Florida Tech Names 2011 Presidents Scholar

  Florida Institute of Technology has named the President’s Scholar for 2011; he will start as a freshman this fall. Cody DeCosta from Jacksonville, Fla., is the recipient of the President’s Scholar Award, which provides a full four-year tuition scholarship.

DeCosta graduated in May from The Providence School in Jacksonville, Fla., where he finished with a 4.37 grade point average. He was a member of the National Honor Society, a recipient of the AP Scholar Award, the National Honor Society Scholarship Award, and the Award of Scholastic Excellence in AP Physics. He participated in junior varsity baseball and varsity wrestling. He was also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Delta Tau Sigma Leadership Society. He was Student Government Treasurer in 12th grade.

Active in the community, DeCosta contributed more than 100 hours of community service while in high school, volunteering for organizations that assisted the homeless and disadvantaged youth. He was also active in liturgy at Christ Episcopal Church in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Through his church youth group, he supported emergency assistance efforts for the homeless.

DeCosta, who will enter the university as a general engineering major, said, “Florida Tech has a broad range of engineering specialties to offer and partners with many companies that are some of the top employers in the engineering field.”

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