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In 1925, Ernest Kouwen-Hoven erected the first building on what is now the Florida Preparatory Academy campus. It was a magnificent Spanish Mediterranean-style mansion, complete with an authentic Art Deco interior.

The Lincoln Hotel 1926

He used the mansion as his home for only one year before selling it in 1926 to A.S. Widrig, who added extra rooms to it and renamed the property "The Lincoln Hotel." In 1957, The Lincoln Hotel was sold to August J. Rimer, the original owner of the Green Bay Packers. He renamed the hotel "The Belcelona."

In 1961, Mr. Rimer sold The Belcelona Hotel to Mr. Jonathan Dwight, an educator and aviation enthusiast from New Jersey. Several months later, with his wife Emmy Dwight, he founded Florida Air Academy, a military-style college preparatory school for young men.

In the fall of 2005, the Academy began accepting female students in both boarding and day capacities, raising the bar academically and socially.

In 2011, Florida Air Academy celebrated its 50th Anniversary year. Four years later in June of 2015, FAA became Florida Preparatory Academy (Florida Prep) to more accurately reflect its college preparatory identity and the AFJROTC program became an optional elective instead of a requirement. 

Following the sale of  Florida Prep in 2017 to California-based investment company, Newopen USA,  the academy embarked upon a 5-year investment plan encompassing campus technology, the expansion of the campus footprint and dormitory refurbishment.

A number of new support programs, including SAT and ACT prep were introduced, and a new academic STEAM-focused curriculum, designed to utilize the new campus facilities, was implemented. An active faculty recruitment drive continues to yield top-class talent from within the USA and beyond. Academics, leadership, character, and preparing students for college and a global business environment continues to be our primary focus.

Hall of Flags building from outside

Florida Prep is now located in one of the fastest growing technological communities in the United States, the 'Space Coast Corridor', a far cry from the sleepy small town the Dwights came upon in 1961.

They would no doubt be proud to note how their school has evolved to meet the growing needs of the area, and also the new student body, one firmly established in the 21st Century with a desire to embrace technology, and to touch the global marketplace in which they live.



en·tre·pre·neur a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so.

This year’s recipients of the inaugural $5,000 Florida Prep Entrepreneur Award, Wesley Brewer (Grade 10), and Aminah Hameedi (Grade 9), are both familiar with the work and commitment required to run their own business. Wesley is currently in the process of rolling out his Tree Maintenance and Power Washing enterprise, and Aminah is busy growing her Promotion Items company.  

During interviews with the Florida Prep selection Committee, both students shared the challenges they faced setting up their businesses; many of which would be familiar to any small business owner; including the importance of paying attention to details, responsibility to others, and independent decision making. They also highlighted family support and mentorship.

Each student then presented their business plan; a necessary, but daunting experience, for any business owner, and answered questions on their plans for the future.

Florida Prep Admissions Director, Safiyah Dinally said of the process “Wesley and Aminah are without doubt, future leaders and entrepreneurs, their maturity and ‘can-do’ enthusiasm were extremely impressive, and they are both worthy scholarship recipients’.

This is the inaugural year for the Entrepreneurial Scholarship and our entire Florida Prep community is excited to share in the business journey with our selected recipients.  We look forward to featuring more information as they progress, and to encouraging more interested students to participate in the selection process next year.

For more information on the Florida Prep Entrepreneurial Award contact admissions@flprep.com

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