Andrew & Judith Economos Scholarships
The Andrew & Judith Economos $5,000.00 STEM Scholarship will be awarded to an academically outstanding Manatee High School senior with demonstrated interest in STEM related fields and activities seeking to pursue higher education in a STEM field.
The Andrew and Judith Economos $5,000.00 Liberal Arts Scholarship will be awarded to an academically outstanding Manatee High Senior with demonstrated interest in Liberal Arts including but not limited to the following majors: Economics; Education; Art; Humanities; English; History; Psychology.
Andrew Economos’ family moved to Bradenton from Sarasota when he was very young. He is a 1955 graduate of Manatee County High School. He is a successful businessman, inventor, mathematician, engineer, philanthropist and along with his wife, Judith, they established and personally fund these scholarships for the benefit of graduating MHS seniors. Read below to learn about them.
Over the past decade, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) has been a focal point in education in our country. This term, while relatively new, has been a primary focus in Andrew Economos' life for more than sixty years. After earning his Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Mathematics from University of Florida, and interning with the fledgling NASA, he and his new bride Judith headed to California where he had accepted a job in aerospace computing. The couple shared a thirst for knowledge, while in California each earned their Ph.D.’s from UCLA, he in mathematics, she in philosophy.
His business computer modeling led to a job offer from RCA's Sarnoff Labs, taking them cross-country to Princeton and New York. Andrew's work soon caught the attention of NBC, and RCA subsidiary. As a Sr. Vice President, he headed up computer activity for all divisions. While at NBC, Andrew realized the need for automation in the broadcast industry and created a computer system that would revolutionize the industry. He founded RCS (Radio Computing Services, Inc.) a company that he expanded to twenty-four countries. In 2005, after thirty years, Andrew sold RCS and in 2015, he and Judith returned to Florida.
Andrew and Judith donated $1,000,000.00 to Mote Marine Laboratories to establish the Red Tide Institute in the quest to find a solution that will mitigate this devastating algae bloom. Andrew sits on Marie Selby Botanical Gardens board, the Scientific Advisory Board of AVRA Medical Robotics, the board for Asolo Repertory Theatre, the Board of Trustees for the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and Board Chair of Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber Fab Lab.