Florida Tech Names Newest Farmer Scholar Benjamin Yue of Kissimmee Is High Achiever

MELBOURNE, FLA.—Florida Institute of Technology has named Benjamin Yue the 2013 recipient of the Farmer Scholarship. A senior in the International Baccalaureate Program at Gateway High School in Kissimmee, Fla., he plans to become a computer engineering major at Florida Tech in the fall.

Yue maintains a 4.73 grade point average on a weighted scale. He is founder and head coach of the Tennis For All Club, vice president of Best Buddies International (an organization that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities), and is captain of his school’s varsity tennis team. Yue is also a member of the ecology club, teen court, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and is the Fiesta Key Homeowner’s Association’s head of community service.

The Farmer Scholarship program provides a full four-year scholarship awarded annually to a Florida resident and high school graduate. Included in the scholarship are all tuition and university fees, a room in Harris Village’s Farmer Hall and the regular university meal plan.

The Farmer Scholars program began in 2009. Each subsequent fall semester, another incoming student is selected so that now four students are enrolled at Florida Tech as Farmer scholars—freshman to senior.

Additionally, the Farmer Scholar is given a stipend between the junior and senior years for enrichment through Florida Tech’s summer study abroad program at Oxford University.

Phillip W. Farmer, retired chairman, president and chief executive officer of Harris Corp., donated $1.5 million to establish this endowed scholarship.

“Mr. Farmer’s generosity makes it possible to bring the best and brightest students to Florida Tech. He’s helping us to compete with the nation’s top universities for some great additions to our student body,” said Florida Tech President and CEO Anthony J. Catanese.

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