New College of Florida Names First Archimedes Scholars

Sarasota philanthropists Andrew and Judith Economos established the Archimedes Scholars Program with a $500,000 gift and selected New College to administer the award earlier this year. The scholarship program, named after the Greek mathematician and scientist, provides a $10,000 scholarship annually to a New College student and a $5,000 scholarship yearly to two graduates of high schools in Sarasota or Manatee County pursuing studies in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) field.
Kevin Zhu, also a Pineview High School graduate, and Griffin Heckler, a graduate of Manatee High School, will receive annual $5,000 scholarships from the Archimedes Scholars Program. Zhu plans to study biotechnology at the University of Toronto with the goal of someday starting his own biotech firm. Heckler intends to study neuroscience at the University of Florida and has her sights set on a career in research or therapy.

Founded in Sarasota in 1960, New College of Florida is the state's only legislatively designated Honors College of Florida. New College prepares intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement by providing a highly individualized education that integrates academic rigor with career-building experiences. New College offers 45 undergraduate majors in liberal arts and sciences, a master’s degree program in data science, and certificates in technology, finance, and business skills.

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