John R. Alexander Scholars Program

  Alexander Family Matching Program

The Alexander family is generously offering a one-to-one matching gift opportunity in support of the Alexander Scholars Program. The goal is to raise $1.5 million of matching funds to create an additional $3 million for the Scholars Program.

Your consideration of a gift, matched by the Alexander family, is appreciated. There is no better tribute to John R. than to support the education of our country’s future leaders and innovators at Florida Poly.


An exceptional scholarship program targeting students who demonstrate first-class leadership and innovative capacity, honoring the legacy of noted leader and philanthropist, John R. Alexander.

Applicants Must Possess

  • Exceptional standardized test scores
  • Top GPA
  • Identifiable innovation aptitude
  • Defined leadership attributes

Application Process

  • Application to Florida Poly
  • Essay with a focus on overcoming obstacles, values, and determination to succeed
  • Selection by the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid

Recipients Receive

  • $40,000 over four years (five years as determined through Academic Affairs Office)
  • New laptops for every scholar
  • Dedicated success coach for the program
  • Welcome reception introducing the cohort to the Alexander Family
  • Graduation special recognition
  • Designated social media program
  • Specialized programming
  • Guaranteed acceptance to Florida Polytechnic University's graduate program (for students who meet the meet GPA requirements).

Current John R. Alexander Scholars

Alexander Gage

Alexander Gage `24

Engineering Physics | Venice, FL

Alexander Gage
“Florida Poly means opportunity to me. Florida Poly is also new, and because of this, youthful. This means that unlike other schools, we don't have a reputation to protect, but a reputation to build.  If I apply myself, and I have every intention of doing so, I can be part of this endeavor.”
Sebastian Sage

Sebastian Sage `24

Engineering Physics | Weston, FL

Sebastian Sage
“Florida Poly, to me, is a school dedicated to creating extremely intelligent, capable students who are perfectly positioned to both get a job, and then become a leader in their field and shape it for years to come.”
Emma Scott

Emma Scott `24

Mechanical Engineering | Lakeland, FL

Emma Scott
Parker Stanley

Parker Stanley `24

Engineering Physics | Titusville, FL

Parker Stanley
“I am so thankful for the Alexander Scholars Program because it allows me to pursue a degree in Engineering Physics without financial burden, and allows me to be a part of a group of intelligent and wonderful peers. I'm so excited to get to know them better and play a part in building a great university.”
Sarah Yenter

Sarah Yenter `24

Mechanical Engineering | Estero, FL

Sarah Yenter
“I came to Florida Poly for the opportunity to learn from highly skilled individuals and expand on my passion for engineering. This scholarship means so much to me and my family, and allows me to focus solely on my education rather than dividing my attention between work and school.”

About John R. Alexander


John Robert Alexander, of Frostproof, Florida, attended Purdue University on a Naval ROTC Scholarship before transferring to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He graduated in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science in Banking and Finance.

Alexander married Sarah Jane Griffin, and began his professional career as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, before rising to the rank of captain. After serving three years as an active duty Marine and five years in the Marine Corps Reserves, Mr. Alexander launched a highly successful 40-year career working at Ben Hill Griffin, Inc., serving as its CFO before going on to serve as CEO and President of Atlantic Blue, Inc., and ultimately retiring as CEO and chairman of the board of Alico, Inc.

John’s unwavering care for his family, community, and state was an extension of his strong Christian commitment, and this found expression in a host of worthy causes, including his involvement in Florida TaxWatch, Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission, Florida Citrus Commission, Rotary International, Farm Credit of Southwest Florida, Floridians for Better Government, Florida Chamber of Commerce, Frostproof Police Retirement Pension, Florida Polytechnic University, and his church of 50 years, First Presbyterian of Frostproof.