5. FIT was founded thanks to 37 cents and alcohol
Talk about a bargain.
The Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne was started with a 37-cent donation. Jerome Keuper, the university’s founder, came up with the idea for the “Brevard Engineering College” in the 1950s, but it wouldn’t be until he had drinks with a friend at a local pub that the idea would really come to fruition.
“As university lore would have it, Dr. Keuper expressed his desire to create a scientific and technological university to a friend over drinks at a local pub. In jest, the friend pushed 37 cents in change across the table and said, ‘There’s your first donation, Jerry. Now go and build that college,'” according to FlT records.
So he did, and the rest is history.
Taken from the sixth part of a series dedicated to highlighting the many interesting facts found in cities across the Space Coast. Part 1: 10 things you probably don’t know about the Space Coast can be found here. Part 2: Titusville, can be found here. Part 3: Merritt Island can be found here. Part 4: Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral can be found here. Part 5: Cocoa and Rockledge can be found here.
Touted as the “economic engine” of Brevard County, Melbourne is often regarded as the area’s most bustling city.
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