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