The Next Generation Initiative’s first endowed scholarship, the Archimedes Award is a scholarship for graduating high school seniors of Hellenic heritage, who are on track to be first-year university students, and who will be pursuing studies in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) related fields at a recognized institution of higher learning in the United States.
The Archimedes Award will be given in recognition of that student’s demonstrated academic excellence in the study of science, technology, engineering or math, as judged by an independent selection committee composed of university professors and experts with records of experience in STEM education. Qualified students are invited to apply online, and submit an application letter to the Archimedes Award selection committee, describing his or her academic career achievements and goals. The online application includes instructions for where to send copies of a student’s high school transcript, identifying the student’s grade point average, documenting the student’s record of academic achievement in the study of science, technology, engineering or math, along with recommendations from the student’s teachers in those fields, and any other materials that may help the selection committee understand the student’s interests and passions when it comes to one or more those specific fields.
The application period for the 2016 Archimedes Award scholarship is now closed. Applications received past the March 25, 2016 deadline will not be eligible for consideration.
About Dr. Andrew Economos, the Founder of the Archimedes Award
Andrew Economos earned his undergraduate degree in mathematics at the University of Florida. While a student there, he began working in the field of computer science in 1958, working at Cape Kennedy as a co-op student using computers to do missile flight simulations.
In the early 1960s, Mr. Economos moved to California, when computing was still very young but showing signs of rapid development. He worked in the aerospace industry and began work on his Ph.D in mathematics and statistics at UCLA. After graduating from UCLA he moved east to Princeton, where he developed computer business models at RCA’s Sarnoff Labs, then moved to New York to become Vice President in charge of the computing department at the TV and radio broadcast giant, NBC. While there, Dr. Economos oversaw the growth and use of online computing throughout NBC.
After 12 years at NBC, Dr. Economos grew interested in starting his own company, which he did in 1979. RCS (Radio Computing Services) was launched with a flagship product, Selector®, to handle the complex task of music scheduling at radio stations. Selector was the first of its kind and revolutionized song management at thousands of stations. It remains today the industry standard and most popular Broadcast software throughout the world. Building on the success of Selector, RCS introduced numerous software products for radio, TV, pioneered in playing audio from computers, B2B and Internet industries, and led his field in software development and research. The result was an ongoing stream of exciting new products affecting nearly every aspect of the day-to-day operation of broadcast stations, as well as products affecting music copyright organizations, broadcast advertising, and even non-broadcast agencies concerned with audio recording and identification. Today, RCS remains the largest software company in the world for broadcast computer software, with 22 offices around the world, and clients in more than a hundred countries.
Dr. Economos retired after 27 years of heading his own company, following RCS’s acquisition by Clear Channel Communications. While still active in business — he serves on the board of directors of a surgical robotics company, and owns several restaurants — Dr. Economos is also actively engaged in giving back to his community, including the sponsorship of a robotics competition at three local high schools he initiated six years ago. In addition to serving as a board member of the NY Botanical Garden and working with its governance and science committees, as well as serving on the board of the Westchester Community College Foundation and various New York theater groups, Dr. Economos is also an active gardener, furniture maker and sculptor — and has been happily married to his wife Judith for over 50 years.