nunn’s colleague of 25 years. “He served as an inspiration for his colleagues in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and for faculty throughout the college. He was simply a joy.”

And Nunn’s legacy lives on.

In his commencement address in May, 2018 to the university’s spring graduates, Florida Tech Board of Trustees member Vik Verma, a successful Silicon Valley CEO, remembered his former teacher.

“One of my favorite professors was Professor Walter M. Nunn, Jr. He was a former Marine, a world-renowned professor in electro-magnetic theory and one of the toughest graders….Professor Nunn was an amazing man. He passed away a few years ago and I miss him today as does the entire Florida Tech family.”

Hortense Nunn established this Chair in Electrical Engineering through her estate gift in 2018.

Recipients:

2009                            Paul I Deffenbaugh

                                        Shadrach Anaelechi Elechi

2010                            Paul I Deffenbaugh

2011                            Siobhan Ireland

2012                            Robert Jerome Ritter

2013                            Joshua Matthew Goldfarb

2015                            John Charles Merritt

2016                            Kevin James Peavler

2017                            Yuancheng Xu

2018                            Mahmoud Saad Abouamer

2019                            Lucas Harbour

2020                            Abigail Tunnell

2021                            Abigail Tunnell

Drs. Roger And Eleyse Manley Endowed Scholarship


Type

Scholarship / Fellowship

Value

$43,189 (2021)

Year Established

2011 (amended in 2018)

Purpose

Provide music ministry scholarships for the celebration of Catholic liturgies at Florida Institute of Technology. (GF000116)

Description

Instrumentalists and vocalists are eligible to receive Music Ministry Scholarships. Interested applicants must be proficient either vocally or instrumentally. Students must be able to read music and at times sight-read music or be able to proficiently sing/play in a solo/ensemble setting. Other requirements include that the student be enrolled on the main campus of Florida Tech, be in good academic standing, and maintain at least a 2.5 GPA. Scholarships are renewable for the entire time a student is enrolled at the university. Applicants must write a one to two page application letter as to why they should be selected.

Expectation of recipients include being available to play or sing for one mass every Sunday, attending practices, being prepared for masses, arriving on time, and playing at liturgical celebration during the academic year.


History

Dr. T. Roger Manley, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, was a professor at Florida Institute of Technology for more than 30 years and served as Dean (1988-1990) and Associate Dean (1980-1988). He taught both undergraduate and graduate classes in organizational behavior, business ethics, and leadership in the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business plus conducted research on several fields such as organizational culture and change, leadership and business ethics, executive coaching and 360 degree feedback, personal values and generational conflict in the workplace, and evolving social contract between employers and employees. Additionally, he was author/co-author of numerous chapters in books, journal and magazine articles, newspaper columns and technical reports. Dr. Roger was also involved in the High School Business Ethics Competition and Leadership, in which students are asked to develop and analyze solutions to business ethics and leadership challenges. 

In 2012, Dr. Roger was made a retiring honoree for 35 years of service to the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business. He was a robust proponent of business ethics and leadership in an international environment, as remarked in his teaching, service, and studies.

Edward H. Kalajian Professorship


Type

Professorship / Research Fund

Value

$298,146 (2021)

Year Established

2017

Purpose

Create a Professorship in the College of Engineering. (GF000187 & GF000208)

Description

This Professorship is for College of Engineering and shall be awarded to one worthy recipient for a five-year term. Funds from this endowment exist in perpetuity and are managed and invested in accordance with the University's general policy and procedures governing endowed funds.  Endowed faculty professorships are crucial for recruiting and retaining the highest-quality faculty. The greatest institutions have the best minds, the most creative researchers and the most engaged teachers. Ultimately, this attracts the best students.


History

VIDEO

“Welcome to Florida Tech. How can I help you to become the best engineer that you can be?” 

This is the introduction Dr. Edward H. Kalajian’s delivered to incoming students. Dr. Kalajian taught every civil engineering student in Florida Tech’s history until his retirement. Take a moment to reflect on that declaration – the tens of thousands of alumni who are changing the world today.

Gifts from Dr. Kalajian's family, friends and former students led a campaign to establish the Edward H. Kalajian Endowed Professorship to honor his 46 years of service. 

"Being a part of FIT history in perpetuity is both humbling and inspiring. I am honored to continue to encourage and challenge the next generation of scholars," shared Dr. Kalajian.

In 1971, he joined Florida Tech to launch the ocean engineering program. Shortly afterward in 1974, he created the civil engineering department. His efforts were instrumental in the accreditation from ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology). This highly respected accreditation accelerated the Florida Tech’s recognition as a great university.

He is a true visionary. He understands the importance of student involvement outside the classroom. The ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) student chapter, National Concrete Canoe competitions, and National Student Steel Bridge competitions are thanks to him. He also founded the Civil Engineering Honor Society Chi Epsilon chapter.

Edward Kalaijan, Professor and Associate Dean at Florida Tech, obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland in 1962 and the University of Massachusetts in 1969. In 1971, he obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts.

Dr. Kalaijan started his professional career working as a Civil Engineer at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command. In 1971, he was Assistant Professor at Florida Tech and, in 1975, became Associate Professor in the Civil Engineering Department. In 1978 and 1979, he worked as Civil Engineer for the U.S. Army and as Ocean Engineer for the Harbor Branch Foundation, respectively. In 1979, Dr. Kalaijan came back to Florida Tech and worked as Associate Professor and Department Head of the Civil Engineering Department to later become the Director of the Division of Engineering Sciences (Mechanical, Civil, Chemical, and Aerospace Engineering). Since 1999, Dr. Kalaijan has been Professor of Civil Engineering and Associate Dean of College of Engineering.

Dr. Kalaijan’s honors and awards include the Walter M. Nunn Jr. Award for Teaching Excellence from the College of Engineering; the Civil Engineering Advisory Council Outstanding Service Award; Engineer of the Year, ASCE, Cape Canaveral Branch; ASCE University of Houston Student Chapter Outstanding Professor; Letter of Recommendation for Kittinger Award for Teaching, and U.S. Navy Southeast Asia Civil Service Award.

Dr. Kalaijan is a registered Professional Engineer in Florida with expertise in soil mechanics, foundation design, concrete materials, waterfront construction and waste stabilization. He is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society for Engineering Education, Chi Epsilon, and Tau Beta Pi, and also, he is a member of the advisory board of The Hinckly Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management. 

Edward W. Snowdon and Lee Hill Snowdon Fellowship


Edward Snowdon, Top-Left

Type

Scholarship / Fellowship

Value

$1,557,833 (2021)

Year Established

2000

Purpose

Award fellowships to graduate students in the Florida Tech Department of Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences. (GF000067)

Description

Recipients must be a graduate student studying under the Department of Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences. The Department Head and a committee of his faculty will select one or more fellows this year.


History

Edward W. Snowdon was born in Washington in 1910. He graduated from Western High School in Washington, DC in 1929 and from Wesleyan University in 1933.

Edward and his wife, Lee Hill (1919-1993), met in 1937 on a ship crossing the Atlantic, when Lee joined her parents on a trip to Europe after completing boarding school outside Washington D.C. At that time, Edward was working for a concert impresario and although he was based in New York City, he spent much of his time travelling through Europe discovering new talent and promoting opera stars. Lee and Edward got married in 1941 after Lee’s four years at Duke University in Plainfield.

Edward Snowdon was a captain in the US Army Signal Intelligence during World War II and participated in the D-Day invasion and the Battle of the Buldge. He was awarded the Bronze Star and two Croiz de Guerre from France for his service in the liberation. Snowdon worked for the Charles L. Wagner Opera Company and Young and Rubican in New York City until his retirement in 1972, when him and his wife Lee Hill, moved to Manalapan, Fl. Here, he was a member of the Everglades Clun and was a past Commodore of both the Manalapan Yacht Club and Key Largo Anglers Club.

Lee Hill was daughter of Marguerite Stewart and Arthur Bullock Hill, founder of Arthur B. Hill Foundation (which became the Hill-Snowdon Foundation) in 1959. She was on the foundation’s Board and was the primary decision maker for several years after her father died. When her and Edward moved to Florida, Lee did not only continue to support numerous organizations in Plainfield but also began funding Florida groups such as the Red Cross. 

Edwin A. Link Special Collections Endowment


“I never worked a day in my life. I had fun and got paid for it” – Edwin A. Link

Type

General Endowment

Value

$1,066,406 (2021)

Year Established

1998

Purpose

Support the special collections at Evans Library known as the Edwin A. Link Special Collections. (GF000146)

Description

Funds will be used at the discretion of the Dean of Evans Library; to purchase materials for the Edwin A. Link Special Collections; to provide needed resources to maintain special collections; to partially support a Link Librarian position in the Evans Library; to compensate technically gifted students to provide services that support Special Collections; and to generally strengthen the Special Collections.


History

 

Edwin A. Link was born in July 26th, 1904 in Huntington, Indiana. He was a pioneer in aviation, underwater archaeology and submersibles, and was mostly recognized for inventing the flight simulator commercialized in 1929 that trained countless pilots, including half a million airmen during World War II. 

Early in his life, Mr. Link founded his own company, Link Aviation, where he was president and board chairman until it merged with the General Precision Corporation. After that, he was president and a director of General Precision until its merger with the Singer Company of Stamford. The company, now the Link Flight Simulator Division of the Singer Company, is based in Kirkwood. 

He spent the second half of his life immersed in oceanographic exploration, creating innovative ways to explore the oceans. He designed and developed several devices to aid scientific research, including Johnson-Sea-Link Class submersibles, and they have been used to discover, observe and collect thousands of biological samples from ocean reefs, previously unknown to the marine science world.

Aside from all his professional accomplishments and advancements, in 1958, he established the Link Foundation which has awarded grants for research in aeronautics and oceanography to more than 120 universities and nonprofit organizations. 

Mr. Link passed away on September 7th, 1981. However, is still remembered by thousands of people throughout the years for all his great achievements and help. In 2018, Edwin A. Link was named inductee of the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame.

Eric J. Primavera ASCE Student Chapter Endowment


Type

General Endowment

Value

$271,144 (2021)

Year Established

2000

Purpose

Provide student competition expenses at Regional and National levels, and sending Florida Tech ASCE students to national ASCE and other pertinent Civil Engineering Society meetings. (GF000170)

Description

Funds are distributed at the discretion of the Program Chairman in Civil Engineering and/or the ASCE faculty member.


History

Eric Primavera was a gifted engineering alumnus and builder of Florida Tech’s first concrete canoe. He was not only an outstanding student during his time at Florida Tech, he was also a leader among undergraduate and graduate students.

After he received his master’s degree from Florida Tech, he moved to New York for a few years and then came back to Florida to work at Port Canaveral Company, Gee & Jensen. There, he “oversaw complex coastal engineering projects, including the design of piers for new cruise ships.”

Eric’s professional achievements include developing a 17,000-psi high-strength mix and advancing the ACI code for high strength anchor pullout through his Master’s Thesis. Additionally, in 1991, Eric and other Florida Tech students attended the ASCE Southeast Regional Competition at Mississippi State where they placed 4th in a field of more than 30 schools after Eric introduced Florida Tech’s first canoe effort.

He was married to Tina Ortiz and enjoyed teaching structural engineering courses during his free time. On April 20th, 2000, Florida Tech lost an outstanding alumnus who is remembered as “an inspiration to everyone who was fortunate enough to know him.”

F. Alan Smith Distinguished Lecture Series


Type

Lecture Fund

Value

$527,666 (2021)

Year Established

2007

Purpose

Establish a nationally significant speaker series at Florida Tech. (GF000111)

Description

The program has established a flagship speaker event that brings senior leaders to Florida Tech to share their expertise discussion national trends with students, faculty, and the broader community. The Alan Smith Lectures focus typically on topics relating to transportation.


History

F. Alan Smith obtained his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in 1951 and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business in 1953. Throughout his life, or for more than 30 years, to be more specific, he has held different leadership positions in which he has succeeded such as Executive Vice President of Finance of General Motors and President and General Manager of General Motors of Canada, Ltd. Additionally, he served on the Board of Directors of 3M Corp.

Smith has served on Florida Institute of Technology’s Board of Trustees since 1996 and, in 2007, founded the “F. Alan Smith Distinguished Lecture Series”, in which corporate executives speak to students, faculty and community leaders at Florida Tech. The lecture series include topics such as innovation in the automotive industry, self-driving cars, the Hyperloop high-speed rail, advances in ridesharing, among others.

Faculty Senate Scholarship


Type

Scholarship / Fellowship

Value

$437,949 (2021)

Year Established

1985

Purpose

Support undergraduate students. (GF000014)

Description

This scholarship is for students attending Florida Tech. There is no specified criteria, only that recipients will be designated in a round-robin queue, decided by random means by the members of the Senate Scholarship Committee. To retain the award, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and full-time student status.


History

First documented in 2004, the Faculty Senate Scholarship gives $4,500 merit scholarship to a deserving sophomore every academic year. The faculty Senate Scholarship award is distributed equally over three years. The existing endowment has come from many years of generous faculty and staff donations and, when available, matching funds from foundations. In order to give Florida Tech colleges and schools a chance to award their students the scholarship, a round robin was established.

Recipients:

2020   Gage Gosset and Julia Impagliazzo     

2021   Paola Cristina Rolla Reyes

Farmer Scholars Program At Florida Tech


Type

General Endowment

Value

$3,439,630 (2021)

Year Established

2005

Purpose

Offer a full four-year scholarship awarded annually to a Florida resident and high school graduate to assist in pursuing a degree at Florida Tech. (GF000094)

Description

Recipient must be a Florida resident freshman in good academic standing, from the top 5 percent of their high school class; qualified recipient of the State of Florida scholarship support; a student with outstanding personal character determined through references; a student with proven leadership qualitites; financial need may be considered but shall not be a requirement.


History

Phillip W. Farmer was born on August 30th, 1938 in Goldsboro, North Carolina. He attended Duke University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in 1960. His first job right after graduating from college was with General Electric, which recruited him in his senior year to join its Financial Management Program in New Jersey. There, he met his beloved wife of 56 years, Jean McDonald Farmer.

After a few years, Mr. Farmer joined Harris Corporation and worked as Vice President and General Manager of one of its Government Systems divisions in New York. In 1984, Mr. and Mrs. Farmer moved to Florida, and he held several upper level positions including Vice President of Harris’s Palm Bay operations, President of the Government Systems Sector, President of the Semiconductor Sector, Executive Vice President of Harris, President and Chief Operating Officer, and lastly, in 1995, he became Chairman, President, and CEO of Harris Corporation. He retired from this position in 2003.

Mr. Farmer was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Vulcan Material Company, George Weston, LTD, and AuthenTec, Inc.; he is past chairman of the Manufacturers Alliance, served on the Board of Governors of the Aerospace Industries Association, and was a member of the Defense Policy Advisory Committee on Trade. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors, the Health First Foundation, and the Brevard Zoo.

In 1994, he became a member of the Board of Trustees at Florida Tech, where, because of his work, a residence hall (Farmer Hall) was built and named in his honor. Additionally, his personal commitment to the success of the students at Florida Tech was demonstrated by funding a $1.5 million endowment to create the Farmer Scholars Program, which provides a full, four-year scholarship awarded annually to a Florida resident who demonstrates outstanding academic performance and personal character.

Aside from his professional life and achievements, Mr. Farmer loved spending time his wife, three children and eight grandchildren. He enjoyed sports, reading, and automobiles. After his retirement, he and his wife Jean, travelled the world and shared some of these experiences with friends and family.

Mr. Farmer passed away on October 28th, 2018, at the age of 80, leaving behind a great legacy. “Without Phil Farmer, Florida Tech would undoubtedly be a lesser institution, and the many, many students whose lives he influenced would not be making their mark in the world today. He made those around him better, which is the truest form of leadership, and his vision for Florida Tech, motivated by an unwavering belief that we were an outstanding university that could be truly exceptional, motivated all of us to strive for excellence,” where some of the words from Dwayne McCay, Florida Tech President.

Over his lifetime, Phil Farmer contributed over $12 million to Florida Tech.

Recipients

2009Andrew Hernandez

2010Kimberly Day

2011Jacob Dufault

2012Brayden Thompson

2013Benjamin Yue

2014Alex Robertson

2015Emily Hazen

2016Daniel Griessler

2017Camara Lyn Casson

2018Travis Rembrandt

2019Madison Rooth

2020Emily Simpson

2021Andrew Traficante

Father Douglas F. Bailey, S.D.S., Endowment to Support Catholic Campus Ministry


Type

General Endowment

Value

$2,029,715 (2021)

Year Established

1998

Purpose

Support Catholic Campus Minister. (GF000161)

Description

Funds will be dispersed at the discretion of the Campus Minister, they may be used to pay expenses related to Catholic Campus Ministry.


History

Father Douglas Bailey is the Florida Tech Catholic Campus Minister and University Chaplain. His role and responsibilities as a Catholic Priest of the Florida Tech campus has been going on for more than 30 years. Fr. Douglas is not only a spiritual advisor to students, he is also an instructor and teaches classes such as World Religion and BioEthics. He holds daily masses, Bible study once per week, Rosary, and other activities such as Spaghetti Dinner for Students.

Father Doug studied philosophy in college and earned his Master’s in religious studies. He was ordained in 1976.

FIT Equipment Replacement Fund


Type

General Endowment

Value

$67,336 (2021)

Year Established

1987

Purpose

Equipment replacement. (GF000144)

Description

This is used at the discretion of the President or Provost.


History

Flag Officers Leadership ROTC Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$42,974 (2021)

Year Established

2003

Purpose

Award tuition scholarships to undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll in Florida Tech who are participating or planning to participate in the ROTC program. (GF000080)

Description

Recipient will be chosen by the Office of Financial Aid. Recipient must be a U.S. citizen who is recommended by the ROTC program; participate in the ROTC program; demonstrate good character; no conscientious objection to military service; willing to sign a loyalty oath to the U.S. Constitution; honorable discharge if prior military service; must remain in good academic standing. 


History

Florida Tech Alumni Association Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$362,920 (2021)

Year Established

2002

Purpose

Financial Aid for undergraduate and first-year graduate students. (GF000061)

Description

Recipients are selected by the Office of Financial Aid in consultation with Alumni Association Board. Recipients must be undergraduate of first-year graduate students who are FIT alumni or children of FIT alumni.


History

Since Florida Institute of Technology was established in 1958, more than 60,000 students have graduated from our university. Our alumni live in all 50 states and in every country. They include a wide variety of professionals in engineering, science, business, aviation, psychology, communication and the humanities.

The goal of Florida Tech's Alumni Association is to promote a lifelong relationship of mutual benefits and support for both the university and its alumni. All students who graduate from Florida Tech (or have the equivalent of one year of completed course work) are eligible for membership.

Francis O. Blume III Endowed ROTC Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$187,272 (2021)

Year Established

2003

Purpose

Scholarships for deserving U.S. citizens who are ROTC students. (GF000078)

Description

Recipient is chosen by the Office of Financial Aid. Recipient must be a U.S. citizen who is not a conscientious objector; must demonstrate good character and be motivated by a strong patriotic allegiance; must be a participant in ROTC program; if there is military history must have been honorably discharged must be a full-time student; must be in good academic standing. Preference is given to renewing to the same student. 


History

Friends of the Evans Library Endowment


Type

General Endowment

Value

$186,280 (2021)

Year Established

1997

Purpose

Provide resources for the library and information resources and to keep those resources the most modern available worldwide. (GF000147)

Description

Funds are used at the discretion of the Director of Evans Library to purchase books, journals, publications, and other resources; to provide instructional and research resources; to compensate students to provide services that support the purpose of endowment; to provide technological and electronic linkage and interactice connections to information resources worldwide.


History

George & Carole Maul Family Scholar Award in Oceanology


Dr. George A. Maul (center) honored as the 2016 Florida Academy of Sciences Medalist. On the left is Academy Secretary Dr. David Karlen and on the right is Academy President Dr. Jeremy Montague.

Type

Scholarship / Fellowship

Value

$121,063 (2021)

Year Established

2014

Purpose

Supports tuition/fees for OEMS summer field studies courses. Rising seniors in the College of Engineering and Science, Dept. of Ocean Eng. and Marine Sci., taking an OEMS summer field studies course are eligible; pref. to students w/ fin. need. (GF000213)

Description

Eligibility: Award is available to rising seniors in the Department of Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences (OEMS) taking an OEMS summer semester field studies course in Oceanology (Oceanography, Marine Biology, Ocean Engineering, Environmental Science, Marine Conservation, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Meteorology, Coastal Zone Management, or Sustainability). Summer field studies in oceanology include but are not limited to: seagoing cruise on an oceanographic research vessel, field data collection and laboratory analysis of environmental variables, computer modeling of biogeochemical transformation, advanced forecasting of weather and climate, and impacts of global change on local communities.

Maul Scholar Application


History

George A. Maul, professor emeritus of Oceanography at Florida Institute of Technology, graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1956, earned a bachelor of science degree in Marine Transportation from the State University of New York Maritime College and was granted a U.S. Merchant Marine Officer’s license in 1960, and earned his Ph.D. in physical oceanography from the University of Miami in 1974.

From 1994 through 2014, Maul served as head of the Department of Marine and Environmental Systems at Florida Tech, where he created the undergraduate and graduate meteorology programs and the graduate earth remote sensing program. Before this position, in 1960-1969, he held ranks from Ensign through Lieutenant Commander in the commissioned officer corps of the US Coast and Geodetic Survey and served as Operations Officer aboard the USC&GS Ship Discoverer. From 1969 to 1984, Maul was a Research Oceanographer at the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory in Miami. Then, from 1984 to 1994, he was a Supervisory Oceanographer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), where he earned 5 Outstanding Performance Awards and 3 Distinguished Authorship Awards. He’s been Chief Scientist on numerous oceanographic cruises and has published more than 200 journal articles, book chapters, guest editorials, technical reports, and refereed abstracts, and eight books on oceanography and meteorology.

Additionally, Maul is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society, the Marine Technology Society, and the Florida Academy of Sciences. During 1989-1995, he served as Vice Chairman of the Subcommission for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (IOCARIBE) of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO and as Founding Chairman of the IOCARIBE Group of Experts on Ocean Processes and Climate, and the IOCARIBE Tsunami Steering Group of Experts. He was Co-Director of the International Symposia on Marine Positioning, past member of the IOC Group of Experts on the global seal level observing system, chaired the United Nations Environment Programme / Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Joint Task Team on Climatic Changes in the Wider Caribbean Region, and served on the editorial boards of Marine Geodesy, Remote Sensing of Environment, and the Journal of Earth System Science Education.

Maul’s awards and recognitions include College of Engineering Teacher of the Year by the Florida Tech Student Government in 1997, US President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2010, College of Engineering Faculty Excellence Award for Service in 2012 and Faculty Senate Excellence Award for Service in 2015. Maul was also elected a Fellow of the Marine Technology Society in 1999; a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society in 2003; elected to Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Beta Delta, Sigma Xi, and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi; and was given the singular honor of being named the 2016 Florida Academy of Sciences Medalist.

George Jenkins Memorial Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$1,050,788 (2021)

Year Established

1996

Purpose

For undergraduate students.  (GF000005)

Description

This scholarship is administed by the Office of Financial Aid to full-time undergraduate students in need of financial assistance, with demonstrated academic excellence. Preference is given to renewing with the same student.


History

Mr. George W. Jenkins Jr. was once asked how much he'd be worth if he had not given so much away.  His response: "probably nothing."

George was born September 29, 1907 in Warm Springs. Georgia. He was one of eight children and at the age of 12, he started working at his father's store which sold everything from coffins to collar buttons. Following his family's move to Atlanta he attended Georgia Tech and briefly studied Electrical Engineering although he never finished. Instead, he took up odd jobs such as driving a cab, selling candy, and working as a clerk at Piggly Wiggly where he was eventually promoted to manager in St. Petersburg as a result of his long hours and hard work.

After the collapse of the Florida econcomic boom, the store failed and Mr. Jenkins used the $1,300 he had saved to get a new car and open his own store. In 1930, the corporation known as Publix Food Store Inc. was formed. He innovated the supermarket experience by including electric doors which opened automatically, florescent lighting, air conditioning and frozen food holders. His design using glass and marble mavel with stucco exterior was extremrely rare at that time hence it was a phenomenon in supermarket history. In addition, Publix Food also started testing debit card use in 1984 so customers could pay for products via bank cards.

George W. Jenkins passed in 1996 at the age of 88. In his memory, a scholarship for undergraduate students was established at Florida Tech.

 

Gertrude E. Skelly Fellowship


Type

Scholarship / Fellowship

Value

$980,601 (2021)

Year Established

1998

Purpose

Create fellowships for students within the Department of Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences. (GF000049)

Description

A committee of Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences faculty will select the best candidate for the fellowship.


History

Gertrude E. Skelly was born on November 4th, 1918 in Wilmington, Delaware. She was a US Navy auxiliary, also known as WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), during World War II and that is when her interest for the nursing profession began. She attended schools in Delaware and Connecticut and graduate from Finch College in New York City. 

She established The Gertrude E. Skelly Charitable Foundation in 1991 to provide medical care and educational opportunities for those who cannot otherwise afford them. It was also her wish to continue in the tradition of her parents who had strong interest in education, medicine, and health care. Mrs. Skelly died on June 22nd, 1995 when she was 76 years old in Palm Beach County, leaving her legacy and meaningful charitable foundation. Mr. Erik Joh, lead trustee for the Gertrude E. Skelly Foundation, is committed to carrying forth her legacy for years to come. 

The foundation’s primary mission is to provide educational opportunities, mainly at colleges and universities, and needed medical care who are unable to afford them. All grants must affect multiple individuals and meet some educational, medical or emergency need. 

Gronfeldt-Strother Endowed Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$40,249 (2021)

Year Established

2016

Purpose

Provide financial support for a student of students in an academic year. (GF000191)

Description

Student must be in good academic standing.

Award Criteria A - The recipient must be either an undergraduate or graduate student in one of the Communications programs, or a student in the FastTrack program for M.S. in Global Strategic Communications;

  • Must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA at the end of semester;
  • Must complete application essay;
  • Must be registered for at least one of the communications courses offered as part of the Study Abroad Program.
  • Recipient must give a public presentation during fall semester.

Award Criteria B - The recipient must be a citizen of Iceland. May be a current or incoming student, or an exchange student. This scholarship as it pertains to Icelandic students, is not restricted to any one academic program.


History

H. Seeley and Ruth E. Funk Fund for the Textile Arts


Type

Other Fund

Value

$44,804 (2021)

Year Established

2006

Purpose

To construct and support an art gallery for fiber and textiles on the Florida Tech campus. (GF000159)

Description


History

On April 5th, 2004, H. Seeley And Ruth E. Funk established a joint commitment to the Florida Tech textile program with a gift of $250,000. Through their contribution, the University developed the program ultimately constructing a textile and fiber arts gallery and exhibition space. The exhibition space housed permanent textile and fiber arts as well as serving to catalog and process items in this collection.
 
Ruth Funk was a lover of the Fine Arts and education. Funk taught in fine arts, published two books, served as a director of interior design, and was part owner of an art gallery. Her involvement with FIT helped to pioneer the textile exhibition space and further the art community.

Ruth was survived by her daughter Susan Bayly and son in law Ed Bayly of Melbourne, Fl and her son Richard Seeley Funk of Albany, NY.

Harbor City Volunteer Ambulance Squad Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$75,203 (2021)

Year Established

2000

Purpose

Provide support for undergraduate student in the College of Aeronautics. (GF000063)

Description

This scholarship is awarded at the discretion of the Director of Financial Aid.


History

Health First Endowed Chair In Community Health Management


Type

Faculty Chair

Value

$1,844,284 (2021)

Year Established

1999

Purpose

Offer a professorship that will be involved in teaching, research, and innovative community health care delivery design. (GF000107)

Description

Professorship is academically assigned to the College of Psychology and Liberal Arts. 


History

Founded in 1995, Health First was founded and became Central Florida's only fully integrated delivery network (IDN). As of this history, Health First operated four hospitals: Health First's Cape Canaveral Hospital (opened in 1962), Holmes Regional Medical Center (opened as Brevard Hospital in 1937 and serving as Brevard County's only Trauma Center), Palm Bay Hospital (opened in 1992) and Viera Hospital (opened in 2011) and is home to Brevard County's only Level II Trauma Center. Health First Medical Group is the largest multi-specialty physician group on the Space Coast. Health First also offers numerous outpatient and wellness services, including Health First Aging Services, three Health First Pro-Health & Fitness Centers, Home Care and Hospice of Health First.

Past Chairs

2003-2006 Dr. Julie Siciliano 

2008-2011 Dr. Kristi Sands Van Sickle 

2017-Present Dr. Vida Tyc

Henry L. and Grace Doherty Visiting Professorship


Type

Professorship / Research Fund

Value

$1,294,115 (2021)

Year Established

1999

Purpose

Funds will allow for visiting professorships within the Department of Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences. (GF000106)

Description

The occupant of this chair would be chosen for their interdisciplinary accomplishments that would benefit not only the Department of Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences, but the entire Florida Tech community. Contract typically associated with one-year visit and in exceptional circumstances, a one-year extension.


History

Henry Latham Doherty was born in May 15th, 1870 in Columbus, Ohio. He was a leader in the oil industry, president and co-founder of the Cities Service Company- which later became CITGO Petroleum Corporation, and philanthropist.

When he was only 12 years old, Doherty was hired by Columbus Gas Company and worked his way up to become the Chief Engineer at the age of 20. Later, Doherty became acting president and treasurer of the Denver Gas & Electric Company. In 1905, he started Henry L. Doherty & Co., a company that provided technical and financial consulting services to utility companies, and five years later, he had begun Cities Service Company. Additionally, in 1916, he established the Doherty Energy Research Laboratory Co. (DORELCO) in Oklahoma.

Doherty was recognized and awarded several times for his contributions to the development of scientific methodology in the petroleum industry. Correspondingly, he was awarded the Franklin Institute’s Walton Clark Medal in 1931 and, in 1969, Columbia University added his name to the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

Doherty met Mrs. Grace Eames in New York, NY, got married in 1928 and adopted her daughter from a previous marriage. Henry Doherty died in December 26th, 1939. However, The Henry L. and Grace Doherty Charitable Foundation, located in New York, NY, primary promotes the marine science and education, and assists institutions engaged in oceanographic activities. 

2000                 Dr. Anne C. Steinmann

2001                 Dr. Joseph A. Angelo

2002                 Dr. Stefan M. Groghowalski

2003                 Dr. Michael Hartnett

2004                 Ms. Diane D. Barile

2004                 Mr. Frank R. Leslie

2004                 Mr. Michael E. Splitt

2005                 Dr. In-Young Gong

2006                 Dr. Christopher Waldmann

2007                 Dr. Kenyon C. Lindeman

2008                 Dr. Martha F. Wolfe

2009                 Dr. Ronnal P. Reichard

2011–12           Mr. Christopher Combs

2013–14           Mr. Carlton R. Parks

2014–15           Ms. Leesa Souto

2016–17           Dr. Claudia Listopad

2017–18           Dr. John “Travis” Hunsucker

2018–19           Dr. Jeffry Eble

2019                 Dr. Christopher Collimore

2020–21           Mr. Joel Tumbiolo

 

Henry Paul Clausen Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$129,295 (2021)

Year Established

1997

Purpose

Scholarships for students enrolled at Florida Tech. (GF000152)

Description

This scholarship is administered by the Office of Financial Aid.


History

Herman Kessler Moore, M.D. Memorial Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$149,859 (2021)

Year Established

2000

Purpose

Scholarships for undergraduate students majoring in the Life Sciences. (GF000060)

Description

Students must demonstrate financial need and be in good academic standing within the Life Sciences department.


History

Dr. Richard B. Moore, Cardiologist, obtained his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine in Florida. He finished his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and his fellowship training at Loyola University Medical Center. His board certifications include Nuclear Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease, and Internal Medicine.

Dr. Richard B. Moore established an endowed scholarship in the name of Dr. Herman K. Moore. Dr. Herman Moore was born in Macon, Georgia and attended medical school at the College of Georgia. He served in World War II as a Navy Medical Officer and practiced medicine for more than 40 years in Key West. After his retirement, he wrote more than 400 columns for The Key West Citizen which included medical history and advances and opinion on different topics.

Recipients:

2019     Jacob Kaplan

2020     Jacob Kaplan 

2021     Jacob Kaplan

                 Celine Gillis

Holzer-Lequear Endowment


Type

Professorship / Research Fund

Value

$109,114 (2021)

Year Established

1984

Purpose

Support Medical Genetic Research; if this ceases to be appropriate then used to promote research and teaching in molecular biology. (GF000114)

Description

Based on proposal from the Director of the Medical Genetics Labratory; final approval by trustee.


History

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Dr. Oswald A. Holzer, or “Bubba”, as he was more commonly known, was born in 1911 in Benesov, Czechoslovakia. He was a physician who fled to China during the German Invasion at the outbreak of World War II and worked at the Rockefeller Endowed Peking Union Medical College. Bubba obtained his medical degree from Charles University in Prague, Czechoslovakia and completed his medical internship and residency in the United States. After this was done, the Wartime Office of Procurement and Assignment for Physician assigned him to American oil fields in Peru and Ecuador.

In 1948, he started working at Florida State Hospital and, in 1952, he went into private practice in Melbourne and, at the same time, became the seventh member of the old Brevard hospital staff (now Holmes Regional Medical Center). There, he was part of the staff in an honorary and emeritus position until his death in 2000. In 1974, he retired and founded the Student Health Services at Florida Institute of Technology. The clinic was named in his honor after Dr. Holzer donated his salary to the University for 10 years and, in 1985, was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree by Florida Tech.

Along with an outstanding career, Dr. Holzer was also an honorary member of the International College of Surgeons and Southeastern College of Surgeons; member of East-minster Presbyterian Church, the Brevard County Medical Society and Florida Medical Association; Commodore of the Eau Gallie Yacht Club; and a former Melbourne Chamber of Commerce education committee chairman, plus he served on the boards of the Brevard Mental Health Center and was Vice President of Trinity Towers.

Ruth Alice “Chick” (nee Lequear) Holzer, Dr. Holzer’s beloved wife, was a teacher who had been born and raised in China by missionary parents. She graduated from Bridgewater College in Virginia and was an active member of Eastminster Presbyterian Church, where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday school and served as President of Women of the Church. Chick co-founded the choir and was named a lifetime and Woman of the year and, in addition, was president of the Brevard Hospital Auxiliary and Brevard County Hospital Auxiliary, and Lifetime member of the American Association of University Women. Chick and Bubba raised three children, Tom, Pat (Holm), and Joanie (Schirm), to value community involvement for the common good.

Dr. and Mrs. Holzer met in China and got married in Beijing, China in 1940. That same year, with the increasing occupation in China by Japan, they moved to the United States and to Melbourne, Florida in 1952, where they found a home until their dead in 2000. Bubba Holzer passed away at the age of 88, two days after his beloved wife Chick’s passing at the age of 83. 

Bubba and Chick are remembered by everyone who knew them and those whom they helped. Oswald Holzer was a remarkable man who had a special passion for helping young people and whose conductor’s imperative advice was “keep moving.”  The Jewish army officer who had the nerve to publicly criticize the Nazis thugs, did “keep moving” after the Czech army’s break off. He kept moving across Europe to Egypt, Yemen, Djibouti, Singapore, Shanghai, China, Peru, Ecuador, and, finally, Melbourne.

Hydro Aluminum Corporation College Of Engineering Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$192,554 (2021)

Year Established

1998

Purpose

Scholarships for undergraduate students within the College of Engineering. (GF000042)

Description

This scholarship is administered by the Office of Financial Aid for students enrolled in the College of Engineering with preference of pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Recipients must be full-time students who show merit and financial need. Preference will be given to renew the current holder. If there is no current holder, it will be availbale to new applicants and the company will announce it to the employees of Hydro Aluminum.


History

In March 1998 a donation of $60,000 from Hydro-Aluminum was made to create the endowment “Hydro Aluminum Corporation COE Scholarship Fund”. The gift was matched by the F.W. Olin Foundation totaling an amount of $120,000. The fund has been used to support students enrolled in the College of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering preference).

Recipients:

1999                            Amelia Ruth Chadwick

                                        Thomas C. Wann

2000                            Amelia Ruth Chadwick

                                        Thomas C. Wann

2001                            Curtis R. Biram

                                        Matthew J. Bolyard

                                        Kyle E. Upwood

2002                            Matthew J. Bolyard

                                        Kyle E. Upwood

2003                            Matthew J. Bolyard

2004                            Christopher S. Warner

2005                            Brian Robert Gall

2006                            Amanda K. Rohrbach

2007                            Amanda K. Rohrbach

2008                            Amanda K. Rohrbach

2009                            Mario L. Lento

                                        Aaron Macy

2010                            Aaron P. Macy

                                        Mario Louis Lento

2011                            Aaron P. Macy

                                        Mario Louis Lento

2012                            Aaron P. Macy

                                        Mario Louis Lento

                                        Dalton Atto Leach

2013                            Joseph Anthony Franzese

                                        Zachary James Litsch

2014                            Tyler J. Farnsworth

                                        Zachary James Litsch

2015                            Tyler J. Farnsworth

                                        Zachary James Litsch

2016                            Tyler J. Farnsworth

                                        Zachary James Litsch

2017                            Tyler J. Farnsworth

                                        Timothy Jacob Sawchuk

                                        Shane Logan-Ray McConkey

2018                            Timothy Jacob Sawchuk

                                        Shane Logan-Ray McConkey

                                        Federico Giovine

2019                            William Brooks

                                        Federico Giovine

                                        Caroline Bless

2020                            David Daughenbaugh

                                        Caroline Bless

                                        Aleksander Sorok

2021                            David Daughenbaugh

                                        Aleksander Sorok 

Indiafest Brevard Scholarship Endowment


Type

General Endowment

Value

$167,750 (2021)

Year Established

2011

Purpose

Provide financial support for a Brevard Community College (BCC) graduate to transfer to Florida Tech. (GF000100)

Description

Students must have filed their FAFSA; must be in good academic standing; a graduate of BCC; a proven history of community involvement and volunteering; residents from Brevard County are eligible. If the candidate meets all other criteria except residency, Central Florida residents from the following counties will be considered: Volusia, Osceola, Orange, Seminole, Indian River, and Polk. Preference given to renewal to the same student in subsequent semesters.


History

Indiafest started in the 1990’s as a celebration of India’s rich culture and traditions. Indiafest is a symbol of cultural enrichment in Brevard County and is celebrated with great enthusiasm. This well-run festival has a fresh and new look year after year. A different theme is presented each year showing the unique aspects of India’s culture, history and traditions.

Indiafest is a fun family festival that brings focus and a sharing of Indian culture in Brevard County.

An admirable factor of this festival is its commitment to community service with a purpose of cultural enlightenment. Indiafest is a volunteer run, non-profit, cultural organization, known for its charitable efforts, supporting over $1 million for a variety of charitable causes including Florida Tech.

Other beneficiaries have included: Haitian earthquake relief, Florida hurricane relief, early intervention programs, Daily Bread, Serene Harbor, Crosswinds, the Cancer Care Center, and Sentinels of Freedom – Veterans Re-Training Program as well as The Children’s Hunger Project, Promise in Brevard, Habitat for Humanity, and Shriners of Brevard.

In 2011 Indiafest established an Endowment Scholarship at Florida Tech for a Brevard student and in 2020 named the Panther Dining Atrium with a gift that provided emergency loan support for students.

Indiafest offers something of interest for everyone, from hands on activities for the youths, to shopping for adults, to mouth-watering Indian cuisine, yoga demonstrations, and all day entertainment.  The stage comes alive with performances by local artistes dancing to traditional folk, classical, and modern Indian music while the fashion show is a highlight of the day.

The grounds buzz with vendors selling jewelry, rich colorful ethnic garments, arts and crafts, music and videos. Participants enjoy temporary body art of exotic Henna designs while the aroma of the tantalizing flavors of food being prepared, entice the taste buds.

Today, as technology make the world smaller and more accessible, assimilation of the different cultures is very real and the need to appreciate each other is ever more apparent.

At Indiafest visitors take back a part of India’s rich cultural heritage – be it arts and crafts, food, jewelry, music, dance, or clothes.

Recipients:

2019   Isabel Cordero Mendez and Thomas Dunham

2020   Isabel Cordero Mendez, Thomas Dunham, and Jacob Smith

2021   Thomas Dunham and Jacob Smith

Intercollegiate Rowing Program Endowment


Type

General Endowment

Value

$378,001 (2021)

Year Established

1998

Purpose

Benefit the students and coaches who participate in the College's Intercollegiate Rowing Program. (GF000168)

Description

No specified award criteria except that the fund could be used by the faculty members who coach the students and could be used to purchase necessary equipment for the sport.


History

International Aerospace Lighting Conference (IALC) Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$61,499 (2021)

Year Established

2002

Purpose

Provide one or more scholarships to undergraduate students. (GF000074)

Description

Recipient will be chosen by the Office of Financial Aid. Recipient must be a full-time student preference given to students enrolled in engineering or physical sciences must remain in good academic standing based on need and merit; preference to renewal with the same student. 


History

Recipients:

2019    Sean Bettinger

2020    Sean Bettinger

2021    Jacob Mesley

J.V. and A.R. Lopez Endowment Scholarship Fund


Type

General Endowment

Value

$155,845 (2021)

Year Established

2014

Purpose

Provide financial support for a student working towards a degree in Oceanography, Environmental Science, and Ocean Engineering. (GF000154)

Description

Students must have filed a FAFSA with the Florida Tech Office of Financial Aid, which proves financial need. Students must be in good academic standing. Preference given to students working towards a degree in Oceanography, Environmental Science, and Ocean Engineering. Preference given to Latino students.


History

Recipients:

2020                            Alicia Perez Vargas

2021                            Alicia Perez Vargas

Jack and Pat Pruitt Endowment


Type

General Endowment

Value

$228,813 (2021)

Year Established

2007

Purpose

Funds are to be used where the need is greatest as deemed by the University's president. (GF000004)

Description

Proceeds from this endowment are unrestricted and will be available to the University's president to use where the need is greatest.


History

James Constantine Endowment for the School of Aeronautics


Type

General Endowment

Value

$285,752 (2021)

Year Established

1980

Purpose

Support the College of Aeronautics. (GF000123)

Description

This endowment was created in order to support the College of Aeronautics.


History

James G. Kennedy Sr. Library Endowment


Type

General Endowment

Value

$366,184 (2021)

Year Established

1998

Purpose

Support Evans Library resources in the fields of engineering and business. (GF000423)

Description

Funds are used for building print resource collections in engineering, engineering management, information sciences and business, provide students with work opportunitites in system design and information management.


History

James G. Kennedy, was the founder, president, and chairman of James G. Kennedy & Company, Inc. in New York City.

James was born in 1907 in Harlem, New York City, both of his parents were immigrants from Ireland. He attended Townsend Harris High School and graduated in three years. He attended the Mechanical Institute in New York City.

After several years as a plasterer, James Gerard Kennedy founded James G. Kennedy & Co., Inc. in 1935. After serving his country as a highly-decorated World War II veteran with the Army Corps of Engineers, his first significant project involved a major renovation for Bankers Trust company at 14 Wall Street. The Kennedy Company has since done multiple major renovations for the same client for over 60 years.

A landmark project in the company's history was actually made into a motion picture by the New York Telephone Company. The film was titled ''The Miracle of Second Avenue.'' It told the story of how ''Ma Bells'' main switching center, devastated by fire, was restored to 100% working order in record time-with the help of James G. Kennedy & Co., Inc. under the leadership of its President, James G. Kennedy, Sr.

Mr. Kennedy's career has been marked by ongoing involvement in industry, civic and religious activities. He has served as the President of The Building Contractors Association of the City of New York, and has been a Committee Member and a member of the Board of Directors of the BCA. Mr. Kennedy also helped to maintain the integrity of the famous Heisman Trophy when he served as a Governor of the Downtown Athletic Club, home of the Heisman Trophy, in New York City. As Chairman of the Executive Council of the American Irish Historical Society, he was responsible for the reconstruction of the entire Fifth Avenue headquarters of the Society. Mr. Kennedy has been honored by The American Jewish Committee as ''Man of The Year,'' and in 1989 he was honored by The Dominican Academy as ''A Catholic Gentleman'' for his generosity in constructing the James G. Kennedy Science Center at the school. Mr. Kennedy is also a Knight of Malta.

James G. Potter Scholarships for Physics Students


Type

General Endowment

Value

$100,559 (2021)

Year Established

1999

Purpose

Scholarships for physics students. (GF000069)

Description

This scholarship is administered by the Office of Financial Aid. Recipients must be a student within the physics department.


History

James G. Potter was born on April 2nd, 1907, in Manhattan, Kansas. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Princeton in 1927, MS from New York University in 1931, and PhD from Yale in 1939, all of them in physics. His professional career started at the Naval Research Laboratories and continued at Armour Institute of Technology (now the Illinois Institute of Technology) as an instructor and assistant professor. He also served at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology as a professor and head of the department of physics. From 1945 to 1966, he was a staff physicist at Bell Labs and served as a professor and head of the physics department at Texas A&M University, and in 1967, he was assistant dean for student resources there.

Potter moved to Florida Institute of Technology in 1967 and helped build the physics department. He was a professor and head of department until 1972, and continued as a professor until 1987, when he became professor emeritus. Moreover, Potter founded, guided, and supported the local chapter of the Society for Physics Students and continued to operate the physics laboratories and train graduate student assistants as instructors.

James Potter was fully active in the Florida Tech physics department until a few months before his death on October 21st, 1993. 

Recipients:

2019  Maria Fernanda Galvez Gonzalez

2020  Maria Fernanda Galvez Gonzalez

2021  Christopher Rowell

Jane Gleason Madry Library Endowment


Type

General Endowment

Value

$81,623 (2021)

Year Established

2002

Purpose

Support the Evans Library. (GF000148)

Description

Funds are used at the discretion of the Director of Evans Library to purchase books, journals, publications and other information resources; to provide insturctional and research resources; to compensate students to provide services that support the purpose of endowment; to provide technological and electronic linkage and interactive connections to information and resources worldwide.


History

Jane Carey Gleason graduated from Duke University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Government in 1980, and from Florida Tech with an MBA in 1989. Her professional career started as Director of Community Relations at Holmes Regional Medical Center; then she continued her career at Florida Institute of Technology where she worked as Director of Community and Government Relations, Associate Vice President for Advancement and Community Relations, and Associate Vice President for Development and Community Relations; in 2012, she started her own consulting firm “Carey Gleason Consulting” where she was working in different roles such as public relations, marketing, development, strategic planning, etc.; in 2014, she became the Executive Director of Bridges Foundation; and in May 2019, she started working at Habitat for Humanity of Brevard as Vice President Development and Marketing.

Jane started the “Jane Gleason Madry Library Endowment” in honor of her aunt, Jane Gleason Madry, who passed away on August 18th, 2015. She was also a graduate of Duke University and a member of the AAUW (American Association of University Women). She volunteered and was a member of the Jr. League of South Brevard, Space Coast Science Center, Aid for the Arts, Brevard Art Center and Museum and EGYC.

Jeff Simonds Memorial Scholarship Fund


Type

General Endowment

Value

$56,032 (2021)

Year Established

2011

Purpose

Offer scholarships to students during the summer semesters for field sources within the Department of Biological Sciences. (GF000209)

Description

Recipient must generally be enrolled during the spring semester prior to summer field program. Student must be enrolled in the College of Science. Scholarships will only be awarded when summer field programs occue. Preference is given to students majoring in Biological Sciences. Up to three students may be awarded.


History

Jeffrey Daniel Simonds was born in April 24th, 1978 in Marathon, Florida. He attended C.W. Baker High School in Baldwinsville, New York, and he double majored and obtained his bachelor’s degree in marine biology and ecology from Florida Institute of Technology in 2000. During his time in Florida Tech, Simonds was an active member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. Moreover, Simonds worked for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in Marathon, Florida, as a marine biologist.

His hobbies included scuba diving and fishing. “He loved to tinker on his ‘arrest-me-red” Camaro and to hike in the Adirondacks when he visited Baldwinsville”, his family said.

Jeffrey Simonds died in February 18th, 2010, at the age of 31.

Jeffery Allen Dimond Memorial Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$108,128 (2021)

Year Established

1990

Purpose

Aviation scholarship in memory of Jefferey Allen Dimond. (GF000027)

Description

The College of Aeronautics selects the recipient of this scholarship. Recipients must be a deserving flight student enrolled in the College of Aeronautics.


History

In February, 1990, Jeffrey Allen Dimond, son of Dr. Keith and Ms. Julie Dimond, was a freshman at Florida Tech majoring in Aviation Management and Flight Technology. On the morning of February 3rd, during a cross-country flight, he followed all FAA regulations to land his aircraft at the Sebastian Municipal Airport. His plane was struck from behind on final approach by another plane resulting in his death. Medical Associates of Savannah created the endowment in memory of Jeffrey. His mother, Julie Dimond is grateful to learn of the recipients each year.

Recipients:

1992                            Drew J. Genneken

1993                           

1994                            Jonathan M. Holden

                                        Ashish J. Solanki

                                        Roderick Wingard

1995                           

1996                            Johan Eloian

                                        Daniel C. Seluk

                                        Jerome J. Eyquem

                                        Justin Houck

1997                            Mark W. Shea

1998                            Susan Mary Lockwood

1999                            Daniel C. Allen

                                        Mark J. Lewin

2000                            Jeff Allan Lloyd

                                        Ricardo Antonio Pazmino

2001                            Samir M. Ahmed

                                        Dennis Eric Brandt

                                        Mishael P Hinds

2002                            Wayneroy Martin Rougier

                                        Troy Ricardo Weekes

                                        Ryan Michael Sebek

2003                            Brian C. Holmgren

                                        Ryan P. Holmgren

                                        Jack Sabba

2004                            Jannel Dickens

2005                            Nikisha S. Dottin

                                        Christopher L. Perry

2006                            Laura D.E. Feja

                                        Robin Marie Ruhl

2007                            Robin Marie Ruhl

2008                            Craig Henegar

2009                            Brendan Barriere

                                        Lenka Cipova

2010                            Nicholas Blouin

                                        Marissa Weselak

2011                            William Wing

2012                            Gregory Alan Poulin

                                        Jesaiah Edward Feltus

2013                            Gregory Alan Poulin

                                        John Paul Eligio

2014                            Nathanial Ronald Stewart

                                        Matthew Joseph McGill

2015                            James H Gliem

2016                            James H Gliem

2017                            Ryan J McMaster

2018                            Ryan J McMaster

2019                            Mark Komaromi

                                        Kenley Ryan

2020                            Sydney Coughlin

2021                            Isaiah Peyton

JoAnn H. Morgan Women in Engineering Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$132,515 (2021)

Year Established

2011

Purpose

Scholarships for female students within the College of Engineering. (GF000101)

Description

Recipients must be undergraduate female students in good academic standing maintaining a 3.0 GPA. First priority given to residents of Brevard, Volusia, of Osceola counties. Next priority give to Florida resident. Third priority to U.S. citizen. Qualified recipient of scholarships support who has filed for financial assistance. Preference may be given to a student with greater financial need.


History

At age 17, JoAnn H. Morgan, while obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from Jacksonville State University, worked during the summers as a University of Florida trainee for the Army at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.  This program then rolled into the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, also known as NASA. Morgan became an employee there and worked on the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs.

She was the first NASA woman to win a Sloan Fellowship, which she used to earn a Master of Science degree in management from Stanford University. When she came back to NASA, she became a divisions chief of the Computer Systems division. After that, Morgan was successful in several other roles such as deputy of Expendable Launch Vehicle, director of Payload Projects Management and director of Safety and Mission Assurance. She was one of the last two people who verified the space shuttle was ready to launch and the first woman at Kennedy Space Center to serve in an executive position, associate director of the center. During her career, she was the first woman to hold any of these positions and received many honors and awards, including four NASA exceptional service medals, two NASA outstanding leadership medals, a Meritorious Executive of the federal government, and the Presidential Distinguished Rank Award. She was inducted into Florida Women’s Hall of Fame, won the National Space Club Debus Award, the Florida Woman of Achievement Medal, received a national award from the Society of Women Engineers, and the Daughter of American Revolution (DAR) National Medal of Honor.

She retired from NASA in August 2003 as the director of External Relations and Business Development. However, she states that even though she is almost 80 years old, she is not giving up. Morgan encourages women to pursue careers in STEM and sponsors endowments and scholarships at seven universities, including Florida Institute of Technology, and provides internships at IHMC (Institute for Human and Machine Cognition).

Recipients:

2019                Megan Kercher and Alexis Girard

2020                Alexis Girard

2021                Maria Baker

Joe Brett Endowment Fund


Type

General Endowment

Value

$44,544 (2021)

Year Established

2013

Purpose

Funds to be used at the discretion of the President. (GF000128)

Description

This endowment was created to support Florida Tech, funds are to be used at the discretion of the President.


History

Joseph “Big Joe” Brett, Founder and Owner of Gator Chrysler Plymouth in Melbourne, Fl, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1927. In 1970, he moved to Brevard County and served in different positions such as President of The Melbourne Rotary and a Paula Harris Fellow, President of the Melbourne Area Chamber of Commerce, Commodore of the EGYC (EAU Gallie Yacht Club), President of Honor America, President of South Brevard Automobile Dealers Association, President of Florida Chrysler, President of Plymouth Dealers Advertising Association, Secretary of Florida Chrysler, Chairman Easter Seal Board of Directors, Director-Brevard County Civilian Military Council, Director-Panther Athletic Association at Florida Institute of Technology and Board Member of Buena Vida.

Big Joe died in August 27th, 2012 in Melbourne, Florida and is remembered by his family, friends, and coworkers

John M. Williams Fellowship Endowment


Type

Scholarship / Fellowship

Value

$55,913 (2021)

Year Established

2007

Purpose

Funds will be used for fellowships for graduate students within the Department of Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences studying Meteorology-related courses. (GF000112)

Description

Recipients must be in good academic standing. Preference will be given to students who received their undergraduate degree from Florida Tech's Department of Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences. Preference will be given to renewing the fellowship to the same student. A committee of Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences faculty will select the best candidate(s) for the fellowship.


History

John Thomas and Martha Hartley Endowed Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$3,796,770 (2021)

Year Established

1998

Purpose

Award tuition scholarships to undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll in Florida Tech. (GF000075)

Description

Recipients will be selected by the Office of Financial Aid. Recipient must be a full-time student; must be in and remain in good academic standing; selected on the basis of need and merit with a preference to awarding based on need. Preference give to renewing to the same student in successive semesters.


History

John Thomas “Jack” Hartley, born on March 4th, 1930 in Jacksonville, FL, earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering in 1951 and master’s degree in Electrical Engineering in 1955 from Auburn University, where he taught different courses for a short period of time and met his beloved wife Martha Hartley.

In 1956, he decided to leave teaching and joined the small startup company, Radiation, Inc., in Melbourne, FL. There, he started his career by being involved in research, business development and program management. However, for his leadership and hard work, Mr. Hartley reached upper level roles such as Vice President and General Manager of the largest electronics operating unit after the company was acquired by Harris-Intertype Corporation, then became Executive Vice President and was subsequently promoted to President and COO in 1985. One year later, he became Chairman and CEO, and served in this position until his retirement in 1995. He continued to be part of the Harris Corporation Board of Directors until 2002 plus being a member of the Board of Directors of the AXA/Equitable Life Insurance Corporation and of the McGraw-Hill Company.

Even though his work was already valued and recognized by the people who knew and worked with him, Mr. Hartley received many honors including Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1987 from Auburn, election to the Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame, Florida Industrialist of the Year, the 1992 Financial World CEO of the Year, an honorary doctorate of philosophy degree from Florida Tech in 1994, an honorary doctorate of science degree from Auburn University in 1996, the United States Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, and was appointed to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee in 1998.

Furthermore, Mr. Hartley was named to the Florida Tech Board of Trustees and work relentlessly to make Florida Tech one of the nation’s outstanding private universities and helped secure significant financial support. His generosity left a print on campus with the John and Martha Hartley Room in the student union building and Hartley Hall, a residential facility. Also, he and his wife, created the John Thomas and Martha Hartley Scholarship, which continues to benefit students at Florida Tech.

Mr. Hartley passed away on June 5th, 2018, at the age of 88. He is remembered by his family, friends, coworkers, Florida Tech community, and everyone who he helped. “Jack’s impact on Florida Tech cannot be overstated and will forever be remembered. As with his leadership at Harris, and really in everything he did, Jack was guided by his unerring desire for excellence and his vision for how to achieve it. And he always achieved what he set out to do, a fact for which all of us at Florida Tech are eternally grateful,” said Florida Tech President, Dwayne McCay.

Jonathan B. Zung Family Scholarship Endowment


Type

General Endowment

Value

$57,135 (2021)

Year Established

2011

Purpose

Scholarships to provide support for an entering freshman to study Chemistry. (GF000102)

Description

Recipients must be an outstanding in-coming freshamn; must be a U.S. citizen; must be majoring in Chemistry. This scholarship is intended to be for an incoming Chemistry major each year, versus awarding it once every four years.


History

Recipients:

2019                            Sarah Butler

2020                            Matthew Pensenstadler

2021                            Anna Grimm

Joseph Caruso Family Scholarship


Type

Scholarship / Fellowship

Value

$328,029 (2021)

Year Established

2007

Purpose

Provide scholarship support for an eligible junior or senior and a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity at Florida Tech. (GF000086)

Description

The Fund supports active members in good standing of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity at Florida Institute of Technology. Preference is given to students enrolled in the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business, but may be awarded to a student from any College. Both domestic and international students may receive this scholarship.


History

Joseph Caruso came to Florida Tech in 1969 with $100 in his pocket. After years of hard work Joseph earned his bachelor of science in 1973 and his master’s degree in 1976. He began his career with a decade of hands-on financing and growth in the banking industry. In 1984, he founded Omnifirst Capital, a successful private investment firm focused on opportunities in the telecommunications, health care, technology, and entertainment industries.

With a career based on relationship development and coalition building, Joe is the managing partner in nine companies. He is involved in every aspect of a client’s business, including arranging appropriate debt and equity funds, mergers and acquisitions, and other consulting and advisory strategies that create solutions for the company’s $4.5 billion portfolio of impact investments.

As the co-founder and owner of the Trenton Thunder minor league baseball team, the Double-A Affiliate of the twenty-seven- time World Champion New York Yankees, Joe is also immersed in revenue growth and strategic planning for the company. The Trenton Thunder has been recognized multiple times by the baseball industry for marketing and business practice excellence and boasts nearly 400 players who have moved up to Major League Baseball.

Never losing his Panther pride, Joe established the Joseph Caruso Family Scholarship in 2007. The scholarship fund was created to give students the opportunity to continue their pursuits in business and become successful entrepreneurs and leaders. Through this scholarship, Joe fosters real-life lessons for students to see themselves as the CEO of their lives and career, while learning the important skills of network building and collaboration.

Joe credits his membership in Pi Kappa Alpha as another transformational life event. He remains an active Pike brother, spearheading the capital campaign to build a new Zeta Sigma house in Palm Bay, Florida.

Recipients

2011: John Fouchet

2012: Thomas Veltri

2013: Christopher Guelzow

2014: Christopher Guelzow

2015: Christopher Guelzow, Kevin Jackman

2016: Christopher Guelzow, Kevin Jackman

2017: Ryan Mckeone, Gregory Ierokomos

2018: Gregory Ierokomos, Edwin Gonzalez

2019: Gregory Ierokomos, Alexander Louis Fernandez

2020: Alexander Louis Fernandez, Michael Foster

2021: Michael Foster, Henry Chandler

Juanita Neal-Baker Graduate Fellowship


Type

Scholarship / Fellowship

Value

$220,678 (2021)

Year Established

2002

Purpose

Graduate student fellowship for research and raining in reducing violence toward women and children. (GF000172)

Description

Recipients are chosen by the Dean of the School of Psychology.


History

Dr. Juanita Neal Baker, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from University of Illinois, is a Florida limited licensed psychologist and professor emerita at Florida Institute of Technology.

Dr. Baker once said, “I want to do something relevant to people that will make a difference in our lives” and that is what she has been doing her whole life. Before moving to Florida in 1984, she lived in Lahore, Pakistan from 1966-1979, where established a pediatric clinic, was a school psychologist, taught kindergarten and high school art and also psychology at Forman Christian College, and founded the first children’s public library in a community serving more than twelve thousand children.

During the time she served as a professor at Florida Tech, 1984-2007, Dr. Juanita Baker taught different courses on ethics, program evaluation, women’s studies, sexual abuse, and child behavior disorders and psychotherapy. Additionally, her research was focused on sexual abuse, trauma, grieving, depression, abusive parents, and domestic violence. From 1991-2007, she directed a sexual abuse treatment program where she supervised graduate trainees who were not only treating victims of sexual abuse, but also their non-offending caregivers, siblings, and offenders.

In 2012, Dr. Baker along with Dr. Sarah Weinstein-Arnett, ’10 Psy.D., started the innovative project Psychology Science Minute (PSM) where they posted one-minute-long informative videos for public access and education covering meaningful topics in psychology.

Recipients

2020-2021         Audryn Saporiti Andreoli

2019-2020         Audryn Saporiti Andreoli 

2018-2019         Brianna Mae Brandon

2017-2018         Brianna Mae Brandon

2016-2017         Keara Washington

2015-2016         Mary Katherine Miller, Keara Washington

2014-2015         Kathryn Ann Fleming Hanson, Mary Katherine Miller

2013-2014         Kathryn Ann Fleming Hanson

2012-2013         Kathryn Ann Fleming Hanson

2011-2012         Laurence Leigh Pass, Cory Austin Safra 

2010-2011         Adrianne V Nelson, Laurence Leigh Pass 

2009-2010         Erica Lynn Johnson, Lindsay Marie Atkins

2008-2009         Maria F Rheaume-Maloy, Monica L Cline 

2007-2008         Maria F Rheaume-Maloy, Monica L Cline 

2006-2007        Katherine Anne Gifford, Blaise Vito Amendolace, Aimee Ellen Booth, Jill Corine Nicolino

2005-2006        Amy Gammon Buckett, Ashley Laureen Franklin, Jill Corine Nicolino 

2004-2005        Michelle Louise Prell, Joy A Mobley, Claire E Blankemeier 

2003-2004        Rachel E Russell, Marcia Tilson Norman, Yolanda Nicole Brannon 

2002-2003        Gwen Irene Grant



Junda Lin Marine Biology Professorship


Type

Professorship / Research Fund

Value

$5,000 (2021)

Year Established

2016

Purpose

To support a professor in marine science

Description

To support a professor who has achieved great distinction in the area of marine science and to honor Dr. Junda Lin who had a passion for teaching and research. The Junda Lin Marine Biology Professorship will recognize the quality, productivity, and importance of Professor Lin's research and the indelible mark he has made on students, colleagues and the university.


History

Dr. Junda Lin

Dr. Junda Lin, 55, born on March 16, 1960 in China,
passed away Wednesday, March 2, 2016.
Survived by his wife, Fanghua Wang, and sons, Kurt, and Kyle.

Dr. Junda Lin was a Professor of Biological Sciences at the Florida Institute of Technology and the Director of the Institute for Marine Research (IMR). The IMR was designed to coordinate the management of shared marine facilities in the university, including the Vero Beach Marine Laboratory and the Evinrude Marine Operations Center. The IMR also encouraged inter-disciplinary research and integrates marine related activities with external governmental and non-governmental institutions, foundations, agencies and industry.

Dr. Lin’s Lab focused on the development of aquaculture technology for marine ornamental species to offset and replace wild collection. Extensive and destructive collection of these animals can directly deplete the target species that is already under threat from habitat loss or degradation and can indirectly damage the delicate coral reef ecosystem. Aquaculture of marine ornamental species is recognized as a viable alternative to wild collection. Dr. Lin’s lab studied the basic biological processes of several shellfish and fish species, evaluated their aquaculture potential, and developed cultivation technology.

Dr. Lin has mentored dozens of undergraduate and graduate students in the field of ornamental aquaculture including many in the marine ornamental trade and MASNA. His legacy will live on through the people he has inspired.

Professional positions:

Professor, Florida Tech, 2002-2016
Associate Professor, Florida Tech, 1996-2002
Assistant Professor, Florida Tech, 1991-1996
Biostatistician, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 1990-1991
Postdoctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, 1989-1990

Board of Directors, World Aquaculture Society, 2008-2011
Associate Editor, Journal of World Aquaculture, 2003-2016
Editorial Board, Journal of Shellfish Research, 2008-2016

Karl And Ingeborg Sendler Endowed Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$161,162 (2021)

Year Established

2001

Purpose

Scholarships for undergraduate students. (GF000071)

Description

Recipients must be an undergraduate student who has been determined to have financial need and are in good academic standing.


History

Karl Sendler, former top NASA Kennedy Space Center executive, was born in Vienna, Austria on 1914. He graduated from the University of Vienna with a master’s degree in electrical engineering and was a member of the Wernher Von Braun rocket team who came to the United States in 1947 as part of the US Army’s “Operation Paperclip”, which was a program that brought selected German scientists to work on America’s behalf during the Cold War. He worked there until 1974 when he retired as KSC’s director of Instrumentation Systems.

He made major contributions to the development of US manned space capabilities such as the Army’s Doppler Velocity and Position systems, which helped determine a rocket’s position in space and the deviation of a missile from a predetermined flight path, providing crucial information for range safety. Additionally, Sendler made different primary improvements in telemetry systems as well as in tool calibration and missile tracking. One of his finest contributions was the development of launch processing systems for the Apollo program.

Karl Sendler died on May 3rd, 2001, at the age of 86. However, he is not only remembered for the contributions he made but also for how he was with the people he worked with. He had a way of making his team members believe they could meet challenges, no matter the circumstances. Correspondingly, he expressed his belief in teamwork this way: “I think one of the most important things responsible for our space program successes is that we started with a small team working together, and as we have grown, adding people along the way, we haven’t lost that initial team concept.”

Recipients:

2019                Brandon Gilson, Breanna Bolskar, and Jasmine Martinez

2020                Jasmine Martinez and Sydney Goodman

2021                Jordan Arevalos, Sydney Goodman, and Theodore Martin

Kenneth C. Long Endowment


Type

General Endowment

Value

$284,875 (2021)

Year Established

1986

Purpose

In memory of Kenneth C. Long (GF000002)

Description

This scholarship is administered by the Office of Financial Aid.


History

The Kenneth C. Long Endowment Fund was established in 1986 through the will of Mr. Kenneth C. Long a friend of FIT who passed in or around 1984. His fund was dedicated to supporting students with financial need in any college or department without restriction.

Mr. Long was a photography enthusiast and supporter of numerous philanthropic causes such as cancer and heart research and children.

Kenneth P. Revay Class of 2018 Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$280,585 (2021)

Year Established

2002

Purpose

Scholarships for undergraduate students enrolled in a Mechanical Engineering program within the College of Engineering. (GF000066)

Description

Recipients must be a full time undergraduate student enrolled or planning to enroll in the College of Engineering and who is pursuing studies in Mechanical Engineering. Scholarships shall be awarded based on need and merit. Preference given to renewing the scholarship to the same student in successive semesters until graduation.


History

Kenneth Revay, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, graduated from Florida Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1982. During his time in college, he was part of several societies and groups, including serving as the chairman of Florida Tech Student Chapter American Society of Mechanical Engineers, project director at Mini-Baja All-Terrain Vehicle, and student representative to Canaveral Section ASME. Additionally, since he started as an Air Commerce major, he was able to obtain his FAA Private Pilots License in his first year.

After graduating, he worked for Rockwell International as a member of the technical staff for a year. Then, for several years, he held managerial positions and participated in special projects at Lockheed Martin Space Operations and United Space Alliance.

Since 2013, he has been a Member of the Board of Trustees (Volunteer) at Florida Institute of Technology. He holds NACD (National Association of Corporate Directors) Leadership and Governance Fellowships, and NACD Master Class.

Recipients:

2019                            Maria Baker and Daniel Chavez-Montero

2020                            Maria Baker and Sarah Cameron

2021                            Sarah Cameron and Sean Sapper

Kitty & Jill Eanes LGBTQ Scholarship


Type

Scholarship / Fellowship

Value

$26,670 (2021)

Year Established

2017

Purpose

To support students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) or who have demonstrated themselves to be an ally for the LGBTQ community (GF000192)

Description

Students matching the criteria stated in the fund purpose will be selected by a three member selection committee consisting of the university's chief diversity officer, the VP of student affairs, and the chair of the university diversity committee or their designee. Priority will be given to students from the College of Aeronautics first and after that to a student who has demonstrated leadership and/or promotion of equality for the LGBTQ community on or off campus. Students apply by submitting a one-page letter to the Kitty & Jill Eanes LGBTQ Scholarship highlighting their desire and reasons for applying. This fund is not yet activated and is anticipated to fund it's first student in 2022


History

Jill A. Eanes grew up outside of Washington, DC.  She earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Aviation and her M.B.A. at Florida Tech, where she was also an assistant chief flight instructor. Currently, Jill flies the Boeing 777 as a first officer for United Airlines based in San Francisco. Jill and her wife, Kitty, live in Sunnyvale, CA. They enjoy hiking in our incredible National Parks, as well as biking and running in less wild locations.

L3Harris Chair in Assured Information


Type

Faculty Chair

Value

$5,058,932 (2021)

Year Established

2007

Purpose

Funds will be used to create an endowed Chair in Assured Information. (GF000097)

Description

Florida Tech appoints this Chair. 


History

On December 5th, 2007, during the Florida Institute of Technology 50th Anniversary Campaign, Harris Corporation gifted a $5 million fund. A portion of the fund was allocated in the construction of the 8,000 sq. ft.  L3Harris Institute for Assured Information, found in the south academic quadrangle on campus. The space is located in the L3Harris Center for Science and Engineering Center. The rest of the funds have gone toward the L3Harris Endowed Chair in Assured Information and to support students of Florida Tech. Furthermore, L3Harris continued support of student research projects in the next following years.
 
L3Harris Corporation is an American technology company based in Melbourne Florida that serves as a defense contractor and provider of technological services in the government, defense, and commercial areas.

L3Harris Endowed Professorship


Type

Professorship / Research Fund

Value

$6,527,789 (2021)

Year Established

1999

Purpose

Endowment will be used to fund the two Harris Professorships. (GF000138)

Description

Professorship is academically assigned to the College of Engineering.


History

On December 5th, 2007, during the Florida Institute of Technology 50th Anniversary Campaign, L3Harris Corporation gifted a $5 million fund. A portion of the fund was allocated in the construction of the 8,000 sq. ft.  L3Harris Institute for Assured Information, found in the south academic quadrangle on campus. The space is located in the L3Harris Center for Science and Engineering Center. The rest of the funds have gone toward the L3Harris Endowed Chair in Assured Information and to support students of Florida Tech. Furthermore, L3Harris continued support of student research projects in the next following years.
 
L3Harris Corporation is an American technology company based in Melbourne Florida that serves as a defense contractor and provider of technological services in the government, defense, and commercial areas.

L3Harris Student Scholars in Institute for Assured Information


Type

General Endowment

Value

$1,623,907 (2021)

Year Established

2007

Purpose

Stipends for students identified as Harris Student Scholars. (GF000089)

Description

This scholarship is administered by the Office of Financial Aid.


History

On December 5th, 2007, during the Florida Institute of Technology 50th Anniversary Campaign, L3Harris Corporation gifted a $5 million fund. A portion of the fund was allocated in the construction of the 8,000 sq. ft.  L3Harris Institute for Assured Information, found in the south academic quadrangle on campus. The space is located in the L3Harris Center for Science and Engineering Center. The rest of the funds have gone toward the L3Harris Endowed Chair in Assured Information and to support students of Florida Tech. Furthermore, L3Harris continued support of student research projects in the next following years.
 
L3Harris Corporation is an American technology company based in Melbourne Florida that serves as a defense contractor and provider of technological services in the government, defense, and commercial areas.

Larry P. Pollack Undergraduate Scholarship Endowment


Type

Scholarship / Fellowship

Value

$21,224

Year Established

2020

Purpose

Supporting Environmental Science students. (GF000425)

Description


History

Legacy Soccer/ Lever Brothers Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$19,533 (2021)

Year Established

1996

Purpose

Offer scholarships for students with a soccer background. (GF000034)

Description

Recipient must be in top 33% of their high school senior class, with organized soccer participation - minimum of 2 years during the last 5 years. Recipient must be a full-time student; must be a U.S. citizen and graduated from high school in Seminole, Orange, Osceola, Brevard, or Volusia Counties. 


History

Recipients:

2019                Sophia Economon

2020                Savannah Heimerl

2021                Savannah Heimerl

Leo A. Marin Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$81,206 (2021)

Year Established

1996

Purpose

Scholarships for students at Florida Tech. (GF000043)

Description

This scholarship is administered by the Office of Financial Aid to be used for full-time students enrolled in Florida Institute of Technology.


History

Llewellyn Hewett Jr. Engineering Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$252,614 (2021)

Year Established

1998

Purpose

Scholarships for deserving students within the College of Engineering (GF000048)

Description

This scholarship is administered by the Office of Financial Aid. Recipients must be from the College of Engineering.


History

Local 810 - Local 875/ Hirsch Memorial Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$170,119 (2021)

Year Established

1981

Purpose

Scholarships for qualified children of Local 810 International Brotherhood of Teamsters or if none are available, scholarship to qualified South Brevard high school graduates. (GF000015)

Description

Scholarship will be administered by the Office of Financial Aid. For members - must be a child from a current member or retired member of the Local 810, and must have above-average to excellent high school academic records, and have been accepted to Florida Tech. For non-members - must be a graduate from a South Brevard High School; must have aquired a 3.5 GPA in high school; score of 1000 or higher on SAT; and be in top 15% of graduating class.


History

The fund was established in 1971 and endowed in 1981 by a local chapter of the Teamsters union in New York. The award recipient must be a child from a current member of the Local 810, and must have above-average to excellent high school academic records, and have been accepted by Florida Tech. If none are qualified, a non-member child can qualify by having graduated from a South Brevard High School, having a 3.5 GPA in high school, score of 1000 or higher on the SAT, and being in the top 15% in their graduating class. If the recipient is a child of a member of Local 810, they receive a full tuition scholarship otherwise for South Brevard graduates it is a partial tuition scholarship.

The Local 875 Pension Fund owned a building in Melbourne, Florida, the Flatiron Building in Melbourne’s downtown area. In 1971, the Local donated the building to Florida Tech. Florida Tech in turn sold the property. In acknowledgment of this gift, Florida Tech placed the down payment and subsequent monthly payments in a fund and proposed to offer fourteen tuition scholarships (one per year) to qualified children of Local 875 members. Apparently, there were no qualified applicants for some years, and the funds remained unused. In November 1979, counsel for the Local advised that it was the Local’s intention to donate to Florida Tech sufficient funds to convert the fourteen one-year scholarships to a single perpetual fund. In 1981, the scholarship award was endowed. The Local 975/Hirsch Memorial Scholarship Endowment was initially reserved for a student enrolled in the School of Science and Engineering, but was later broadened to all majors. In 1998, Local 875 merged into Local 810 of the IBT.

Recipients:

1994                        Natale Meglio
                                    Angela Garrett
                                    Kevin Silver

1995                        Natale Meglio
                                    Michael N. McDonald
                                    Raymond Apelado

1996                        Raymond Apelado
                                    Michael N. McDonald
                                    Aisha Idrees
                                    Natale Meglio

1997                        Natale Meglio

1998                        Natale Meglio

1999                        Natale Meglio

2000

2001                           

2002                        Ramsey Agarie
                                    Jessica Reid

2003                        Ramsey Agarie
                                    Adam Wayne Brown

2004                        Ramsey Agarie

2005                        Ramsey Agarie

2006                        Ramsey Agarie

2007                        Ramsey Agarie

2008                        Errol Hinkamp

2009                        Griffin Lunn

2010                        Andy Bankert

2011                        Andy Bankert

2012                           

2013                        Denise Barnes

2014                        Denise Barnes
                                    Brandon Fontaine

2015                        Stephen Nieroda
                                    Summer Nicole Lindsay
                                    Jared Scott

2016                        Matthew Ridley

2017                        Matthew Ridley

2018                        Mohamed Naas
                                    John Linn

2019                        Jaycab Reynoso
                                    John Linn

2020                        Jaycab Reynoso
                                    Xavier Tomei

2021                        Jaycab Reynoso
                                    Xavier Tomei

Lt. Col Kim Lee Gage Scholarship Fund


Type

Scholarship / Fellowship

Value

$17,073 (2021)

Year Established

2019

Purpose

This memorial scholarship will support students from historically marginalized backgrounds who demonstrate academic excellence and are in need of financial assistance. (GF000424)

Description

In honor of Lt. Col Kim Lee Gage, friends and family have established an endowed scholarship fund. This memorial scholarship will support students from historically marginalized backgrounds who demonstrate academic excellence and are in need of financial assistance.

Lt. Col Kim Lee Gage was born January 23, 1976 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kim joined the Jr. ROTC program at Northwest High School in Indianapolis and served as senior class president of his graduating class. He then graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the Florida Institute of Technology with a degree in Chemical Engineering and an Environmental emphasis and became a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army upon his college graduation, serving with the Corps of Engineers.

Kim's military resume includes many impressive accomplishments such as Airborne Ranger, Garrison Commander of Camp Navajo, and many stations and positions in South Korea, Missouri, Virginia, Washington, DC, Hawaii, Alaska, Germany, Florida and Arizona. He also served two war deployments as Commander of Charlie Company of the 864th Engineer Combat Battalion to Kandahar, Afghanistan and as Engineer Operations Officer as part of the Combined Joint Task Force in Iraq.

Kim's many passions were fishing, bow hunting, learning and reading, particularly books that challenged his thinking and provided new insights on the world and, most importantly, spending time with his family and friends. He touched and inspired many lives throughout his life with his leadership, intellect and caring spirit. Kim passed in 2019 at the young age of 43. In his memory, an endowment fund with the purpose of providing scholarships for undergraduate students was established at Florida Tech.


History

If you would like to contribute to this fund, please go to Panther Fund and use the "other" designation to identify that you wish to give to this named endowment fund. 

Maj. Stephen “Cajun” Del Bagno Scholarship Fund


Type

Scholarship / Fellowship

Value

$30,139 (2021)

Year Established

2019

Purpose

Supporting students at the University who are pursuing careers as pilots and who exemplify the ideals of Major Del Bagno. (GF000386)

Description

This fund will be awarded to students who are U.S. citizens. Applicants must be enrolled at Florida Tech in the College of Aeronautics and must submit an essay on "why you want to fly".  Applicants are reviewed with the National Air, Sea, and Space Foundation (NASSF). Preference will be given to students who graduated from Maj. Del Bagno's high school, Saugus H.S. in Santa Clara, CA.  Preference will also be given to students who have military parents. Funds may be used for tuition and/or flight fees. Applicants may submit a reference letter from the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron ("Thunderbirds"), the 58th Fighter Squadron (Part of the 33rd Fighter Wing currently based at Eglin Air Force Base), or the 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron--Eglin AFB at any time before or after admission to Florida Tech.


History

Del Bagno was a member of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. Not long after performing in the 2018 Melbourne air show, the 34-year-old lost his life in a training accident in Nevada.

During the 2019 Melbourne Air & Space Show, patrons were asked to donate toward the Del Bagno Memorial Scholarship at Florida Tech. They were able to purchase raffle tickets, and a portion of ticket proceeds to the show were earmarked for the scholarship fund. The Foundation will seek additional donations at future air shows.

The scholarship funds will help Florida Tech aviation students who have a strong desire to fly but need assistance with tuition and flight fees.

According to the Foundation, Del Bagno started flying when he was 14-years-old and went on to serve as a corporate pilot, skywriter and flight instructor prior to joining the Air Force. During his 11-year career as an Air Force pilot he instructed in two jets, the F-16 and F-35, before joining the Thunderbirds in fall 2017.

Whenever he could, Del Bagno encouraged young people to stick with their dreams, no matter the obstacles.

“The biggest thing I learned throughout my career, and what I tell all of the kids when I start talking to them, is in life, you are going to hear a lot of no’s, and sometimes it’s just a test of your resolve…So no matter what it is and how bad you want it, as long as you work hard and don’t accept no as a final answer, you can always turn a no into a yes.”

Recipients

2019: Gabriella Ferra

2020: Ryan King 

Major Mathew Earl Schram ALMC-LEDC/FT Endowed Fellowship


Type

Scholarship / Fellowship

Value

$47,651 (2021)

Year Established

2003

Purpose

Offer fellowships to graduate students enrolled at Fort Lee Logistics Executive Development Course (LEDC)/Florida Tech (FT) that are U.S. Miliary Officers. (GF000079)

Description

Application and selection will be made during an applicant's second semester at Fort Lee; Competition is open to both commissioned and warrent officers; applicant must be not fully funded; awarded primarily on merit; committee will choose recipient.


History

Major Mathew Earl Schram, also known as Schrambo (a reference to the movie fiction hero “Rambo”), was born in January 25th, 1967 in Brookfield, Wisconsin. He was the fifth of six children of Earl and Sarah Schram and had always wanted to be a soldier, said Susan Kuske, his older sister. He graduated from Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School in West Allis in 1981 and Brookfield Central High School in 1985, where he played football.

He joined the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. In 1989, he started serving in the Army and was assigned to the Headquarters & Headquarters Troop Support Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colorado.

Major Schram was killed in May 26th, 2003 near the town of Haditha, Iraq, when gunmen ambushed a military convoy on a resupply mission with rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns. “He made it his career and loved it,” his sister said. “He rose in the ranks and worked hard to get there.”

Major Schram is remembered by his beloved ones for his raucous, hilarious laugh and as a quiet man with high expectations for himself and a tender heart for his eight nieces and nephews. 

Marion and Eric Preece Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$123,539 (2021)

Year Established

1995

Purpose

Scholarship for female students majoring in Engineering. (GF000031)

Description

Recipient shall be a full-time female student majoring in engineering, except a part-time student may be deemed qualified for the award under special circumstances that prevent full-time study. Student must have reached sophomore status with a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and must be an active member of the Campus Student Section of the Society of Women Engineers. Preference is given to studnets in Electricl Engineering field.


History

Mr. Raymond Preece and Ms. Betty Preece donated an initial amount of $5,000 in 1995 to create the “Marion and Eric Preece Endowed Scholarship”. They kept contributing in a yearly basis to the fund donating over a total amount of $50,000. The scholarships of the fund are primarily given to female students majoring in engineers. Being a member of the Society of Women Engineers and having over 30 credits are also requirements in order to receive the award.

Recipients:

1997                            Elizabeth Wilson

1998                            Jennifer L. Kolhoff

1999                            Faye M. Tomimbang

2000                            Faye M. Tomimbang

2001                            Christie M. Fowler

                                        Faye M. Tomimbang

2002                            Stephanie Lynn Criss

2003                            Sarah C. Fellie

2004                            Sarah C. Fellie

2005                            Samira C. Noel

2006                            Samantha Silva

2007                            Samantha Silva

2008                            Theresa Childs

2009                            Theresa Childs

2010                            Theresa Childs

2011                            Esther M. Cameron

2012                           

2013                            Hilary Mae Miller

2014                            Erica Tollett

2015                            Evelyn Viola Maddox

2016                            Dannielle Victoria Goldman

2017                            Dannielle Victoria Goldman

                                        Ahsi Lo

2018                            Ahsi Lo

                                        Kristen J. Jackson

2019                            Ahsi Lo

                                        Rachael Mcmahon

2020                            Jillian Cantieni

                                        Laura Yepez Perez

2021                            Laura Yepez Perez

Marion Clayton Link Library Information Network (LINK) Endowment


Type

General Endowment

Value

$645,679 (2021)

Year Established

1997

Purpose

Support the Evans Library. (GF000158)

Description

Funds will be used at the discretion of the Dean of the Evans Library: to provide necessary resources to maintain the LINK; to compensate technically gifted students to provide services that support the LINK electronic presence; and generally to strengthen the LINK.


History

Marion Clayton Link was born on November 15th, 1907 in Ilion, New York. She graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1929. After graduation, she started her professional career at the Utica Observer Dispatch and then worked at the Syracuse Journal American and was employed by the Binghamton Press where she worked as a reporter. Mrs. Link was a member of several societies throughout her life including the Society of Women Geographers, Theta Sigma Phi, Pi Beta Phi, Amaryllis Circle of the Garden Club of Indian River County and Riomar Bay Yacht Club, President’s Club of Indian River Community College Foundation, and Community Church United Church of Christ. 

Additionally, Mrs. Link served in different civic organizations such as the Executive Board of Roberson Museum and Science Center, she was Chairman of Planned Parenthood of Broome County and honorary life member of the Advisory council of Binghamton and Harpur Forum, served as Trustee of the YWCA and of Syracuse University. For her commitment and passion, she received the Arents Medal from Syracuse University and the Binghamton Chamber of Commerce History Hunters Award.

Mrs. Link was married to Edwin A. Link, inventor of the first successful flight stimulator and designer of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution’s Johnson-Sea-Link class submersibles. She worked with him and narrated their lives and discoveries in books and articles.

Mrs. Link passed away on March 30th, 1995, leaving tremendous contributions to different institutions including Florida Institute of Technology.

Marjorie Hayes Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$962,541 (2021)

Year Established

2007

Purpose

Provide funds each year for eligible flight students in the College of Aeronautics. (GF000036)

Description

Recipients will be selected by the Office of Financial Aid in conjunction with the College of Aeronautics based on merit and financial need.


History

Marjorie Hayes, from Washington D.C. always loved the idea of helping people and contributing to the progress of the United States. That is why, in 2007, after meeting with her close friend Paris Michaels, graduate of the College of Aeronautics from Florida Tech, she decided to initially make a $250,000 donation to the college.  She established the scholarship endowment called the Marjorie Hayes Scholarship, which provides funds each year for eligible flight students in the College of Aeronautics, and a flight simulator laboratory (The Marjorie Hayes Simulator Lab) within Florida Institute of Technology Aviation was created to be used by the school’s faculty and students.

Her close friend Michaels stated that “Mrs. Hayes doesn’t just donate to any worthy cause; she invests in America. She views her donation to the College of Aeronautics as an investment in youth and in our students, who will master the future of U.S. global aviation. She credits aviation with contributing immensely to this nation’s progress.”

Before Mrs. Hayes passed away in December 24th, 2011, she made many more financial contributions which are still helping to develop students at Florida Tech.

Marsha A. Duncan Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$117,677 (2021)

Year Established

2002

Purpose

Scholarships for undergraduate students enrolled at Florida Tech. (GF000151)

Description

Recipient will be selected by the Office of Financial Aid. Recipient must be a full-time student; must be in and remain in good academic standing; Scholarship shall be awarded on the basis of need and merit. Preference will be given to renewing to the same student in successive sumesters.


History

Recipients:

2019                Schuyler Lamoureux

2020                Schuyler Lamoureux

2021                Erica Reece

Martin Zung Memorial Chemistry Award


Type

General Endowment

Value

$93,750 (2021)

Year Established

2013

Purpose

Scholarship fund to provide support to a junior or senior studying Chemistry. (GF000210)

Description

Recipients of this scholarship must be a U.S. citizen majoring in Chemistry; must be in their junior or senior year, with a minimum GPA of 3.2. Students should demonstrate both strong academic performance and outstanding independent research.


History

Jonathan Zung, son of Martin Zung, obtained his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Florida Institute of Technology in 1986 and his doctoral degree in analytical chemistry from Emory University in Atlanta. Jonathan’s professional career started as an analyst chemist with Pfizer in 1991 and, since then, has held different executive leadership positions in the pharmaceutical services industries over the past 25 years. He has pharmaceutical development experience in oncology, immunology, cardiovascular disease and other major therapeutic areas. Moreover, he served as group president for clinical development and commercialization services for Covance Drug Development, which is a LabCorb company, and was Vice President and Head of Global Development Operations (GDO) at the global pharmaceutical giant, Bristol-Myers Squibb. Not to mention, Jonathan served as a member of Florida Institute of Technology Board of Trustees for six years (2010-2016) and, currently, serves as advisor to the CEO of WCG clinical and president of one of their divisions.

His support and friendship to the university has helped several students since 2013 when he established the Martin Zung Memorial Chemistry Endowment Fund in memory of his father Martin Zung, who was an educator, pharmacist, and strong supporter of the sciences and of Florida Tech and its mission. “I’ve always been a staunch supporter of Florida Tech and value the education I received there. The chemistry faculty at Florida Tech provided me with amazing opportunities, taught me how to be a problem solver and to think strategically. I created the scholarship to acknowledge the impact Florida Tech has had on me and the importance education had to my father”, Jonathan said.

Recipients:

2019                            Kristie Baker

2020                            Korbin Reed

2021                            Matthew Pensenstadler

Marvin M. Yarosh and John H. "Jack" Wiles Endowment


Type

General Endowment

Value

$52,995 (2021)

Year Established

2009

Purpose

Scholarships for upperclassman in the undergraduate Mechanical Engineering program. (GF000096)

Description

In order to be considered for this scholarship students must be a junior or senior in the Mechanical Engineering program and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA. Two letters of recommendation from an employer or instructor are required as well as an essay describing the applicants career ambitions. Demonstrated financial need will not be a criterion. 


History

Marvin Yarosh and Jack Wiles were pioneers in mechanical engineering on the Space Coast. Mr. Yarosh was a founding member of the local American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and helped found the Florida Solar Energy Center in Cocoa in 1975, serving as its first associate director for 13 years.

John “Jack” Wiles was an inspiration to all who knew him. He is known for his part in founding the Canaveral Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Cape Canaveral Technical Society, serving as president of both, and its Space Congress in 1962, a professional forum for rocket scientist to share their knowledge.

Both Mr. Yarosh and Mr. Wiles made significant inroads to advance the technology related to their engineering fields. Therefore, “The ‘Marvin M. Yarosh and John H. Jack Wiles Scholarship Endowment’ allows us to provide scholarships to deserving mechanical engineering students who will someday contribute to the engineering profession and to society as did Mr. Yarosh and Mr. Wiles.” said Pei-feng Hsu, head of the Florida Tech Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in the College of Engineering in 2009. Marvin Yarosh passed away in March, 2004 and Jack Wiles died in December, 2008.

Mary C. Dickens Scholarship Fund


Type

Scholarship / Fellowship

Value

$14,072 (2021)

Year Established

2018

Purpose

Income from this fund will support an annual scholarship for undergraduate business students, with a preference for supporting female students who have financial need. (GF000194)

Description

Recipients will be selected by the Office of Financial Aid. Recipients must be full-time students in the business school and must be in and remain in good academic standing; Scholarship shall be awarded on the basis of need and merit. Preference will be given to awarding this scholarship to female students.


History

Ms. Dickens graduated from Athens state college in 1993 with the highest scholastic achievement, with a degree of BS in business administration. After that, she pursued an MS in management from Florida tech which she achieved in 1998. Early on in her career, she served as the director of Maintenance and Special Projects Directorate at the Acquisition Center, AMCOM in the Redstone arsenal. She then served as the Principal Assistant Responsible for Contracting and Executive Director of ACC-Redstone. Later on in her career, Ms. Dickens was the Deputy to the Commanding General, US Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM), Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. She retired from civil service after 37 illustrious years and joined COLSA in 2015. She was awarded multiple honors for her service including, 3 Civilian Meritorious Service Awards, the AUSA Civilian of the Year Award, the Secretary of the Army Specialized Contracting Award, the Frank S. Besson Award, the Knight of the Honorable Order of St. Michael. She serves as the board chair for Athens state university and a member of the AUSA Civilian Advisory Committee.


Dickens said the reasoning behind her decision to set up the scholarship, came from her desire to offer young women an opportunity to obtain an education that will allow them to contribute to their chosen field and the country at large. “I would not have enjoyed the successes in my career if not for my outstanding education from Florida Tech”, she said.

Mary Jane and Richard Schnoor Fellowship


Type

Scholarship / Fellowship

Value

$1,309,257 (2021)

Year Established

2014

Purpose

Create a fellowship for graduate students studying Atmospheric and Marine Sciences in the Department of Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences. (GF000129)

Description

Recipients must be graduate students studying Atmopheric and Marine Sciences.


History

Richard H. Schnoor was born in Richmond Hill, New York on March 14th, 1931. He attended Brooklyn Technical High School and obtained a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from New York University. He was a retired Major in the US Air Force Reserve who worked at NASA and many other space programs and retired as Chief, Financial Management in 1986. Moreover, Schnoor was greatly involved with the United States Power Squadrons for 52 years where he served as Commander of the Titusville Squadron, District Commander for D/23 encompassing northeast Florida, and as Rear Commander. He was also a member of the Florida Fly Fishing Association and Cocoa Beach Squadron, where he was teaching several nautical classes. Schnoor served in different committees and as Chairman of the Board while he was involved with the United Way of Brevard County.

Furthermore, Schnoor was married to his high school sweetheart, Mary Jane Schnoor, for 57 years. Mary Jane was born on March 5th, 1933. She was a teacher and guidance counselor at Cocoa Beach High School, member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, the U.S. Power Squadron of Cocoa Beach, the Knights of Columbis Auxiliary, and the Florida Flyfishing Association.

Besides their passion to travel and going on cruises, the Schnoors had a long-lasting interest in marine science, navigation, oceanography, and environment issues. Therefore, after Richard passed away on March 20th, 2011, Mary Jane suggested to the squadron that a fitting memorial to his memory might be a scholarship for a student in the Department of Marine and Environmental Systems at Florida Institute of Technology. Mary Jane passed away on August 23rd, 2013.

Max, Edith and Robert Bisk Distinguished Chair of Business


Type

Faculty Chair

Value

$911,855 (2021)

Year Established

2009

Purpose

Partially fund the Max, Edith and Robert Bisk Distinguished Chair of Business. (GF000117)

Description

Professorship is academically assigned to the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business. 


History

Mazurek Legacy Endowment


Amy receiving her B.S. degree from President Keuper, June 1984 and David receiving his M.S. degree, June 1984

Type

Scholarship / Fellowship

Value

$111,470 (2021)

Year Established

2013

Purpose

To provide funds for undergraduate Civil Engineering student(s) (GF000212)

Description

Students who qualify for the Mazurek Legacy Endowment are undergraduate College of Engineering students majoring in Civil Engineering.  The student shall be a US citizen, in their junior or senior year with a mimimum GPA of 3.0, and be fully enrolled during the time the scholarship is awarded. 


Amy and David with son Jeff (a high school physics teacher) and daughter Rachel (another civil engineer!).

History

The Dr. David Mazurek and Amy Henshey Mazurek Scholarship in Civil Engineering

Mazurek Legacy Scholarship

Biography

Amy Henshey and David Mazurek were among the earliest students in the Civil Engineering Program at Florida Tech.  Amy earned her B.S. degree in 1984, and David, having completed his B.S. in Ocean Engineering in 1982, remained at FIT to earn his M.S. in Civil Engineering in 1984.  They were married in July 1984, and shortly thereafter both began employment at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, CT. 

 

While at Florida Tech, Amy was very active in the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), including serving as President, and was recognized as the Outstanding Civil Engineering Student of 1983 by the Florida Section of ASCE.  At Electric Boat, Amy worked in the Nuclear Engineering Department’s shock and vibration group, and in this capacity was involved in the design of the Seawolf-class submarine.  With the arrival of son Jeffrey in 1990 and daughter Rachel in 1994, Amy chose to leave Electric Boat to fully devote her time to their early development.  Once both children had entered grade school, Amy leveraged her Florida Tech education to teach parttime as an adjunct engineering faculty member at several area colleges.  She also pursued certification as a high school teacher and eventually accepted a fulltime position teaching physics at the Williams School in New London, CT.

 

While completing his master’s work at Florida Tech, David was encouraged to pursue a doctorate by his thesis advisor, Dr. Edward Kalajian (founder and program chair of Civil Engineering).  Following this advice, David earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at the University of Connecticut while employed by Electric Boat.  Shortly thereafter he entered academia, first teaching at Lafayette College before accepting a professorship in civil engineering at the United States Coast Guard Academy, where he has served for over 30 years.  His main area of research and professional work is in the area of railroad bridge engineering, and in conjunction with this he has served for many years on the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) technical committee for steel bridges.  He is also a co-author of several textbooks in the internationally-acclaimed Beer & Johnston engineering mechanics series.  David’s many honors include the Coast Guard Academy’s Distinguished Faculty Award, National Society of Professional Engineers’ Coast Guard Engineer of the Year, and Florida Tech’s Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award.  He is also a Fellow of ASCE and a Life Member of AREMA, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

 

Amy and David are most grateful to the faculty at Florida Tech for their inspiration and mentorship, and for providing the foundation and instilling the confidence necessary to pursue careers in civil engineering.  This endowment was established by Amy and David as a token of their sincere appreciation; it is hoped that it will provide meaningful financial assistance to hard-working undergraduate civil engineering students, and encourage them in their journey toward rich and fulfilling careers in this vital, public-serving profession.

Melissa Lee Christ Honorary Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$81,020 (2021)

Year Established

1998

Purpose

Scholarships to be awarded in honor of the granddaughter of Thomas and Lois McNamara: Melissa Lee Christ. (GF000047)

Description

Recipients must be full-time students in good academic standing. Preference for renewing to the same student.


History

Recipients:

2019                            Kaitlin Reed

2020                            Haley Murphy

2021                            Haley Murphy

Michael And Patricia Scafati Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$666,220 (2021)

Year Established

1997

Purpose

Scholarships for undergraduate students studying within Florida Tech's College of Business. (GF000051)

Description

This scholarship is administered by the Office of Financial Aid, selection of recipients is based on need and merit and preference is given to renewing the same students. Recipient must be a full-time undergraduate student; must remain in good academic standing.


History

Mike Scafati grew up in the Boston area and earned his BA in Political Science from UMass Amherst where he served in the ROTC. His wife, Pat, is from Hadley, Mass (a small town near Amherst). Shortly after proposing to Pat, Mike was called for military service and instead of being sent to Italy as originally anticipated, he was called for service in Viet Nam. He offered Pat the chance to change her mind, but she did not.

Mike spent a year in Viet Nam and afterwards, the military invited him to pick a location to be stationed. He requested “the East Coast” thinking he’d be in the northeast but instead he was stationed in Melbourne, Florida and he taught in Florida Tech’s ROTC program. They liked the area and remained through the late 60’s and early 70’s.

Mike had always wanted to be a financial advisor and did practice interviewing during his military training days toward that goal. Finally, he clipped an ad for recruits at Edwards Financial and two months later, made the call and secured a job launching his career.

Eventually opportunity knocked and he was drawn to St. Louis to work in the main Edwards offices. During his tenure there, he remained through several purchases and retired after 40 years with the company.

Mike has served over two decades on Florida Tech’s Board of Trustees and enjoyed returning to Melbourne where he’d always kept a home. Despite his time in the northeast and the Midwest, he has said that he feels like a native of Melbourne and has seen the community grow and change over time.

Mike and Pat have two children, a boy and a girl, both of whom are in the finance and investment industry.

Together they have funded the Michael and Patricia Scafati Scholarship, one of the largest of Florida Tech’s endowed scholarship funds.

Recipients:

2000                            William J. Hackney

2001                            William J. Hackney

2002                            Daniel Ryan Gish

2003                            Daniel Ryan Gish

2004                            Michael T. Theret

2005                            Glen John

                                        Scott E. Gibb

2006                            Kemble Li Ng

2007                            Kemble Li Ng

2008                            Kemble Li Ng

2009                            Antonio Castillo

                                        Sebastian Moreno

2010                            Errol Isaac

2011                            Nadine Hanafi

                                        Jarrett Van Pelt

2012                            Kraig Charles Clabough

2013                            Kraig Charles Clabough

                                        Daphne Haven Laino

2014                            Clay Andrew Myers

                                        Brock Corbin Bontrager

2015                            Desmond Octavious Mangal

                                        Jessica Lynn Sexton

2016                            Desmond Octavious Mangal

                                        Theodora Fotia-Marie Barbour

                                        Jessica Lynn Sexton

                                        Michael Joseph Camilli

2017                            Jerry Lamar Collins

                                        Desmond Octavious Mangal

                                        Theodora Fotia-Marie Barbour

                                        Giancarlo Ojeda Sanjurjo

                                        Michael Joseph Camilli

2018                            Jerry Lamar Collins

                                        Kai Allen Odle

                                        Brittany Elizabeth Bailer

                                        Brandon Michael Gerorge Stern

                                        Amanda Kekic

                                        Yvette Michelle Caswell

2019                            Brittany Bailer

                                        Taylor Greene

                                        Marcus Farley

                                        Peter Wilkins

                                        Gabriel Iocovozzi

                                        Katelyn Jacobsen

2020                            Furaha Merritt

                                        Alexander Burton

                                        Peter Wilkins

                                        Michael Amore

                                        Gabriel Iocovozzi

                                        Dalton Gadapee

2021                            Michael Amore

                                        Alexander Burton

                                        Gabriel Iocovozzi

Michael E Keller Memorial Scholarship for Instrumentation Engineering


Type

Scholarship / Fellowship

Value

$25,000 (2021)

Year Established

2021

Purpose

Provide scholarship support for electrical engineering students. (GF000443)

Description

This fund will be awarded to electrical engineering students who are U.S. citizens and maintain good academic standing as determined by the Financial Aid Office each year.


History

Michael E. Keller was born in Bad Grund, Germany to Franz Keller and Gisela Hoffmann Keller. He immigrated to the United States with his family as a child. He was a 1969 graduate of Boston Latin School and held undergraduate and graduate degrees in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University.

Michael spent his career as an Electronics Test Engineer working for Honeywell, Raytheon and Gemini, among others. He worked on Air Force Command and Control Systems as a contractor for the Air Force. He was also the Executive Director of the American Society of Test Engineers (ASTE) for nearly 20 years. Before the Internet became what it is today, the ASTE worked to provide test engineers with the knowledge needed to find the correct test platforms, define test strategies and help the engineers with ways to justify their projects to management. ASTE published a quarterly newsletter on these subjects as well as recruited consultants to assist test engineers.

Michael's avocation was music. He was a proud member of the Boston Philharmonic's violin section for thirty-six years. With the Philharmonic he played numerous concerts including several at Symphony Hall, Boston and Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York.

Sadly, Michael passed away in September 2020 from ALS complications.

Bob Stasonis, a former officer for the American Society of Test Engineers (ASTE), worked with Florida Tech to coordinate the creation of the Michael E Keller Memorial Scholarship for Instrumentation Engineering.

To make a donation to the Michael E Keller Memorial Scholarship for Instrumentation Engineering, please click here.

Michael Flammio Scholarship Endowment


Type

General Endowment

Value

$526,756 (2021)

Year Established

1999

Purpose

Scholarships in memory of Michael Flammio. (GF000053)

Description

This scholarship is administered by the Office of Financial Aid. Recipient must be a full-time student; must be in and remain in academic good standing; awarded based on merit and need; preference given to renewal to the same student.


History

Mrs. Krishna Devi Sharma Fellowship Endowment


Mrs. Krishna Devi Sharma

Type

Scholarship / Fellowship

Value

$35,511 (2021)

Year Established

2013

Purpose

Offer fellowships to graduate students pursuing PhD's in the field of Chemistry. (GF000121)

Description

Students must be in good academic standing and pursing graduate studies in the field of Chemistry. Preference will be given to renewing to the same student. 


Dr. Virender K. Sharma

History

Mrs. Krishna Devi Sharma born in Polia Prohitan in Himachal Pradesh, India.  She did not have the opportunity to be formally educated, but she was a highly evolved and unusually intelligent person.  With strong values, she brought up her five children with discipline and encouraged them to get a college education.  All of her children received college degrees, first in the three generations of Mrs. Sharma’s family.  One of her youngest children, Virender Sharma, graduated with a doctorate degree in chemistry of natural waters in the United States and came up with the idea to honor Mrs. Sharma with the theme of her teaching “Good things bring good results.” First, Virender dedicated his book to her, published by Wiley Inc. (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/book/10.1002/9781118482469).  Money earned from the book allowed Virender to create this endowment.  Virender raised additional funds to establish this endowment in her name at the Florida Institute of Technology. 

The goal of the endowment is to award a graduate student in chemistry with preference to first generation who excel in research through high impact journal article publication. 

Nathan M. Bisk College of Business Endowment


Type

General Endowment

Value

$2,066,651 (2021)

Year Established

2009

Purpose

Fund online improvements and overall quality improvements in Nathan M. Bisk College of Business. (GF000118)

Description

Using funds requires Provost approval.


History

Nathan M. Bisk was born on March 16th, 1940 in Newark, NJ. Along with his sister Irene, Nathan was the first to graduate from college in his family. He attended Franklin and Marshall College and obtained his BA in Accounting in 1962. His professional career started at Ernst and Young where he served on the auditing staff. Then, he worked at S.D. Leidersdorf & Co., and at Arthur Andersen, and he was involved in auditing and taxation for corporate clients. From 1966-1971, he worked at Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith as a merger and acquisition specialist and salesperson and graduated from their Executive Management Program.

In 1967, he married the love of his life, Barbara, who he met in New York City. In 1970, they welcomed their first child, Michael, and, one year later, moved to Gainesville, Fl, where Nathan attended law school and Barbara continued her career as a teacher. While in law school, Nathan founded Bisk Education to offer seminars to help people prepare for the CPA exam. In 1972, Barbara and Nathan had their second child, Alison. Nathan received his Juris Doctor degree in 1973 from the University of Florida College of Law.

“He pioneered distance learning from cassette tapes to online education and grew the company from humble beginning in our garage to hundred of employees supporting thousand of students around the world,” said Mike Bisk, current CEO of Bisk, as a tribute to his father and Bisk’s founder. Nowadays, Bisk is the leading online program management company in the country, it employs more than 750 people, and has expedite over a million enrollments of university partners.

Nathan served on the Board of Trustees at Florida Tech, Board of Overseers at the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business at Florida Tech, which was named in his honor, and Board of Governors of the Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law School. He was a member of the Florida Bar, American Bar Association, AICPA, American Association of Attorney-CPAs, and Florida Institute of CPAs. Additionally, he was significantly involved in several philanthropic organization around Florida.

Nathan passed on March 6th, 2017, at the age of 76 and is remembered as “a devoted family man and tenacious entrepreneur who was respected, admired, and loved by all who knew him. He was a man of faith, loyalty, strong will and determination who formed lifelong friendships.”

The family has contributed over $7 million to Florida Tech since 2006.

 

NDTA Space Coast Chapter Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$77,375 (2021)

Year Established

2000

Purpose

Scholarships for students studying Aeronautics. (GF000068)

Description

Recipients will be selected by the College or Aeronautics Scholarship/Fellowship committee and Financial Aid. Recipient must have a 3.0 GPA, and be an undergraduate in the College of Aeronautics. Preference given to renewing the scholarship award to the same student in successive years.


History

Recipients:

2019                            Joseph Marang

2020                            Joseph Marang

2021                            Joseph Marang

Neil Branam-Lefkove Memorial Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$44,816 (2021)

Year Established

2011

Purpose

Scholarships for undergraduate students majoring in Electrical Engineering of Computer Engineering. (GF000103)

Description

Recipients must be a sophomore, junior, or senior who has filied a FAFSA with Florida Tech's Office of Financial Aid. Students must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.2 or higher; must have a declared major of Electrical or Computer Engineering.


History

Recipients:

2019                Cyril-Anthony Connor

2020                Cyril-Anthony Connor

2021                Rauly Baggett

Northrop Grumman George M. Skurla Engineering Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$343,672 (2021)

Year Established

2002

Purpose

Scholarships for undergraduate students enrolled in Florida Tech's College of Engineering. (GF000174)

Description

Recipient must be a full-time student enrolled in the College of Engineering. Student must remain in good academic standing. Scholarships shall be awarded based on need and merit. Preference is given to rewnewing to the same student.


History

Recipients:

2019         Daniel Owen, Matthew Swaringam, Elijah Dury, and Natalie Gadelrab

2020         Nickolas Heysler, Shamar Clement, Matthew Swaringam, and Isabel Marquette

2021         Nickolas Heysler and Adli Sullivan

Northrop Grumman Scholarship In Engineering Studies


Type

General Endowment

Value

$162,187 (2021)

Year Established

1998

Purpose

Scholarships for undergraduate students enrolled in Florida Tech's College of Engineering. (GF000046)

Description

Scholarship recipients must be full-time students enrolled in the College of Engineering and remain in good academic standing. Schoalrships shall be awarded based on need and merit. Preference is given to renewing the scholarship to the same student.


History

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems started this endowment in 1998 at Florida Tech under the name; Northrop Grumman Scholarship in Engineering Studies Endowed Fund. The initial donation was $50,000 in which F.W. Olin Foundation matched it totaling an amount of $100,000. In addition, Northrop Grumman donated $5,000 more to the fund in June 18, 2009.

Recipients:

2000                            John Michael Horn

2001                           

2002                            Noel G. Plamondon

2003                            Noel G. Plamondon

2004                            Noel G. Plamondon

2005                            Noel G. Plamondon

2006                            Pierce M. Louderback

                                        Christopher V. Maher

2007                            Pierce M. Louderback

                                        Christopher V. Maher

2008                            Pierce M. Louderback

                                        Edward Oyarce

2009                            Keith Johnson

                                        Edward Oyarce

2010                            Keith Johnson

2011                            Keith Johnson

2012                            Justin Andrew Williamson

2013                            Kyle Matthew Eberly

2014                            John Daniel Bocinsky

2015                            John Daniel Bocinsky

2016                            John Daniel Bocinsky

2017                            Lucia Margarita Lopez

2018                            Lucia Margarita Lopez

2019                           

2020                            Conner Delanoy

2021                            Conner Delanoy                                       

                                        Zachary Gross

Northrop Grumman Student Design Endowment


Type

General Endowment

Value

$1,758,120 (2021)

Year Established

2008

Purpose

Support the College of Engineering student design projects. (GF000125)

Description

The funds will support the purchase of materials for the projects and the fees necessary to compete on a national scale. Endowment earnings will be used at the discretion of the Dean of the College of Engineering.


History

On October 31st, 2008 as part of the Florida Institute of Technology 50th anniversary celebration campaign, Northrop Grumman pledged $1 million dollars toward the creation of Florida Tech’s first student design endowment. The design endowment, known as Northrop Grumman Student Design Endowment, has supported students from the College of Engineering by providing relief in the purchasing of design materials and competition fees.
 
According to Tom Vice, then sector vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, “We're honored to establish a $1 million endowment at the Florida Institute of Technology to support the annual student showcase. This endowment is a natural extension of Northrop Grumman's commitment to getting young people interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs.”

NorthStar Capital Management Endowed Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$57,072 (2021)

Year Established

2003

Purpose

Award tuition scholarships to undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll in Florida Tech's School of Management. (GF000081)

Description

Recipients will be selected by the Office of Financial Aid; must be full-time student enrolled or planning to enroll in the School of Management; must be and remain in good academic standing; shall be awarded on the basis of merit and need. Preference given to renewal to the same student.


History

Recipients:

2019                            Clayton Scheuermann

2020                            Demetrios Droumbalas

2021                            Graziela Encarnacion

Ortega Endowment for Astronomy and Astrophysics


Type

General Endowment

Value

$1,642,459 (2021)

Year Established

2006

Purpose

Fund the Ortega Professorship in Astronomy, the Ortega Fellowship for graduate students in Astronomy, the Ortega Scholarships for undergraduate students in Astronomy, and the Ortega Lecture Series. (GF000127)

Description

Recipients must be a U.S. citizen enrolled at Florida Tech to study Astronomy.


History

Paul Andre Hermansen Endowed Memorial Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$3,234,640 (2021)

Year Established

1997

Purpose

Scholarships for students enrolled at Florida Tech. (GF000040)

Description

The recipients will be selected by the Office of Financial Aid. Students will be chosen based on need and merit with preference given to Brevard County students who share Paul's qualities such as, kindness, thoughtfulness, and desire to help others. The requisite qualities can best be determined by interviews*, reference letters*, teachers and others who know the student well. Awards recipients may continue to receive the scholarship each year until they graduate or leave the university. No specific GPA is required, but the recipient must demonstrate satisfactory academic progress towards a degree.


History

By the age of 20, when most young adults are just beginning to blossom as individuals, Paul André Hermansen was already a seasoned traveler who had studied abroad. He took to different cultures easily and had studied several languages.

In both his personal life and his academic endeavors, Paul's activities were marked by an innate drive to experience the world, its cultures, languages and people. He enjoyed skiing in Colorado, salmon fishing in Norway, and scuba diving in the Caribbean and off the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. He spent two summers sudying in Europe, firs in Aix-En Provence, France and later at the International Summer School of the University of Oslo in Norway. He also spent a semester studying at the U.N. headquarters in New York City.

A global thinker with strong convictions, Paul's educational interests gravitated toward international studies, international relations and ecology. He also studied French, German, Japanese, Norwegian and other Scandanavian languages.

Because of his concern for the ongoing struggle for human rights around the world, Paul had committed himself to improving the quality of life on our planet. Before his untimely death--the result of a tragic accident--Paul had made plans to study law and major in international human rights.

With his passion for fair play and his compassion for people, Paul would no doubt have made an excellent champion for human rights. However, nothing Paul could have accomplished would ever shine as brightly as Paul himself. Funny, endearing, sweet and steadfast--Paul had a gift for kindness, which he generously bestowed upon all who knew him. His existence has already made our world a better place.

--From the Paul André Hermansen Memorial 

"His smile was so big and bright...One hug from Paul would melt all my troubles and burdens away. I knew that even on the worst days if I could just get a hug from Paul, everything would be okay.

Paul restored my faith in human beings and made me realize that genuinely caring for people my age really do exist."

Buffy Longmire, friend and schoolmate

Paul L. Chell Endowment in Memory of Jerome P. Keuper COA


Type

General Endowment

Value

$354,938 (2021)

Year Established

2008

Purpose

Scholarships for students within the College of Aeronautics. (GF000090)

Description

Recipients of this scholarship can be an undergraduate or graduate student within the College of Aeronautics. The Dean of the College of Aeronautics will choose the recipients.


History

Paul Chell was born January 23, 1922 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he attended the University of Minnesota to study mechanical engineering and business administration. World War II intervened. He became an aircraft inspector and joined the Army Air Corps in 1942. He received his pilot's license in 1943 and spent 19 months as a pilot and flight test maintenance officer in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. During this time he flew 19 combat missions.

After the war, Paul left the Army Air Corps to return to the University of Minnesota where he met his wife of 65 years, Lois Chell. He rejoined the Air Force to become one of the "Wright Stuff" test pilots at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. He was a project manager for the F-88 and F-101. During his flying career, he flew 64 different types of aircraft and 93 different models of airplanes. Paul was a life member of The Society of Experimental Test Pilots and also was a member of the Institute of the Aerospace Sciences.

Paul later directed the Air Force Space Study Program in the middle and late 1950's while stationed at Andrews AFB and the Pentagon. His involvement with research and development in the space program led to his last military assignment at the Air Force Eastern Test Range at

Patrick Air Force Base in 1965. In 1988 Paul started the Indialantic Rotary Book Program which shipped medical and technical books and professional journals around the world. More than 225,000 books and about 154,000 journals have been delivered to Rotary Clubs for distribution in 14 countries. A third project he started was to supply donated FPL telephone poles to provide osprey nesting sites.

Paul enjoyed golf at Suntree Country Club, where he and his wife, Lois, were early members. He was a talented musician who played the piano and organ. Paul also was a sailor, fisherman and crabber. On August 11th, 2012, Paul passed away at the age of 90.

Paul and Lois established two endowed scholarship funds at Florida Tech--one for students in the College of Aeronautics and the other for Engineering

Paul L. Chell Endowment in Memory of Jerome P. Keuper COE


Type

General Endowment

Value

$154,002 (2021)

Year Established

2008

Purpose

Scholarships for students within the College of Engineering (GF000179)

Description

Recipients can be an undergraduate of graduate student within the College of Engineering. The Dean of the College of Engineering will make final decision on recipients.


History

Paul Chell was born January 23, 1922 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he attended the University of Minnesota to study mechanical engineering and business administration. World War II intervened. He became an aircraft inspector and joined the Army Air Corps in 1942. He received his pilot's license in 1943 and spent 19 months as a pilot and flight test maintenance officer in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. During this time he flew 19 combat missions.

After the war, Paul left the Army Air Corps to return to the University of Minnesota where he met his wife of 65 years, Lois Chell. He rejoined the Air Force to become one of the "Wright Stuff" test pilots at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. He was a project manager for the F-88 and F-101. During his flying career, he flew 64 different types of aircraft and 93 different models of airplanes. Paul was a life member of The Society of Experimental Test Pilots and also was a member of the Institute of the Aerospace Sciences.

Paul later directed the Air Force Space Study Program in the middle and late 1950's while stationed at Andrews AFB and the Pentagon. His involvement with research and development in the space program led to his last military assignment at the Air Force Eastern Test Range at

Patrick Air Force Base in 1965. In 1988 Paul started the Indialantic Rotary Book Program which shipped medical and technical books and professional journals around the world. More than 225,000 books and about 154,000 journals have been delivered to Rotary Clubs for distribution in 14 countries. A third project he started was to supply donated FPL telephone poles to provide osprey nesting sites.

Paul enjoyed golf at Suntree Country Club, where he and his wife, Lois, were early members. He was a talented musician who played the piano and organ. Paul also was a sailor, fisherman and crabber. On August 11th, 2012, Paul passed away at the age of 90.

Paul and Lois established two endowed scholarship funds at Florida Tech--one for students in the College of Aeronautics and the other for Engineering

Phebus Family Scholarship Endowment


Type

General Endowment

Value

$745,165 (2021)

Year Established

1997

Purpose

Award one of more full tuition scholarships to undergraduate students. (GF000057)

Description

Scholarship is to be used for full-time students solely based on merit. Applicants must submit an essay meeting the following criteria listed in the MOU. Potential new recipients of the scholarship will be identified by Admissions and final selection done by the Office of Financial Aid. Preference given to renewing to the same student in successive years provided the student maintains a GPA that qualifies for the Dean's List and student demonstrates involvement in campus activities.


History

Mr. and Mrs. Phebus donated $200,000 in 1997 to create the endowment called “Phebus Family Scholarship Endowment Fund”. The donation was matched by the F.W Olin Foundation. The purpose of the fund is to award one or more full tuition scholarships to undergraduate students.

Recipients:

2001                            Coleen Olivia Lewis

2002                            Kevin W. Green

2003                            Kevin W. Green

2004                            Kevin W. Green

2005                            Kevin W. Green

2006                            Timothy Robert Lamb

2007                            Timothy Robert Lamb

2008                            Kelly Johansen

2009                            Kelly M. Johansen

2010                            Howard A. Lovejoy

2011                            Howard A. Lovejoy

2012                            Howard A. Lovejoy

2013                            Howard A. Lovejoy

2014                            Kristoffer Daniel Cruz

2015                            Kristoffer Daniel Cruz

2016                            Joseph Michotek

2017                            Devon Dade McMahon

2018                            Shelley Marie Mitchell

                                        Wesley Howell

2019                            Wesley Howell                                      

                                        Michael Heath

2020                            Loghan Ashline

2021                            Loghan Ashline

Phi Kappa Phi Chapter Scholarship Fund


Type

General Endowment

Value

$25,000 (2021)

Year Established

2020

Purpose

Income from this fund will support an annual one-year scholarship for PKP undergraduate or graduate student(s) based on merit and selected by the PKP committee. (GF000445)

Description


History

Philip and Eloise Kalker Family Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$46,442 (2021)

Year Established

2001

Purpose

Provide scholarships for undergraduate students at Florida Tech. (GF000149)

Description

Recipient is chosen by the Office of Financial Aid. Recipient smust be full-time students; must be in and remain in good academic standing; awarded based on merit and need; preference given to renewal to the same student.


History

Recipients:

2019                            Ajani Gordon  

2020                            Ajani Gordon

2021                            Ajani Gordon

Physics and Space Sciences Program Endowment


Type

General Endowment

Value

$30,899 (2021)

Year Established

1997

Purpose

Support the instructional program of Physics and Space Sciences. (GF000140)

Description

This endowment supports instructional program, may be used to support students with travel to present research results at science meetings, purchase equipment to support the teaching mission and to provide other instructional equipment or resources to strengthen the department.


History

President's Scholarship Fund


Type

General Endowment

Value

$331,393 (2021)

Year Established

2004

Purpose

Provide scholarship support for outstanding current or prospective students enrolled in Florida Tech. (GF000077)

Description

Recipient must be a current or prospective full-time student pursuing a degree; shall be awarded on the basis of merit and need; preference may be given to newnewing the scholarship to the same student in successive semesters. 


History

Proctor Entrepreneurial Endowment Fund


Type

General Endowment

Value

$133,859 (2021)

Year Established

2012

Purpose

Provide financial support for entrepreneurship and business education at Florida Tech. (GF000178)

Description

Types of efforts that can be funded include business incubator activities and support for early-stage business; Collegiate Entrepreneurial Competition support for Florida Tech students and faculty; other entrepreneurial efforts deemed important by the Dean of the College of Business.


History

Protestant Campus Ministry Endowment


Type

General Endowment

Value

$363,131 (2021)

Year Established

1999

Purpose

Support of Protestant Campus Ministry. (GF000162)

Description

Funds can be used for partial payment of the Chaplain's salary, scholarships for Christian Florida Tech students, speakers, and provide a direct link between students and local churches.


History

Psychology Science Endowment


Type

General Endowment

Value

$66,490 (2021)

Year Established

2010

Purpose

The mission of this endowment it to effectively inform the public about the science of psychology, the value and importance of psychological research and its applicability to people's lives. (GF000131)

Description

Endowment is used to support a stipend for a post graduate student in the field of Psychology. Recipient must be in good academic standing. A committee of Psychology Faculty will select an appropriate person to be able to effectively fulfill the aims of the project.


History

Ravindran Palaniyandi, M.D. and Ambika Ravindran Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$163,651 (2021)

Year Established

2004

Purpose

Scholarship awards to senior students and graduate students at Florida Tech. (GF000084)

Description

This scholarship is administered by the Office of Financial Aid. Recipients must be a senior of graduate student; must have a minimum GPA of 3.0; must demonstrate financial need.


History

On December 20th, 2004, Dr. Ravindran Palaniyandi, MD and Ambika Palaniyandi established a $100,000 scholarship endowment to support Florida Tech students in need of financial support.
 
Dr. Palaniyandi and Ambika have been outstanding and active members of the community. Dr. Palaniyandi, MD is a cardiologist in Port Saint John, Florida, affiliated with several hospitals in the area. Mrs. Palaniyandi was recognized as a FLORIDA TODAY’s Citizen of the Year finalist. Some of her efforts include founding the Women’s Center North Guild and acting as an activist for the Space Coast Center for Mothers with Children as well as supporting Brevard Schools. In addition, she has helped to raise thousands for Supply Zone for Teachers and help to build a thrift shop benefiting the North Guild.
 
The scholarship will help to benefit Florida Tech students and allow them to continue their academic education with more ease.

 

Richard and Teresa McNeight Endowed Fellowship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$208,154 (2021)

Year Established

2007

Purpose

Fellowships for graduate students enrolled in the College of Engineering that have an interest in expanding their knowledge of business, management and entrepreneurship. (GF000095)

Description

Recipient must be a U.S. citizen; must be a graduate student enrolled in the College of Engineering, studying one of the engineering disciplines; interested students will write a 500 word essay that outlines why they are interested in learning about the business world and submit it to the COE Dean's office.


History

Robert A. Schilling Paravant Computer Systems Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$90,178 (2021)

Year Established

1998

Purpose

Scholarships for Paravant (now DRS Tactical Systems 2000) employees and their dependents studying under any college within the University or any student studying in the College of Engineering if a Paravant employee/ dependent is not chosen. (GF000153)

Description

Recipient must be a full-time student enrolled in any area of study (if nominated by Paravant) or enrolled in the College of Engineering (if not nominated by Paravant). Recipient must be in and remain in good academic standing at Florida Tech. Preference will be given to renewing the scholarship with the current recipient until graduation.


History

In August of 1998, Paravant Computer Systems made a pledge of $25,000 to the Campaign for a Rising Star designated to establishing a new scholarship endowment at Florida Tech. This was presented in March 2002, upon the final payment to the Olin Foundation for their match.

The purpose of the endowment is to provide scholarships in the memory of their employee, Robert A. Shilling. Employees of Paravant Computer Systems or their dependents were preferenced if they applied to Florida Tech.

Paravant Computers Systems Inc (Paravant) was a US manufacturer of rugged portable computers and communication interfaces that were utilized in outdoor environments and in the medical marketplace. Paravant specialized in customized portable and handheld computers. Paravant's products were sold to the military establishments of the US and other countries. They also sold to other government agencies and civil customers.

On 9 October 1998 Paravant acquired Engineering Development Laboratories Inc and Signal Technology Laboratories Inc. At the time, the company was based in Melbourne (Florida, US). In October 2002 Paravant was acquired by DRS Technologies Inc.

 

Robert L. Long Professorship in Ethics


Type

Faculty Chair

Value

$1,276,988 (2021)

Year Established

2002

Purpose

Funds are to be used in support of a Chair in Ethics within the College of Business. (GF000157)

Description

Funds are to be used to provide compensation and benefits for a faculty member who holds the designated Chair in Ethics; provide travel, advertising, and publication coverage for the Chair; provides funds to support purposes related to the Chair deemed necessary by the Dean of the College of Business.


History

Robert L. Long was born in 1937. For 30 years, slowly but surely, he was able to build a career at Tennessee Eastman Chemical and at Eastman Kodak in Rochester, New York, where he started as an engineer and climbed up to senior Vice President. In 1992, he retired and moved to Melbourne Beach where he was very active in the community, worked as a strategy planning consultant to several CEOs and investors, and served Florida Institute of Technology as a Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2006.

Long died on 2006 and is remembered as an “intelligent individual who listened intently and displayed an uncanny ability to cut right to the heart of the issue being discussed. He was adept at working through extraneous information and engaging in critical thinking”, said his friend Roger Manley, distinguished professor who served for more than 30 years to Florida Tech.

Ruth Funk Museum Endowment Fund


Type

General Endowment

Value

$48,622 (2021)

Year Established

2018

Purpose

Protect and support the University's ability to enhance the academic experience for all Florida Tech students by providing opportunities to interact with art. (GF000159)

Description

Funds from this endowment are used to support the Funk Museum at Florida Tech and to help ensure continued operations as an integral part of the education of students.


History

Sant Ram Sharma Endowment In Chemistry


Mr. Sant Ram Sharma

Type

General Endowment

Value

$471,041 (2021)

Year Established

2000

Purpose

Designated to support research in Department of Chemistry at Florida Tech initially for research being conducted by Dr. V. K. Sharma then new research projects in the future years. (GF000134)

Description

Donor specifies support for Sharma Project (Environmental Chemistry). In future years endowment income will be available to initiate and support new research in the Chemistry Department.


Dr. Virender K. Sharma

History

Dr. Virender K. Sharma, originally from India, obtained his bachelor’s and one of his master’s degrees from the University of Delhi in 1980 and 1982, respectively. In 1984, he received his other master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, and his PhD from University of Miami in 1989.

Dr. Sharma was a faculty at Florida Tech for over 13 years (1999-2013). Dr. Sharma is currently a Professor at the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health (SPH), Texas A&M University.  He is also serving as the Director of the Program of Environment and Sustainability of the SPH.  Dr. Sharma has made seminal contributions in the areas of chemistry and environmental applications of ferrates. Dr. Sharma has also made key contributions in elucidating stabilization and toxicity of natural nanoparticles in an aquatic environment, resulting in an impact on human and ecological health. He has published more than 320 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Sharma has also published 55 book chapters, 36 proceedings, and authored/edited 8 books. His distinguished awards include Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Bush Excellence Award for International Research, Faculty Excellence in Research by Florida Tech, Outstanding Chemist by the American Chemical Society (Orlando Section), Outstanding Distinguish Scientist Award by Sigma Xi (Texas A&M University Chapter), International Fellowship awarded by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Invited Professorship by University of Paris, France.

This endowment was named in honor of his father, Sant Ram Sharma, to support departmental research.

Sant Ram Sharma

Mr. Sant Ram Sharma was born in Gondpur Banehra in Himachal Pradesh, India. His childhood was spent in hardship at the time of World War I and his mother always taught him the values of hard work, integrity, honesty, and ethics.  He was the first among eight siblings who earned a two-year college degree before World war II.  Mr. Sharma passed his values to his five children and all received at least undergraduate degrees.   He appreciated the virtues of education and was a daily reader of newspapers.  In reading and listening to the news, he was amazed and excited throughout his life about the creativity of research that improves the quality of life for human beings.  He learned early in his life the importance of research and encouraged his children to pursue higher education.  One of his youngest children, Virender Sharma graduated with a doctorate degree in chemistry of natural waters in the United States.  Dr. Sharma received research funding from a non-profit organization, which allowed him to establish an endowment in the memory of his father, Sant Ram Sharma.  This income from the endowment can be utilized for pursuing Mr. Sharma’s values for improving the quality of life through innovative research in the field of chemistry.  

Sarkis Acopian Endowment For A Chair In Environmental Education


Type

Faculty Chair

Value

$1,791,259 (2021)

Year Established

1990

Purpose

Create environmental awareness and promote environmental ethics for Florida Tech students. (GF000137)

Description


History

Sarkis Acopian was born on December 8th, 1926 in Iran. In 1945, he left the country and came to the United States to pursue a degree in engineering at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. While he was in college, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served two tours. In one of them, he met Bobbye Seitze Mixon, who later became his wife. Acopian graduated from college in 1951 and started his professional career as an engineer at Weller Electric Corp.

His entrepreneurship mindset led him to start his own business. In 1957, he not only designed and manufactured the first ever solar radio but, along with a partner, Acopian also opened a small shop that eventually became Acopian Technical Company, which is still operating today. 

Acopian’s success combined with his kindness and civic mind, were the reason why he gave back to society in numerous occasions. He made significant donations to The Acopian Engineering Center at Lafayette College, The Acopian Center for Conservation Learning at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, The Acopain Center for Ornithology at Muhlenberg, and endowed an environmental education program at the American University of Armenia and Florida Institute of Technology. The list goes on, he donated to the Armenian General Benevolent Union, the Embassy of Armenia in Canada, the Diocese of The Armenian Church of America, Columbia University, The Children’s Home of Easton, among others. Not done yet, he is the largest individual donor to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., and was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the St. Gregory the Illuminator Medal, and an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Muhlenberg College.

Aside from his professional career and philanthropic donations, Acopian’s hobbies had some degree of danger. He jumped out of an airplane over 250 times, enjoyed scuba diving, and got his pilot’s license to do tricks over Blue Mountain.

Sarkis Acopian passed away on January 18th, 2007 at his home in Easton, Pennsylvania, at the age of 80.

Acopian Chairs

1992 - Present: Tom Marcinkowski

Save Our Bay, Air, and Canals/Waterways, Inc. (SOBAC) Endowed Fellowship


Type

Scholarship / Fellowship

Value

$55,287 (2021)

Year Established

2006

Purpose

Fellowship awards to graduate students studying Environmental Resources Management with an emphasis on air and water quality. (GF000108)

Description

Recipient of the fellowship(s) will be selected by the faculty of DMES with approval of the Dean of the College of Engineering. Women will be particularly encouraged to apply.


History

School of Psychology Endowment


Type

General Endowment

Value

$431,832 (2021)

Year Established

1999

Purpose

Support Florida Tech's School of Psychology. (GF000130)

Description

Funds are used at the discretion of the Dean of the School of Psychology and will be used to provide instructional and research resources for the School of Psychology; to enable the School to undertake community service; to provide technological and electronic resources; to make faculty development opportunities available; to assist psychology students with financial need; to compensate students who engage in the School's community services; to pay expenses related to support of faculty and students and community service.


History

Scott Matthew Sindel Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$41,311 (2021)

Year Established

2014

Purpose

Scholarships for upperclassman with financial need in good academic status with satisfactory academic progress. (GF000142)

Description

Preference given to students who have participated in Florida Tech campus-life student activities or who are active within the community. Preference given to renewing to the same student in subsequent years.


History

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Scott Sindel's love for aviation began at an early age of two, when his grandfather took him to Port Columbus International Airport every Sunday morning to watch airplanes. As he grew up, anytime a plane passed overhead, Scott’s head instinctively lifted and gazed skyward. At the age of 17, Scott began flying lessons. As part of his Senior Class project at New Albany High School, he documented his progression from student pilot to a licensed private pilot. He earned his private pilot’s license in the spring of 2000. After graduating high school in 2000, Scott enrolled in Flight Operations degree program at Daniel Webster College in Nashua, New Hampshire. In 2002, during his sophomore year of college, Scott enrolled in Aviation Management at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida, without his parents knowing. Scott progressed rapidly, earning multiple ratings and licenses. He graduated with honors in 2004 and became a Flight Instructor at FIT Aviation, training students in both single and multi-engine aircraft. After 18 months of instructing, he was hired by ExpressJet Airlines where he flew Embraer 135-145 regional jet aircraft. In November of 2006, Scott was hired by Spirit Airlines, flying the Airbus A319, A320, and A321 series aircraft.

In 2003, while attending Florida Institute of Technology, Scott was diagnosed with Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma, a rare form of cancer. After receiving treatment, he was able to regain his FAA medical certificate. In 2007, he was told his cancer had returned. Once again, Scott was told he was unable to fly. His determination to get back to his passion led him around the country seeking treatments for this disease until finally in November 2013, the FAA granted Scott his medical and returned to Spirit Airlines. Unfortunately, after two months of training and only sixteen days of duty, Scott’s cancer returned once again. Scott fought cancer for nearly 12 years until his passing on July 12th, 2014 at the age of 32, surrounded by friends and family. Scott was loved by many and will be greatly missed by all.

Recipients:

2019                            Nicolas Duboc

2020                            Nicco Perrotti

2021                            Nicco Perrotti

Shirley Mataxis Slack Engineering Scholarship for Women Athletes


Type

General Endowment

Value

$109,583 (2021)

Year Established

1997

Purpose

Scholarships for female athlete-scholars enrolled or applying to any area of Engineering. (GF000059)

Description

This scholarship is administered by the Office of Financial Aid. Recipients must be a female athlete within the College of Engineering who qualifies for financial assistance. Preference may be given to those with interest or involvment in crew and/or those students from miliary families.


History

John Slack was born in Burning Sands Springs, Oklahoma. He graduated with a bachelor degree from Oklahoma State and a graduate degree Colorado University.

John knew early in his life that he wanted to serve his county. He served, after college, for several years in the Air Force. Then, because of his exceptional skills, he went to work at the National Security Agency; rising to several executive level positions. Following his NSA Service, he was selected to be Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence during the Carter Administration.

In retirement from government service, John couldn't resist the opportunities and lifestyle offered in Florida. He became a successful entrepreneur and brought fresh life and success to more than one defense electronics organization. More importantly, John, along with many friends, became a staunch supporter of many Brevard County Charitable organizations and activities. He proudly served on the Board of Trustees for Florida Tech, for 20 years.

John and his wife Shirley have been long time donors to Florida Tech, they gave the bronze panther statue that sits out front of the pool and dinning hall for the whole campus to see. Shirley also established the Shirley Mataxis Slack Engineering Scholarship for Women Athletes, which supports female athletes from the College of Engineering. Preference may be given to those with interest or involvement in crew and/or those students from military families. They are also supporters of Florida Tech’s Scott Center for Autism Treatment.

Recipients:

2019                            Kennedy Nolan

2020                            Kennedy Nolan

2021                            Kennedy Nolan

SkyCross Laboratory Endowment


Type

General Endowment

Value

$522,202 (2021)

Year Established

2000

Purpose

Provide funds to be used in support of research and laboratory development in the area of antenna technology in Florida Tech's College of Engineering. (GF000169)

Description

Funds are used at the discretion of the Dean of the College of Engineering. Funds may be used to purchase equipment; to provide instructional research resources; to compensate student researchers; to support travel to present research; generally strengthen research in antenna technology and laboratory development in this area.


History

Software Engineering Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$358,265 (2021)

Year Established

1998

Purpose

Scholarship for students studying software engineering. (GF000050)

Description

This scholarship is administered by the Office of Financial Aid.


History

James Whittaker, distinguished engineer and technical evangelist, received this BA in Computer Science and Math from Bellarmine University in 1987 and his PhD in Computer Science from University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1992. 

James has worked in well-known companies such as the FBI, IBM, Microsoft and Google. In 1986, he became the first computer science graduate hired by the FBI, working as Programmer and System Admin. In 1989, he worked as consultant at IBM for three years, and then, in 1991, as Software Developer at Software Engineering Technology for five years. After that, he founded Security Innovation, which is an authority on application security and leading independent provider of Risk Assessment, Risk Mitigation, and Education services to Fortune/Global 500 and mid-size companies. In 1996 and for almost 10 years, James was Professor of Computer Science at Florida Institute of Technology. Later, he joined Microsoft where his first stint was in Trustworthy Computing and Visual Studio. He then joined Google as an Engineering Director and lead teams working on Chrome, Maps and Google+/ for almost three years. In 2012, he rejoined Microsoft and has held the Partner Development Manager position and Distinguished Engineer and Technical Evangelist, which is his current position.  

James is known for being a creative and passionate leader and sought-after speaker. He is author of five books which two of them have been Jolt Award finalists.

Recipients:

 2019                            Phi Duong

                                         Andrea Swanson

                                         Brandon Sawyer 

                                         Isaiah Thomas

2020                             Phi Duong

                                         Xabier Gainza

                                         Isaiah Thomas

                                         Noah Wilson 

2021                             Phi Duong
                                   
                                         Xabier Gainza

                                         Isaiah Thomas

                                         Noah Wilson

Sportfish Research Institute Endowment


Type

General Endowment

Value

$27,078 (2021)

Year Established

2003

Purpose

Support faculty and staff research projects; engage in community service and outreach projects; provide instructional and research resources for Sportfish Research Institute. (GF000166)

Description

The department head, Biological Sciences, and/or Director of Sportfish Research Institute may in their discretion use endowment funds for the designated purposed outlines in the endowment.


History

Squamish Scholarship Endowment


Type

General Endowment

Value

$66,176 (2021)

Year Established

2008

Purpose

Scholarship support for a student attending Florida Tech. (GF000093)

Description

Recipient must be an undergraduate student, preference given to juniors or seniors; has financial need; have a 3.0 GPA or higher; active Squamish members are particularly encouraged to apply and will be given preference. 


History

Deborah Heystek graduated from Florida Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Biology in 1979. She was a software architect at a research institute and defense contractors where she was doing modeling and simulation. However, after a few years, she started her own line of clothing from South African fabrics, which was her dream as an entrepreneur.

Deborah states that her time at Florida Tech was a great experience and it is where she established enduring friendships. She is a member of the alumni board and is active on the Botanical Garden Committee plus serves as an alumni adviser to the Squamish fraternity. For this reason, she created the Squamish Scholarship Endowment, which currently helps fund outstanding and deserving students at Florida Tech. “The Squamish Scholarship has been funded by past and present Squamish Brothers and will serve as a legacy to the organization,” says Heystek.

Recipients:

2019                            Christopher Tinkler and Kaitlin Reed

2020                            Christopher Tinkler

2021                            Christopher Tinkler

Steve Freeman College of Business Student Support Fund


Type

General Endowment

Value

$146,547 (2021)

Year Established

2002

Purpose

Support student activities and projects as well as provide scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students. (GF000173)

Description

Recipients must be full-time students in good academic standing within the School of Management; complete a paper on contemporary ethics; offered to freshman, sophomores, and juniors; selected by a committee of the Dean, the Associate Dean, faculty and the School of Management, and members of the local business community; the committee can request a personal interview.


History

Steve Freeman, current member of the Board of Trustees at Florida Tech, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and an MBA from Florida Tech, in 1990 and 1992, respectively. While in college, he was also part of the soccer team that won the NCAA Division II national title.

His professional career started as a Financial Advisor at A.G. Edwards & Sons, where he served for seven years. Then, it continued at Merril Lynch for two years where he was a Producing Branch Manager, and, since 2001 until now, he’s been working at Morgan Stanley where he is the current Executive Director – Complex Manager.

Aside from his professional career, Steve still is actively involved in competitive sports and still plays soccer, run marathons, and works out. He assures that competitive sports are what helped him “to understand the value of teamwork and a competitive spirit.”

Steven Petrosky Memorial Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$76,269 (2021)

Year Established

2000

Purpose

Scholarships for students in the College of Aeronautics. (GF000064)

Description

Recipient must be a full-time student enrolled in the College or Aeronautics with a GPA of at least a 2.5, and with financial need. Recipients must submit an essay about why they chose to study Aeronautics.


History

Mrs. Audrey Ulozas donated $25,000 in June, 2000 to the Campaign for a Rising Star to create the “Steven Petrosky Memorial Scholarship Fund”. The gift was fully matched by the F.W. Olin Foundation. The endowment was created as a memorial of Mr. and Mrs. Ulozas son, Steven Petrosky, (’93 graduate of Aeronautics) who died in an air crash at the age of 26. The recipients of the scholarship have always been full-time students enrolled in the College of Aeronautics.

Recipients:

2002                            Janel Joy Dickens

2003                            Christopher Perry

2004                            Paul M. Sliwinski

2005                            Kirk C. Harris

2006                            Russell Brindle

                                        Jared Mitchell

2007                            Joseph A. Molina

2008                            Michael L. Bluestein

2009                            Michael L. Bluestein

2010                            Michael J. Mazzone

2011                            Benjamin White

2012                            Zorororashe Rachel Gandiya

2013                           

2014                            Brian Roderick Ruh

2015                            Gabriel Riley Hall

2016                            Gabriel Riley Hall

2017                            Pawel M. Kasica

2018                            Pawel M. Kasica

2019                            Abigail Horton

2020                            Tyler Rice

2021                            Tyler Rice

Sun Trust Reliance Bank Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$32,792 (2021)

Year Established

1988

Purpose

Provide Scholarships. (GF000019)

Description

This scholarship is administered by the Office of Financial Aid.


History

SunTrust Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$161,873 (2021)

Year Established

1988

Purpose

Provide scholarships. (GF000018)

Description

This scholarship is awarded by the Office of Financial Aid office with preference given to Bevard County residents, then Florida, then other.


History

Based in Atlanta, SunTrust bank was the ninth largest bank in the U.S. as of 2004. On February 2, 1988, SunTrust Bank pledged $100,000 to Florida Tech. Awardees are selected by the Florida Tech director of Financial Aid. Bevard County residents are given preference in receiveing this scholarship, then Florida residents, and then everyone else. In addition, maintaining a good academic standing permitted awardees to renew their award until their graduation.

Recipients:

1990                            Andrew Griffith

                                        Stephen Lee Browh

1991                            John H. Canada

                                        Derek Sean Novak

1994                            Craig L. Coleman

                                        Kimberly R. Ballard

                                        David Anthony Landers

                                        Rich H. Lanoue               

1996                            Heather E. Wood

                                        Wendy L. Jacobs

                                        Melissa Rene Ellis

                                        Brandy Starr Douglas

1997                            Alice A. Miller

                                        Tony T. Nguyen

1998                            Andrew Tonkin

1999                            Timothy D. Jace

                                        Stephen G. Katchur

                                        Jacob W. Segalla

2000                            Stephen George Katchur

                                        Jacob William Segalla

                                        Luke Solomon Alexander

                                        Timothy David Jace

2001                            Luke S. Alexander

                                        Timothy David Jace

                                        Michael G. Workman

2002                            Luke Solomon Alexander

                                        Bryan Lee Puckett

                                        Angela Anna Jennings

2003                            Shayla S. Fisher

                                        Angela A. Jennings

2004                            Shayla S. Fisher

                                        Angela A. Jennings

2005                            Shayla S. Fisher

                                        Angela A. Jennings

2006                            Joel Acevedo

                                        Johan A. Woger

                                        Matthew D. Woods

2007                            Joel Acevedo

                                        Matthew D. Woods

2008                            Joel Acevedo

                                        Matthew D. Woods

                                        Eric A. Rivera

2009                            Sierra Cullati

2010                            Joshua Dariel McKinnon

                                        David Michael DeBoth

2011                            Jeffrey Edward Fuller

                                        David Michael DeBoth           

2012                            Lea Taryn Zero

                                        Jeffrey Edward Fuller

                                        Nathan Walter Mertins

                                        Derek Mark Gagnon

                                        Joshua E. Crespo

2013                            Donovan Anthony Wetterstein                      

2014                            Donovan Anthony Wetterstein          

2015                            Donovan Anthony Wetterstein           

                                        Ryen Forry

2016                            Pedro Juan Chavarriaga

                                        Brian Christopher Finnell

                                        Ryen Forry

2017                            Brian Christopher Finnell

                                        Brent Sherman Allard

                                        Ryen Forry

2018                            Caroline Maria Cooper

                                        Richard Everett Eugene Dunham

2019                            Caroline Cooper

                                        Richard Dunham

2020                            Alecea Nelson

                                        Nick Watts

2021                            Alecea Nelson

                                        John Tu

Susan Galos Eason Memorial Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$51,735 (2021)

Year Established

1986

Purpose

Support a female flight student enrolled in the College of Aeronautics. (GF000016)

Description

Recipient must be a female student enrolled in the College of Aeronautics.


History

On November 27, 1985, Susan Eason, age 24, a recent Florida Institute of Technology graduate, died when a plane she was co-piloting crashed in East Greenwich, Rhode Island while on route from Morristown, New Jersey to Providence, Rhode Island. Susan was a commercial pilot who held multiengine and airline transport ratings. She was employed for the previous year as a pilot and flight instructor for Northeast Airways in Morristown. Before that, she had been employed by Hyannis Aviation in Massachusetts as a pilot flying scenic flights over the Bar Harbor, Maine area.

In her memory, numerous friends and family donated support to establish the Susan Galos-Eason Memorial Scholarship. Since 1992, the fund has supported scholarships for female flight students, enrolled at the Florida Institute of Technology College of Aeronautics, who have achieved academic distinction.

 

1988                            Noreen Ryan

1989                            Terri A. Yackle

1990                            Cynthia A. Evans

                                        Beth Ann Anderson

1991

1992

1993

1994                            Selina Aldahondo

                                        Catherine Schulz

1995                            Ruth Dudley

                                        Carol Ann Tillema

                                        Stacey S. Waterman

                                        Amahemid Centeno

                                        Brooks A. Whitney

1996                            Amahemid Centeno

                                        Ruth Ladd

                                        Stacey Waterman

1997                            Carol A. Seward

                                        Brooks A. Whitney

                                        Katherine S. Jones

                                        Michaele C. Desmond

1998                            Popo Myat Tin

1999                            Eliane Grayer

2000                            Lisa D. Noel

2001                            Popo Myat Tin

2002                            Saundra Manzie

                                        Angela Jennings

2003                            Janel Dickens

2004                            Selamawit Firdaweke

2005                            Selamawit Firdaweke

2006                            Mikaela Noel Lunday

                                        Yergalem Shitaye Wedila

2007                            Mary Allison Navia

2008                            Amanda Lovejoy

2009                            Amanda Lovejoy

2010                            Jordyn Agostini

2011                            Jordyn Agostini

2012                            Larissa Fernandez

2013                            Katelyn Bobalik

2014                            Jillian Margaret Reeves

2015                            Courtney Angelle Arceneaux

2016                            Courtney Arceneaux

                                        Manuela Cortes

2017                            Courtney Arceneaux

                                        Manuela Cortes

2018                            McKenzie Krutsinger

2019                            Lauren Buford

2020                            Michaela Salazar

2021                            Yarisse Adorno Oyola

Susan Stackpoole Endowed Fund For COA Faculty, Programs, And Lab Enrichment


Type

General Endowment

Value

$59,902 (2021)

Year Established

2013

Purpose

Support the College of Aeronautics to assist in faculty development, academic program development and delivery, and aeronautics laboratory enrichment. (GF000122)

Description

Funds will be administered with the help of the College of Aeronautic's Dean's office based on the prevailing goals of the College of Aeronautics.


History

The passing of one of Florida Institute of Technology’s most recognizable and beloved faculty members, Susan Stackpoole, prompted her husband, Ken Stackpoole, dean of the College of Aeronautics and vice president for aviation programs, to establish an endowed fund to further the mission started by his wife.

“As a teacher for our online programs, Susan understood the value of such programs and wanted to see them grow,” Stackpoole said. “This endowment will enhance our offerings here in aeronautics.”The Susan Stackpoole Endowed Fund for College of Aeronautics Faculty, Programs and Lab Enrichment will support efforts throughout the college, including expanding the college’s graduate online offerings."

The Ashok And Kumkum Pandit Family Endowment


Type

General Endowment

Value

$22,076 (2021)

Year Established

2017

Purpose

Provide an annual award to one senior and one junior in the Civil Engineering program. (GF000185)

Description

Students must be a junior or senior, have a 3.5 of greater cumulative GPA. Should have been selected as a Student of the Year. Should have fulfilled at least some of the folowing criteria: Exhibited leadership in student organizations, and/or athletics, and/or ROTC; Participated in internships or co-op programs; Conducted volunteer work; Participate in research projects.


History

Ashok Pandit obtained his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India in 1973; his master’s degree in Water Resources Engineering from Clemson University in 1976; and his Ph.D. from Clemson University in 1982.

He has been serving at Florida Institute of Technology since 1998. For three years (1998-2000), Ashok was Professor and Program Chair of Civil Engineering; then, from 2000 to 2016, he was Professor and Department Head of Civil Engineering; from 2016 to 2018, he was Professor and Department Head of Civil Engineering and Construction Management; and since 2018, he has been Professor and Department Head of Mechanical and Civil Engineering.

In addition to teaching, his research activities “focus on simulation of contaminant transport in subsurface media using numerical and physical models, saltwater intrusion, hydrological modeling, and stormwater management.” Moreover, he is active in STEM education and outreach, and recently received an NSF STEM grant to grow STEM education to students from Community and State Colleges.

Professor Pandit has also organized successful week-long Engineering Summer Camps since 2009 for 9th to 12th graders who are interested in engineering. During this camp, students learn about MATLAB, AutoCAD, Fusion 360, and Pro Engineer, plus they witness laboratory demonstrations and conduct well-design experiments in different fields.

The Carl And Joann Bottcher Endowed Scholarship Fund


Type

General Endowment

Value

$36,308 (2021)

Year Established

2014

Purpose

Support a student in the College of Engineering who shows significant promise and potential for achievement but who has limited financial means. (GF000215)

Description

Recipient must be a College of Engineering student with limited financial means.


History

The Dean Mead Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$147,090 (2021)

Year Established

2015

Purpose

Scholarship which will support an FIT undergraduate student in his or her Junior or Senior year studying for a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) degree. (GF000190)

Description

Recipient must be a junior or senior with a 3.2 of higher GPA, and who demonstrates financial need.


History

The Delta Sigma Phi Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$82,511 (2021)

Year Established

1998

Purpose

Scholarships for students at Florida Tech. (GF000073)

Description

This scholarship is administered by the Office of Financial Aid. 


History

The Gary and Kerry Barronette Grant Emergency Scholarship Fund


Type

General Endowment

Value

$74,855 (2021)

Year Established

2018

Purpose

Support one or more scholarships for any student who may have financial needs that put them at risk of completing their academic program at Florida Tech. (GF000204)

Description

This award is made by the President of the University to a student that has emergency financial need. The student may be identified by any staff or faculty who becomes aware that changed circumstances have put the student at risk of not being able to complete their education at Florida Tech. If no award is made in a given year, the President may either grow the fund or award the income in a later year.


History

Gary Grant joined Florida Tech in 2017 to serve as the VP for Development. Kerry Grant, his wife, purchased a ticket for the annual Chopper Dropper event and that ticket won the grand prize. Gary and Kerry invited the President to use the funds however he wished. President McCay created this endowed fund.

Gary grew up on Long Island NY and after graduating from the University of Chicago, he worked for that institution as Associate Dean for External Affairs in the social work school and  for the Medical Center. He was VP for Development for the University of North Texas Health Science Center and for Washington College before coming to Florida Tech.

Kerry Grant grew up in Kingston, Jamaica and taught High School math for several decades, including at the Lab School for the University of Chicago.

In setting up this fund, Gary said he was delighted by Dr. McCay's decision because he himself benefitted from a similar fund when he was in college and his parents lost their home to a fire. He was always grateful that his university found sufficient money to cover the lost income and allow him to graduate and he hopes this fund will similarly help others in need at Florida Tech.

The Lawrence and Margarete Mertens Endowed Fellowship


Type

Scholarship / Fellowship

Value

$1,467,667 (2021)

Year Established

2014

Purpose

Provide support for a graduate student in the College of Engineering who shows significant promise and potential for achievement but has limited financial means. (GF000184)

Description

Recipient must be a U.S. citizen, with no arrest record, an outstanding academic record and a BS from a recognized College or University, employment record indicating active effort to help support his/her education seeking a Master or Doctorate degree in the College of Engineering.


History

Lawrence Mertens was Florida Tech’s first marine biology instructor who later became a major benefactor with his wife, Margarete Mertens.

In earlier years, Mertens was a chief scientist for RCS and was assigned to work on the Missile Test Range. During that time, he met his fellow engineer, Jerome Keuper, who asked him to serve as the first instructor for marine biology in the school he had founded, Florida Tech, after realizing how much of an expert Mertens was on the field.

From that moment, Mertens had significantly contributed to Florida Tech. For example, he designed and ran the first summer field course in the Bahamas for underwater photography and became the instructor for the university’s first course in optical oceanography. Additionally, he was the first Florida Tech member to author a college-level textbook on in-water photography.

In 2015, Lawrence and Margarete, established the Lawrence and Margarete Mertens Endowed Fellowship, with the purpose of benefiting graduate students in the College of Engineering and Computing.

Lawrence passed away on December 16th, 2017, at the age of 88.

The Neha And Sanjay Rishi Scholarship Fund


Type

Scholarship / Fellowship

Value

$15,215 (2021)

Year Established

2020

Purpose

The Neha and Sanjay Rishi Scholarship will support a Florida Tech undergraduate African-American junior or senior student majoring in a degree within the Nathan Bisk College of Business, who demonstrates financial need. (GF000440)

Description

The Neha and Sanjay Rishi Charitable Foundation has established an endowed scholarship benefiting students attending Florida Tech. The scholarship will be awarded annually to an African American student showing financial need.


History

Sanjay Rishi, Ph.D., graduated from Florida Tech in 1985 with a master’s degree in systems management.

“Neha and I are honored to establish this scholarship. It is essential for us as a society to make sure that opportunity exists for everyone,” Sanjay Rishi said. “I was fortunate to attend Florida Tech, and the education I received has been integral in my development as a leader. I hope that this scholarship will help deserving students who may not have the same opportunity I had. Neha and I are excited to continue to support Florida Tech.”

Rishi is CEO, Corporate Solutions – Americas for the real estate services company JLL. He joined JLL in 2018 from IBM, where he ran the Cloud Consulting Services business. Prior to that, he was chief information officer and group vice president of strategic planning for Johnson Controls Automotive. He has also held roles as a partner for PwC and vice president for IBM Global Strategy.

Sanjay Rishi joined the advisory board of the Bisk College of Business at Florida Tech in 2020. 

 

If you would like to contribute to this fund, please go to Panther Fund and use the "other" designation to identify that you wish to give to this named endowment fund.

The Richard Lincoln Turner Endowed Research Fund


Type

Professorship / Research Fund

Value

$36,347 (2021)

Year Established

2018

Purpose

Support undergraduate research on organismal, cell, or molecular biology. (GF000188)

Description

Funds will be used to support undergraduate research at the discretion of the Biological Sciences Department Head. Students applying for these funds must submit a competitive proposal for selection. Funds may be used to purchase supplies and equipment for both laboratory and field studies in research programs of junior department faculty or in research programs of senior department faculty who do not have external funding. Recpient may later apply for funds to cover travel to present results at meetings or to cover publication costs.


History

Dr. Richard Lincoln Turner, Ph.D, served Florida Institute of Technology for 41 years. He was hired in 1976, when Florida Tech was just beginning to build its reputation as a research university. He was an outstanding professor and his research and service helped the university to advance more and more. For example, he contributed new insights into the biology of starfish, brittle stars and related animals.

During his time at Florida Tech, he published different times in scientific journals, coauthored an undergraduate textbook on marine biology, and was very active in the Florida Academy of Sciences, serving as president, treasurer, and editor of The Florida Scientist. Additionally, he was the director of undergraduate programs for biological sciences and was a major contributor to the university’s SACS-accreditation effort.

His achievements and years of service were awarded with the Florida Academy of Sciences 2018 Medal. The academy awards one medal every year to a Florida resident who has “contributed in an outstanding manner to the promotion of scientific research, to the stimulation of interest in the sciences, or to the diffusion of scientific knowledge.”

Dr. Turner retired at the end of the spring semester in 2017 and was named professor emeritus. However, his impact on students’ lives and in his field has been honored with the “Richard Lincoln Turner Endowed Research Fund in Biological Sciences”, established by his friends and family members. “I am delighted that Dick’s impact will continue to be felt forever at Florida Tech as this fund supports generations of student research,” said Dwayne McCay, President of Florida Tech. 

If you would like to contribute to this fund, please go to Panther Fund and use the "other" designation to identify that you wish to give to this named endowment fund.

The Walter and Hortense Nunn Electromagnetics Chair


Type

Faculty Chair

Value

$2,887,311 (2021)

Year Established

2018

Purpose

Establish an Endowed Chair in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. (GF000007)

Description

This Chair is in Electrical Engineering, solely in the field of Electromagnetics.


History

Walter Nunn, a professor of electrical engineering arrived at Florida Tech in 1969, just more than a decade after its founding. He spent many years as a faculty member, bolstering the knowledge and touching the lives of thousands of students from his microwave laboratory and classroom in the Frueauff building.

He passed away in 2005, and his wife Hortense passed in 2017. By then they had made clear their longstanding desire to enhance the teaching and development of electrical engineering by establishing a faculty chair dedicated to advancing research and education in that critical field.

In just his second year at Florida Tech, the university gained accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, now known as ABET, a critical step in confirming its place among the leading engineering schools in the country and solidifying the discipline’s key role on campus.

“In those days, electrical engineering was the whole School of Engineering, and I comprised 25 percent of the school’s faculty, being the fourth member,” Nunn told the university’s Florida Tech Today magazine in 2003. Nunn worked for Harry Weber, who served as both head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and dean of the graduate school.

Weber supported Nunn during those early days when Nunn used some unorthodox methods to advance the university’s teaching mission. “Harry helped me start the microwave laboratory,” Nunn said, noting that the original equipment, much of it built by students, was somewhat primitive. “Of course, we didn’t have room for it inside our building, so we put it together on tables in the parking lot.”

That arrangement remained until Florida Tech founding president Jerome Keuper came by during a lab session. “The lab went back into an extremely crowded building,” Nunn said.

In spite of these humble beginnings, Nunn pointed out with justifiable pride that the electromagnetic program he helped launch in 1971 was the first Ph.D. program at Florida Tech.

Both teaching and research were vital for Nunn. While he took great pleasure in teaching, he said his principal research in computer simulation and modeling was always a high priority.

Walter and Hortense, who both grew up in Louisiana, had no children but saw the Florida Tech community as their extended family. Hortense put the university in her will in 2005 after her husband passed away.

“Walter worked at the height of his profession, both in the classroom and in the laboratory. When I went to visit him in the hospital the day before he died, he was still talking about the projects he was working on at FIT,” said Syed Murshid, a professor of electrical engineering and Walter Nunn’s colleague of 25 years. “He served as an inspiration for his colleagues in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and for faculty throughout the college. He was simply a joy.”

And Nunn’s legacy lives on.

In his commencement address in May, 2018 to the university’s spring graduates, Florida Tech Board of Trustees member Vik Verma, a successful Silicon Valley CEO, remembered his former teacher.

“One of my favorite professors was Professor Walter M. Nunn, Jr. He was a former Marine, a world-renowned professor in electro-magnetic theory and one of the toughest graders….Professor Nunn was an amazing man. He passed away a few years ago and I miss him today as does the entire Florida Tech family.”

Thomas C. Pridmore Endowed Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$374,741 (2021)

Year Established

2008

Purpose

Offer scholarships to assist undergraduate students pursuing a career in Engineering at Florida Tech. (GF000091)

Description

Recipients must be new students majoring in Engineering; Scholarships are renewable. Preference given to women or other underrepresented populations in the engineering field; preferenece given to students of excellence; preference given to Electrical or Computer Engineering students.


History

Thomas C. Pridmore was born in Birmingham, Alabama on August 20th, 1923. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Auburn University after he served in the Army in World War II as a member of Signal Corps, where he set up communications on the European and Japanese fronts.

His professional career started on 1946 and he worked for some of the major US electronics manufacturers, including Bell Labs, Westinghouse, and ITT. Later, in 1963, Pridmore moved to Indialantic to become an independent electronics manufacturer’s representative. During the 80s, he sold his business and decided to set up as an electronics distributor. He started Pridmore Corp. in his garage, however, the business grew to a be a well-respected distributor serving the region’s electronics producers.

He made himself known in the electronics industry by being a successful salesman in Florida and active member of IEEE (world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity) and NEDA (National Eating Disorders Association).

Thomas Pridmore died on April 13th, 2006, leaving the legacy of Pridmore Corp. to his daughter and two long term employees and he is remembered by his loved ones as a passionate guy who was a huge car and motorcycle fan.

Recipients:

2019                            Maklens Leconte, Caroline Sisko, Jason Pack, Miranda Choplin

2020                            Caroline Sisko, Connor Kerkorian, Miranda Choplin

2021                            Connor Kerkorian, Vivienne Nipar, Caroline Sisko, Madison Wheeler

Thomas E. And Lois R. McNamara Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$587,402 (2021)

Year Established

1999

Purpose

Scholarships for undergraduate students. (GF000056)

Description

This scholarship is administered by the Office of Financial Aid to full-time undergraduate students in good academic standing, based on need and merit. Preference will be given to renewing to the same student.


History

In October 1999, a donation of $25,000 was made by Thomas E. and Lois R. McNamara to create the endowed fund called “Thomas E. and Lois R. McNamara Scholarship Fund”. The value of the gift was matched by the F.W. Olin Foundation. In 2002, an additional donation by Mr. McNamara of 970 shares of Morgan Stanley ($47,559) was made and was matched by F.W. Olin Foundation. In addition, Mr. and Mrs. McNamara created an Honorary Scholarship (612142) for their deceased grandchildren Melissa Lee Crist.

Recipients:

 

2001                            Shanna Marie Hamm

2002                            Jessica A. Kennedy

2003                            Jesse Whitlock Davis

                                        Jessica A. Kennedy

                                        Adonay Jimenez         

2004                            Jason D. Conrad

                                        Adonay R. Jimenez

2005                            Jason D. Conrad

                                         Ian R. Swanson

2006                            Rachel M. Jones

                                        Ian R. Swanson

2007                            Matthew M. Danella

                                        Ian R. Swanson

2008                            Matthew M. Danella

                                        William R. Price

2009                            Matthew M. Danella

                                        Wade Dauberman

                                        William Price

2010                            Katelyn Conroy

                                        Wade Dauberman

                                        Habib Fahs

                                        Michael Roderick

2011                            Katelyn Conroy

                                        Wade Dauberman

                                        Casey Keach

                                        Michael Moradian

2012                            Wade Nicholas Dauberman

                                        Maulik Patel

2013                            Maulik Patel

                                        Rebekah Jenkins Borgert

                                        Justin Todd Ruscoe

2014                            Da'Vel Reed Johnson

                                        Justin Todd Ruscoe

                                        Max J. Connery

                                        Alejandro Enrique Leon

2015                            Alejandro Enrique Leon

                                        Ian Quinn LaFlamme

                                        Patrick James Strawn

                                        Lars Alexander Christian Henning

                                        Constantine Michael Lopez

2016                           

2017                            Cheyenne R. Potter

                                        Jade Alana Warn

                                        Tyler James McCabe

                                        Keefe Jared Kamp

                                        Zachary Austin St. Amand

                                        Marian Kay Amundsen

                                        Kyle Forest Bissonnette

2018                            Cheyenne R. Potter

                                        Jade Alana Warn

                                        Tyler James McCabe

                                        Keefe Jared Kamp

                                        Zachary Austin St. Amand

                                        Marian Kay Amundsen

                                        Robert Anthony DiMeo

                                        Kyle Forest Bissonnette

2019                            David Demeter

                                        Kathryn Crocker

                                        Kyle Bissonnette

                                        Keefe Kamp

                                        Jordan Forman

                                        Danielle Adkins

                                        Jared Nelson

2020                            David Demeter

                                        Jessica Cutler

                                        Benjamin Komita

                                        Anna Hamelin

                                        Kathryn Crocker

                                        Jared Nelson

                                        Jordan Forman

2021                            Connor Kerkorian

                                        Vivienne Nipar

                                        Caroline Sisko

                                        Madison Wheeler

Van Pelt Foundation Research Endowment


Type

General Endowment

Value

$288,582 (2021)

Year Established

2001

Purpose

Support research and development in the Computer Sciences Department and to provide income to be used for research and software testing. (GF000165)

Description

Funds will be used to purchase equipment; provide instructional and research resources; to compensate student researchers; to support travel to present research; generally strengthen the deaprtment.


History

Meredith Van Pelt, known to her close friends as “Med,” was born on June 3rd, 1915 in Westwood, New Jersey, where she spent her childhood and most of her adulthood. She attended Centenary College in New Jersey, where she found her passion and everlasting love for education. She served on numerous committees and in fund elevating capacities for decades, which led her to become a major benefactor at Centenary.

Mrs. Van Pelt had a tremendous, generous heart which was reflected in her considerate, unselfish actions. She was a tireless worker, volunteer and philanthropist who supported hospitals, historical societies, and educational groups, among others. Without doubt, the 25 years in which she was serving as Trustee of the New York based Van Pelt Foundation, which was founded by her late husband, Edwin Van Pelt, were the most enjoyable years for her. Her role consisted of evaluating and recommending charitable funding proposals from educational and medical institutions.

She moved to Brevard County in 1992 where she became a member of Prince of Peace Anglican Church in Viera. Mrs. Van Pelt passed away on March 13th, 2015 when she was 99 years old.

W. Lansing And Isabelle Gleason School Of Management Award


Type

General Endowment

Value

$161,240 (2021)

Year Established

1989

Purpose

Academic awards for undergraduate students enrolled in Florida Tech's School of Management. (GF000023)

Description

This scholarship is chosen by a School of Management committee. Recipient must be a full-time undergraduate student who demonstrates academic merit; the committee can request personal interviews with potential recipients.


History

William Lansing Gleason was a three-term mayor of Eau Gallie, Florida from 1930 to 1943 and 1950 to 1951. 

He was the son of William Henry Hunt Gleason, who was also mayor, and Flora Belle Lansing Gleason. His grandfather was William Henry Gleason, the founder of Eau Gallie, Florida, and 2nd Lieutenant Governor of Florida.

He was involved in the local community including donating a coquina rock slab that the first school house in Brevard County now sits on at Florida Institute of Technology.

In addition to naming the auditorium for him, W. Lansing Gleason's name is remembered at Gleason Park and Lansing Island.

Isabelle and W. Lansing Gleason donated $50,000 in October 1989. half to be used for scholarships and half as an endowment to support student research and university faculty development for the School of Management. In addition, many gifts were added to the endowment by others who knew him well.

Recipients:

1993                            Kimberly R. Winestock

                                        William McCoy

1994                           

1995                           

1996                            Troy Lotane    

1997                            Rachel Bernard

                                        Shannon Mulvaney

                                        Kelly Pifer

1998                            Rachel Annet Bernard

                                        Shannon C. Mulvaney

                                        Kelly Shannon Piper

1999                            Shannon C. Mulvaney

                                        David L. Tanis

                                        Karen E. Withing

2000                           

2001                           

2002                            Shaun D. Guske

                                        Tiffany M. King

2003                            Shaun Daniel Guske

                                        Tiffany M. King

2004                            Naomi C. Delgado

                                        Sabrina Moravecky

                                        Michelle D. White

2005                           

2006                            Natasha Bender

                                        Nikolas A. Avellaneda

2007                           

2008                           

2009                            Alexandra Wienckoski            

2010                            Cory M. Bernstine                  

2011                            Cory M. Bernstine

                                        Donald Gabbard

2012                            Yielleen Marie Joelle St Amour

2013                            Jaylene Mary Becker

                                        Randy Caleb Stockman

2014                            Anthony David Decaro

                                        Randy Caleb Stockman

                                        Stephen Christopher Kies

2015                            Arsema Mulugeta Assefa

2016                            Brittney Lamb

                                        Desmond Octavious Mangal

2017                            Brittney Allyson Lamb

                                        Desmond Octavious Mangal

                                        Benjamin Daniel Magnelli

2018                            Michael Stelling         

                                        Joshua Francis Dobos

                                        Caitlyn Marie Donovan

2019                            Joshua Dobos

2020                            Michael Lorenz

2021                            Sebastien Cayemitte

Wachovia Corporation/ First Union National Bank Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$57,306 (2021)

Year Established

1989

Purpose

Used for scholarships to support students. (GF000022)

Description

This scholarship was created to support students. It is awarded through the Office of Financial Aid and there is no specific criteria to select the awardees.


History

In 1989, First Union National Bank pledged $30,000 to Florida Tech over the next five years ($6,000/year). There is no specified criteria to select the awardee but recipients will be selected by the Financial Aid office. In addition, a gift of $5,000 from Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation was donated in 2009.

Recipients:

1993                            Melissa K. Mouldin

1994                           

1995                            Conrad Valenty Kotylak

1996                            Lisa H. Breece

1997                            Elizabeth Karsch

1998                            Ryan Mott

1999                            Lisa C. Perschnick

2000                            Lisa C. Perschnick

2001                           

2002                            Saman Khosravi

2003                            Saman Khosravi

2004                            Saman Khosravi

2005                            John D. Rodgers

2006                            Dana S. Arnouil

2007                            Jennifer A. Johnson

2008                            Jennifer A. Johnson

2009                            Jennifer A. Johnson

2010                            Katherine Ruth Witman

2011                            Shantanu Jain

2012                            Nelson Manuel Martins

2013                            Brian M Folley

2014                            Joseph William Fisher

2015                            Joseph William Fisher

2016                            Joseph William Fisher

2017                            Morgan Tyler Maggard

2018                            Morgan Tyler Maggard

2019                            Derek Amerman

2020                            William Bayo

2021                            William Bayo

Walter And Dorothea Gatti Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$750,223 (2021)

Year Established

1999

Purpose

Financial aid for students. (GF000054)

Description

This scholarship is administered by the Office of Financial Aid based on need and merit.


History

In March of 1999, Walter and Dorotea Gatti made a gift of $240,000 to the campaign for a rising star. The F.W. Olin Foundation matched the initial donation of $240,000 and the fund totaled $480,000. The recipients have always been selected by financial need and academic merit and they have had to be enrolled full-time in FIT.

Walter J. Gatti founded Tensor Engineering in 1958. Since that time, Mr. Gatti and Tensor Engineering have played an integral part in the construction of most of the major steel structures built in the United States.

Mr. Gatti has more than 60 years of knowledge and experience to his role as company president. He has personally supervised the structural steel fabrication detail and field erection drawings for over 3,300 bridges. Recognized within the industry as a leading authority, Mr. Gatti currently serves as the chairman of the NSBA/AASHTO committee the standard presentation of design drawings, detail drawings, approval processes and electronic data transfer.

Recipients:

2001                            David Wayne Burdick

                                        Khurram R. Khan

                                        Sabrina M. Moravecky

                                        Michael J. Smetana

2002                            Jarrod S. Bartoszek

                                        David Wayne Burdick

                                        Jessica L. Deevers

                                        Sabrina M. Moravecky

                                        Randall J. Coslow

2003                            David Wayne Burdick

                                        Randall J. Coslow

                                        Jessica L. Deevers

                                        Sabrina M. Moravecky

                                        Michael G. Tremarche

2004                            David Wayne Burdick

                                        Amanda E. Evans

                                        Sabrina M. Moravecky

                                        Michael G. Tremarche

2005                            Lindsay Drown

                                        Omar N. Elsahy

                                        Amanda E. Evans

                                        Yekaterina A. Krasnova

                                        Michael G. Tremarche

2006                            Dana A. Buccelli

                                        Amanda E. Evans

                                        Lisa Beth Schwartz                                       

                                        James Stimers

                                        Michael G. Tremarche

2007                            Dana Allison Hansen

                                        Michael Gerard Tremarche

                                        Lisa Beth Schwartz

2008                            Dana A. Buccelli

                                        Eric Casto

                                        Mikaela Devaux

                                        Joshua Higginson

                                        Lisa Beth Schwartz

2009                            Erin Binder

                                        Dana Buccelli

                                        Eric Casto

                                        Mikaela Devaux

                                        John Henry Dormoy

                                        Joshua Higginson

                                        Jessica Scharf

2010                            Erin Binder

                                        Eric Casto

                                        Mikaela Devaux

                                        John Henry Dormoy

                                        Joshua Higginson

                                        Gina Le Valley

                                         Jessica Scharf

2011                            John Henry Dormoy

                                        Jeffrey Fuller

                                        Paul Giacchetto

                                        Joshua Higginson

                                        Gina Le Valley

                                        Dakota Meyer

                                        Jessica Phillips

2012                            Siobhan Ireland

                                        Peter Allen Zimarakos

                                        Dakota Robert Meyer

                                        Robert J. Schmidt

                                        Paul Anthony Hill

                                        Paul Emil Giacchetto

                                        Stephen Arthur Chin

                                        Sean Michael Gavin

2013                            Paul Emil Giacchetto

                                        Stephen Arthur Chin

                                        Amber Rae Maiwald

                                        Alberto Gabriel Peirats

                                        Tyler James Sloan

                                        Karlee M. Radford

                                        Tiffany June Farrar

                                        Joshua Ronald Dube

2014                            Jessica Alexis Cushman

                                        Leonard James Bernas

                                        Tiffany June Farrar

                                        Katelyn Mary Sanderson

                                        Joshua Ronald Dube

                                        James Robert Copeland

                                        Nicholas Robert Bordieri

                                        Carolina L. Nascimento

2015                            Jessica Alexis Cushman

                                        Leonard James Bernas

                                        Katelyn Mary Sanderson

                                        Joshua Ronald Dube

                                        Rushil N. Patel

                                        James Robert Copeland

                                        Carolina L. Nascimento

                                        Krizia Daniella Trewin

2016                            Emily Rose Sybo

                                        Jessica Alexis Cushman

                                       James Robert Copeland

                                        Charles Conner Endicott

                                        Garrett John Sinotte

                                        Kimberly Elizabeth Crum

                                        Larissa Balestrero Machado

                                        Krizia Daniella Trewin

2017                            Charles Conner Endicott

                                        Garrett John Sinotte

                                        Kimberly Elizabeth Crum

                                        Katheryn Faith Ford

                                        Melanie Marie MacBain

                                        Xzavier Trevon Flowers

                                        Larissa Balestrero Machado

                                        Dominic Patrick Ditmyer

2018                            Garrett John Sinotte

                                        Katheryn Faith Ford

                                        Melanie Marie MacBain

                                        Xzavier Trevon Flowers

                                        Rudy Carl Dicarlo

                                        Dominic Patrick Ditmyer

                                        Barbara J Kennedy

                                        Anh Hoangtuan Cao

2019                            Dinellie Chaparro

                                        Jazmyn Holman

                                        Alexis Richter

                                        Dominic Ditmyer

                                        Anh Cao

                                        Justin Wittfelt

                                        Miles Svikhart

                                        Rudy Dicarlo

2020                            Anh Cao

                                        Dinellie Chaparro

                                        Cherrise Ficke

                                        Emily Handschuh

                                        Matthew LeCompte

                                        Alexis MacManus

                                        Marianna Maltsev

                                        Alexis Richter

                                        Cailin Rogers

                                        Miles Svikhart

 

2021

Walter D. and Paula LeCler Wood Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$16,928 (2021)

Year Established

1980

Purpose

Scholarships for deserving freshman Engineering student. (GF000011)

Description

Recipient must be a freshman majoring in Engineering. The Florida Institute of Technology Scholarship Committee will select the recipient.


History

Once Paula LeCler Wood passed away on March 1, 1979, Florida Institute of Technology received a donation of $10,000 from her estate to create a scholarship fund called “Walter D. and Paula LeCler Wood. 

Recipients:

1993                            Stacy Cohen

1994                            Brandon Mark Hieb

1995                           

1996                            Samuel Jay Harris

                                        Colleen Lynn Muldoon

1997                            Andrea Doran Thompson

1998                            Faye Mislang Tomimbang

1999                            Jennifer Lynn Hoffman

2000                            Arianna F. Gray

2001                           

2002                            Connor Lowell Cook

2003                            Matthew David Cargill

2004                            Richard Claude Hoch

2005                            Matthew William Herdiech

2006                            Matthew William Herdiech

2007                           

2008                            Matthew John Joseph Casperite

2009                            Matthew John Joseph Casperite

2010                            Matthew John Joseph Casperite

2011                            Matthew John Joseph Casperite

2012                            Kim Leon Wells

                                        Brent Matthew Gutierrez

2013                            Thaddeus Steven Berger

2014                            Thaddeus Steven Berger

2015                            Thaddeus Steven Berger

2016                            Thaddeus Steven Berger

2017                            Austin Michael Evarts

2018                            Austin Michael Evarts

2019                            Cole Trippett

2020                            Cole Trippett

2021                            Jacob Russ

Warren And Evelyn Foster Scholarship Endowment


Type

General Endowment

Value

$167,673 (2021)

Year Established

1987

Purpose

Support undergraduate students who are Florida residents and demonstrate a financial need. (GF000017)

Description

This scholarship is chosen by the Director of Financial Aid for students who are Florida residents that demonstrate outstanding academic performance and need financial assistance. All awardees have been full-time students in good academic standing, chosen annually. Preference for this scholarship goes to renewing with the same student until they graduate.


History

Warren and Evelyn Foster dedicated decades of their time, energy and money to supporting organizations that provide care and opportunities to people in need. They have been named Humanitarians of the Year by Holmes Regional Medical center, in addition to their other philanthropic awards. Although much of their work has focused around the American Cancer Society, the couple made a $50,000 gift to Florida Institute of Technology in April of 1987. The purpose of the endowment has been to support students who are Florida residents with outstanding academic performance in need of financial assistance. The Fosters donated an additional $25,000 to the fund during 2001-2002 in order to pledge for the campaign for a Rising Star.

Recipients:

1989                            Maureen Hayes

                                        Joy Lynn Jackson

                                        Craig Ashapa

1990                            Maureen Hayes

                                        Craig Ashapa

                                        Jamie Queen

                                        Lymari Rivera

1991                            Craig Ashapa

                                        Jamie Queen

                                        Christopher Grigorean

                                        Daniel Luebke

1992

1993                            Jamie Queen

                                        Stacy Cohen

1994                            Raymond Apelado

1995                            Raymond Apelado

                                        Susan Hurd

1996                            Raymond Apelado

                                        Christy Crysler

1997                            Susan Hurd

                                        Christopher Stricklan

1998                            Julaine Kim Taylor

                                        Nicole Emmerling

1999                            Erik Brandt

2000                           

2001                            Kattie Spivey

2002                            Shayla Fisher

2003                            Roselyn Nelson

2004                            Roselyn Nelson

2005                            Diego Concha

2006                            Nicholas Dean Crouch

2007                            Jennifer Ann Wise

2008                            Jennifer Ann Wise

2009                            Paulina De La Rosa

                                        Donald Troup

2010                            Erich Franz Geisert

                                        Donald Lee Troup

2011                            Erich Franz Geisert

                                        Donald Lee Troup

2012                            Courtney Lynn Treubert

                                         Tania L. Cox

2013                            Stephen Ezra Floyd

                                        Carlo Pierre Fevrius

2014                            Mark Harrison Nanney

                                        Stephen Ezra Floyd

2015                            Elizabeth Marie Orren

                                        Rhonwen June Gavagni

2016                            Rhonwen June Gavagni

                                        Ember-Leigh Wells

2017                            Rhonwen June Gavagni

                                        Ember-Leigh Wells

2018                            Elizabeth Catherine Kurkowski

                                        Kadie Nicole Lombardo

2019                            Shelby Conrad

                                        Shania Suarez

2020                            Matthew Santacroce

                                        Shania Suarez

                                        Shelby Conrad

2021                            Cody Manning

                                        Matthew Santacroce

                                        Shania Suarez

Wendell H. Colson Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$116,927 (2021)

Year Established

1997

Purpose

Scholarships for undergraduate students. (GF000038)

Description

This scholarship is administered by the Office of Financial Aid to full-time students in good academic standing.


History

In December 1997, Wendell H. Colson made a gift in form of stock valued at $37,343.75 to establish the “Wendell H. Colson Scholarship Endowed Fund”. The F.W. Olin Foundation matched the initial donation. The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships to full-time undergraduate students in good academic standing.

^ Note: Fund was originally to be called Wendell H. Colson Scholarship Endowed Fund.

Recipients:

1999                            Baron Q. Kalmeyer

                                        Joaquin L. Torres

2000                            Baron Q. Kalmeyer

                                        Joaquin L. Torres

2001                            Baron Q. Kalmeyer

                                        Joaquin L. Torres

2002                            Elliott Bache

2003                            Elliott Bache

2004                            Brian J. Garst

2005                            Brian J. Garst

2006                            Jody T. Danca

2007                            Jody T. Danca

2008                            Justin Treptow

2009                            Justin Treptow

2010                            Christina Boudreau

2011                            Darlene Newland

2012                            Rogelio Gutierrez

2013                            Scott Allen Fuller

2014                            Scott Allen Fuller

2015                            Arion Matthew Gray

2016                            Arion Matthew Gray

2017                            Arion Matthew Gray

2018                            Marcos Noel Joia

2019                            Jason Myre

2020                            Jason Myre

2021                            Emily Milne

WFIT Endowment Fund


Type

General Endowment

Value

$121,939 (2021)

Year Established

2018

Purpose

Provide an income stream for use in the operation of the WFIT Radio Station. (GF000203)

Description

Funds will be used at the discretion of WFIT Management.


History

William And Wendy Potter School Of Business Scholarship


Type

General Endowment

Value

$313,028 (2021)

Year Established

2000

Purpose

Scholarships for students within the College of Business. (GF000062)

Description

This scholarship is chosen by the College of Business to be used in support of full-time students in the College of Business that show scholastic achievement, leadership qualities, exceptional character, high motivation, and commitment to the community.


History

In April 26th of 2000, Mr. and Mrs. Potter donated 1900 shares of Titan Corporation stock ($40.25/share) totaling a value of $76,475 to create the “William and Wendy Potter School of Business Endowed Fund”. The gift was matched by the F.W. Olin Foundation in which it arrived to $152,950 by the end of 2000. In 2003, Mr. and Mrs. Potter donated an additional $20,000 to the fund. 

Recipients:

2001                            Amina Bilajac

2002                            Amina Bilajac

2003                            Derek D’Anna

                                        Alice Gorman

2004                            Aliece Marie Gorman

2005                           

2006                            Carl McNally

2007                            Tanja Cebic

2008                            Tanja Cebic

2009                            Ondrej Holy

                                        John Scott

2010                            Ondrej Holy

2011                            Ondrej Holy

                                        Jarrett Van Pelt

                                        Zhiyun Wang

2012                            Zhiyun Wang

                                        Jaylene Mary Becker

2013                            Danielle M. O'Brien

                                        Bonette Crowe

2014                            Travis J. Harmon

                                        Jennifer Eden Harvey

2015                            Jennifer Ngozi Agbonlahor

2016                            Travis Waninger

                                        Shan Liu

2017                            Kyle Patrick Gawroriski

                                        David James Wilson

                                        Tyler A Zerbato          

2018                            Beau Darmalingum

                                        Jordan Myers

                                        Shannon Rose Kelley

2019                            Allyson McCarron

                                        Rachel Fink

                                        John Nesbitt

2020                            Abigail Keener

                                        Jalia Wheatley

                                        Eric Lang

2021                            Chad Blasius

                                        Rachel Fink                                         

                                        Abigail Keener                                     

                                        Jalia Wheatley

William Kenny Bittner Scholarship Fund


Type

Scholarship / Fellowship

Value

$2,577

Year Established

2019

Purpose

Income from this fund will support an annual scholarship for undergraduate engineering/physics students who have financial need. (GF000427)

Description


History

Yue-Eng Gail Wang Study Abroad in Taiwan Fund


Type

General Endowment

Value

$55,714 (2021)

Year Established

2017

Purpose

Established in memory of Dr. Yue-Eng Gail Wang to increase Americans’ knowledge of Taiwan by encouraging and supporting study abroad in Taiwan by students at Florida Institute of Technology. (GF000186)

Description

Funds from this endowment are to be used specifically to study in Taiwan at an accredited university. The length of stay in Taiwan must be at least one month or longer, with a full-semester duration of study in Taiwan strongly preferred. Applicants must be U.S. citizens in good academic standing at the time of the application. Applicants must not be 1st or 2nd generation immigrants from Taiwan or other Chinese heritage nations as the intention of this award is to support new cross-cultuarl experiences. Students in any major can apply. Matriculation must be in: 1. A credit-granting course, in any subject, that will be certified by the Registrar to transfer 1 or more credits back to Florida Tech if a grade of C of better is earned; or 2. An accredited Mandarin Chinese of Taiwanese language program associated with an accredited university in either Taiwan or the U.S.


History

Dr. William Gabrenya, Professor in the School of Psychology at Florida Institute of Technology, established this endowment to support students at FIT wishing to study abroad in Taiwan. The endowment honors Dr. Gabrenya’s wife, Yue-Eng Gail Wang, who passed away on November 9, 2011. Born in Taipei, Taiwan on June 8, 1948, Yue-Eng graduated first in her class in History at National Taiwan University in 1970. In 1979, she earned her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of Missouri-Columbia following fieldwork in Hartsburg, Missouri. She received an M.S. in computer science from Florida Tech in 1987 and had a successful 17 year career at Harris Corporation as a software engineer, retiring in 2010.

The Yue-Eng Gail Wang Study Abroad in Taiwan Fund was established to increase Americans’ knowledge of Taiwan by encouraging Florida Tech students to study abroad in the country at any of several outstanding Universities. It is his hope that this fund will foster, for its future beneficiaries, a greater appreciation of Taiwanese society and culture, provide an opportunity to learn its languages, and develop enduring friendships and connections.

“What is particularly wonderful about this fund,” said President McCay, “is that it builds on FIT’s place as a national leader in internationalism while building on the University’s early connection with Taiwan that was established by FIT founding president Dr. Jerome Keuper. We attract a high percentage of international students to the U.S. and this fund will help our U.S. students to share in a meaningful experience in Taiwan. I am also very honored that Dr. Gabrenya has chosen to honor his wife, and our alum, Yue-Eng, in this special way.”

The Yue-Eng Gail Wang Study Abroad in Taiwan Fund will launch immediately this year.  Students interested in the program can contact Heather Wautlet, Director of Study Abroad at hcudmore@fit.edu, for information on how to apply.

Anyone interested in helping to support and grow this program are welcomed to contact Gary Grant, Vice President for Development, at  ggrant@fit.edu.