Funding Tech Futures at New College Florida

Tech has been good for Andrew and Judith Economos. Now they will give back to students in the field.

First-hand prosperity at the hands of the burgeoning tech industry informs the Economos as they promote a future for science-savvy students in Greater Sarasota. While living in New York, the Economos created the Archimedes Scholars Program providing financial prizes to Greek-American students studying science, technology, engineering and math. Now the couple, who relocated to Sarasota in 2005, will launch the Archimedes Scholars Program anew.

The philanthropists in February re-established the program locally with a $500,000 gift, which New College of Florida will administer to give scholarships to New College students each year, as well as to high school graduates from Sarasota and Manatee schools. No longer limited to students of Greek heritage, the funding remains focused on encouraging the study of STEM fields.