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.