Recent Gifts

College of Engineering’s Student Learning Lounge

University leaders, alumni and friends gathered to celebrate the opening of the College of Engineering’s Student Learning Lounge on the second floor of the Olin Engineering Building, made possible by Nelson and Heidi Cambata.

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The generous gift of $200,000 transformed the area from a crowded, bare-bones room into a magnificent space for all engineering students to enjoy. The state-of-the-art design includes four collaboration rooms, each equipped with two 42-inch LCD monitors that can display from student laptops or the computers in the room. Two glass-encased study rooms contain a white board and space for group work or quiet study. A large table supports six internet connects and power sources for laptop computers. When it’s time to relax, the area contains two 42-inch TVs, comfortable sofas and directional speakers in the ceiling to prevent the audio from disturbing others. Between the two TV areas, a cozy library contains reference books, and a large new vending area contains healthy options to grab a snack or hot meal.

Indiafest’s Commitment to Brevard Funds New Scholarship

Fifteen years ago, a mere five hundred dollars created one of Brevard County’s most anticipated festivals, Indiafest.

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From day one, Indiafest’s commitment to philanthropy is well documented as this organization has assisted many local charities and provided aid in disaster recovery both nationally and internationally with the funds raised during the annual event.

This year, the Indiafest committee unanimously decided to donate $100,000 to create the Indiafest Brevard Scholarship Endowment.

Nina Gadodia, Indiafest Co-Chairman shared, “The Indiafest committee is proud to help a child achieve a wonderful education. This is one small way to encourage the talent of Brevard to stay in Brevard.”

“We are extremely grateful for the endowment which enables a local student to experience a high tech education right in their own backyard,” said Florida Tech President Anthony Catanese.

The Florida Tech Office of Financial Aid will award the scholarship to a Brevard County resident who graduates from Brevard Community College (BCC) and transfers to Florida Tech. Additional criteria include commendable academic achievements as well as evidence of community involvement.

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