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College Tech Gets Spacey.

By Florida Tech

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“A dream that became a reality and spread throughout the stars" --Captain Kirk, Star Trek 
Man (and woman of course) has always been fascinated with the night sky.  Its all-encompassing wonder has created many a mad scientist.  Florida Tech has always embraced the space sciences and was the first university to offer the degree in space science and probably created a few of those mad scientists. It’s probably no surprise given Florida Tech's commitment to providing high quality college tech toys.  The Department of Physics and Space Sciences houses one of the crown jewels of college tech, the Ortega 0.8-m Telescope.  Located on the building’s rooftop, the Olin Observatory is a stargazers dream.  The Olin Observatory also houses 15 eight inch computer controlled telescopes available for student use.  As well as being the largest research telescope in the south-east, the Ortega Telescope is part of a global network of telescopes that can all be operated simultaneously by Florida Tech researchers and students. This gives our students the exclusive opportunity to rapidly and accurately calculate the distances to hazardous (to Earth) asteroids and comet nuclei, and to observe other astronomical objects for up to 16 hours in one night!  The state-of-the-art Ortega Telescope and the Olin Observatory allows students to get hands on research experience.  So if you are into white dwarf stars, hypermassive black holes, extragalactic jets and cataclysmic variable systems, Florida Tech will blow your mind.  
 Ortega Telescope Even if you aren’t pursuing a career in space science and think a dwarf star was in the Wizard of Oz, there are plenty of opportunities to learn more about astronomy and the space sciences. The university sponsors public lectures every month as well as open observatory times.  If lectures aren’t your thing, then maybe a Student Astronomical Society (SAS) star party on the beach is more up your alley? Catch pizza and a meteor shower.  Share pictures, stories, telescopes or anything else related to astronomy.  If you want an opportunity to play rocket scientist, join the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS).  The  Florida Tech chapter is working on a United Nations project to launch a suborbital payload on a Soyuz rocket on the 50th anniversary of Yuri's Night on April  12th, 2011.  Florida Tech's proximity and relationship with the Kennedy Space Center provides students with unique opportunities not available to other universities. Nothing compares to watching a rocket take off in the night sky with the sand between your toes and the waves crashing in the background.  
 To learn all about the unique college tech that Florida Tech has to offer visit www.fit.edu and start exploring.

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University Financial Aid Gets Weird, Scholarships of the Strange.

By Florida Tech

Are you on the look-out for innovative ways to help pay for college? Well we've spent some time searching the web so you don't have to.  Here is our top 10 list of weird but true scholarships.

1. Kor Memorial Scholarship


Kor Memorial Scholarship

 You know Kor, the last son of the House of Kor and descendant to the Klingon Imperial Family.  Finally, a scholarship for those that speak Klingon, the fastest growing language in the galaxy. The Kor Memorial Scholarship will pop you for your skills. We hope you qap, asumming you don’t qaq. So tugh and apply

Klingon Dictionary:

Pop: honor, reward

Qap: succeed,

Qaq: behave falsely

Tugh: hurry up

2. National Candy Technologists Scholarship

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Have you devoted your high school career eating copious amounts of candy? The American Association of Candy Technologists wants to give you some dough, so give them some sugar and fill out an application for your chance to receive $5,000 of crisp greenbacks.

 3.  Scholars Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year (SAMMY)

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If you excel in academics, sports, community service and can rock a sweet stache, you might be eligble for the SAMMY.  A super star line up of celebrity athletes will help pick the winners, so apply for your chance at $7,500. 

 4. Evans Scholars Foundation Scholarship

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Why use a golf cart when you can strap 50 lbs of clubs to a machine that is powered by cheetos, aka the caddy.  Hundreds of student caddies across the US receive tuition and housing scholarships for helping golfers choose their clubs wisely and can probably be attributed to improving their score.  

 5. Tall Club International Student Scholarships

Tall Club International 


You must be at least a 5'10" female or 6'2" male to ride this ride.  Hey ladies, if you had to wear flats to your prom and pat your dates' head, at least you have $1,000 to comfort you. Hey guys, being tall is awesome too and now you can have the added bonus of $1,000.




 6. Van Valkenburg Memorial Scholarship


Calling all Van Valkenburgs! If this is your last name, then you are in luck.  You can get $1,000 for just having this fun and interesting last name. 




 7. Duck® Brand Duct Tape Stuck at Prom Contest

Stuck on You Contest




It's time to turn up the notch on embarassing prom pictures and get crafty.  Not only will you dazzle all your friends, you could also win $3,000.




 8. Ayn Rand Institute Essay Contests

Ayn Rand Institute

  Ayn Rand's books are a staple on most high school summer reading lists, so why not get paid for your insights on "the meaning of man’s ego", tyranny and  communism.



9. Eileen J Garrett Scholarship





If you are eligible for this scholarship, you probably already knew we were going to write about it.  The Parapsychology Foundation is a non-profit which offers a scholarship to students who posess mental telepathy.


 10. Vegetarian Scholarship

Vegetarian Scholarship

If you have been a vegetarian throughout your life and have proclamined it to the heavens and anyone else who would listen, you could win $10,000!

 Have you come across any weird university financial aid programs?  If so, share them with us by commenting below.

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95% of New Florida Tech Students Get University Financial Aid. You Can, Too!

By Florida Tech



“I really want to go to Florida Tech, but can I afford it?”

Florida Tech is more affordable than you think.  Did you know that 95% of new Florida Tech students receive some type of University Financial Aid? This should be no surprise considering the lengthy list of available scholarships and grants, and nearly 70% of freshmen are eligible for them.  The average package for first-year main campus students with need in 2010-11 was $29,000. 

So, what you might be asking yourself:

Q:  I’m wicked smart. Which University Financial Aid should I apply for?

A: Start with Academic Merit Scholarships

But, if you are like most students and have gone crossed-eyed from Google searching scholarships, check out our presentation to move in the right direction.

Q:  My parents have money, but I don’t. What should I do?

A: If you find you aren’t eligible for a scholarship or grant, Florida Tech will give you a $1,000 grant just for checking out the campus, which is renewable every year when you enroll at Florida Tech. So that means $4,000 over the course of four years at Florida Tech.

For more tuition assistance, you might want to start researching student loans. There are Federal and Private options. Use this handy calculator to help determine payments.

Q: I’m a Floridian, can the Sunshine State help me out?

A: Not only does being a Floridian mean you can wear flip-flops year-round, it also means you're eligible for Florida Bright Future Scholarships and Florida State Grants; you can also apply your Florida Prepaid College Plan to your tuition.

Q: What’s the first step?

A: After you have completed your research, start applying! Merit-based scholarship applications are due Feb 1. Federal and state grant applications are due March 1 by submitting a FAFSA.

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