– Dr. Mary Helen McCay, Florida Tech College of Engineering research professor, has established the Wilbur Dean Johnston
International Student Scholarship in honor of her father. With the first donation of $10,000, scholarship awards were recently made to four students.
They are: Georgia Stellos Kargiori, a physics major from Cyprus; Toshimitsu Umeta, a mechanical engineering major from Japan; Nahed Bahman, an aviation
management major from Bahrain; and Eyre Mischka Hylton, a communications major from Jamaica.
Planning additional contributions of $10,000 annually for nine years, McCay will eventually fund the scholarship with a total of $100,000.
The International Student Scholarship Committee selects scholarship recipients. The recipients, from foreign countries, must hold a 3.85 grade point
average, be full-time students and have 60 credit hours completed.
“The Florida Tech student population is over 25 percent international,” said Marsha Duncan, vice president for student affairs. “We have some really
wonderful international students here and, when their family financial circumstances change, it is often difficult to get them the help we can for other
students in need. This scholarship fills a huge void just wonderfully.”
McCay’s father, who has always stressed the need for education, had a long career at AT&T’s Southern Bell as a supervising engineer.
PHOTO: Scholarship recipients join with benefactor (L to R): Eyre Mischka Hylton, Nahed Bahman, Dr. Mary Helen McCay, Toshimitsu Umeta and Stellos