Madison Marie Rooth is Florida Tech’s 2019 Farmer Scholar

Madison Marie Rooth is the recipient of Florida Tech’s most prestigious financial award, the Farmer Scholarship. 

The Florida resident graduated this year from the private Academy of the Holy Names in Tampa, earning a 4.40 weighted GPA and scoring 33 out of 36 on her ACT.

Excelling and engaged no matter the subject, Rooth was a member of countless national honor societies due to her academic proficiency. Furthermore, beyond the classroom, Rooth was a project manager on her school’s first Robotics team, vice president of the SWAT STEM Club and interned at Chromalloy Castings in Tampa.

“Her mission work and dedication to robotics have broadened Madison’s perspective about the world,” Micky Stagg, who chairs the World Languages Department at Holy Names and taught Rooth for two years in Spanish class, said in a letter of recommendation. “She sees herself as a global citizen.”

Rooth said she is excited to experience all that a Florida Tech education offers.

“I am most excited about the opportunities Florida Tech harbors for undergraduate involvement. I believe engagement with the material is a critical aspect of learning, and Florida Tech not only provides the pathways to success but encourages students to define their own route to mastery through different approaches,” she said.

“Also, I am very excited to meet so many new people with a genuine passion for learning,” Rooth added. “A variety of perspectives enriches the overall experience, and I cannot wait to be a part of this community.”

Florida Tech President Dwayne McCay said Rooth and Florida Tech are an ideal fit.

“We are happy to have Madison’s enthusiasm and curiosity on campus, and I look forward to seeing her growth as a scholar and global citizen,” he said.

About the Farmers Scholar Program

Phillip W. Farmer, the retired chairman, president and chief executive officer of Harris Corp. and past chairman of the Florida Tech Board of Trustees, donated $1.5 million to establish the endowed scholarship in 2009. 

The program provides a full, four-year scholarship awarded annually to a Florida resident and high school graduate who is among the top 5 percent of their class and demonstrates exceptional academic achievement and outstanding personal character.

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