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Zach Katkin and Harry Casimir of Atilus donates bitcoin to create scholarship fund

The scholarship will be awarded to rising juniors or seniors with grade point averages of at least 2.75; who demonstrate leadership in student clubs and organizations; have completed, or are enrolled in, a university sanctioned internship by the first day of classes; and who demonstrate financial need.

“Harry and I started our company at FGCU and we both received an education centered on technology,” said Katkin (’07, Liberal Studies).  “Atilus owes a lot to the university and we thought the idea of giving back using the future of money – bitcoin – would be the perfect union of philanthropy, technology and our alma mater. Giving back is one thing, but giving back in a meaningful way that furthers the discipline in which one was educated – and helps advance the institution of which many of us at Atilus are the products – is  even better!”

Casimir (’05, Computer Information Services) added that he, too, feels fortunate to be able to establish a scholarship at his alma mater at such a young age.

“We have found there are many ways to give back and stay connected to the university,” he said. “One way is to make a multi-year gift, which is what we did, and which quickly adds up.”

Bitcoin is a global decentralized form of digital currency in wide use on the Internet for secure monetary exchanges. It can be exchanged and converted into cash.

To make contributions to the fund or for more information, please contact Tony Lee, Director of Major Gifts at (239) 590-1068.