Five students have been selected as inaugural recipients of financial assistance under the Florida Institute of Technology Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program and will be transferring to Florida Tech from area community and state colleges to study engineering.
Courtney Maier, Liam McClung and Sarah Roghelia are transferring from Eastern Florida State College; Jake Velardo is coming from Indian River State College; and Derek Ratcliffe from Daytona State College.
Maier, Ratcliffe and Velardo will study civil engineering; McClung and Roghelia will study chemical engineering.
Each will receive $10,000 per year for two years thanks to the program, known as FITS-STEM, which is funded by a $610,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. Florida Tech partnered with Eastern Florida State College and Indian River State College on the grant project.
“We are excited to have our first cohort on campus and to be able provide educational opportunities to students that they may otherwise not be able to afford,” said Ashok Pandit, principal investigator on the FITS-STEM grant and professor and head of the civil engineering department at Florida Tech’s College of Engineering.