June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
Minorities in Engineering
23.374.1 - 23.374.10
Design of a Scholarship Program for Optimal ImpactThis paper would fit best in the following topic: Benefits of participating in federally-funded scholarship / fellowship programs that target underrepresented groups. ABSTRACTFederal scholarship programs can provide resources to open up opportunities for students fromunderrepresented groups and thus improve diversity in the engineering workforce. However, thescholarship programs must be designed with this objective in mind to make most effective use ofthe resources. For example, reducing the award size increases the number of students thatreceive support, but the level of support may not be sufficient for the students to complete theirdegrees. On the other hand, using funds to provide very large offers may attract outstandingstudents who may have otherwise attended other institutions, but changing which institutions thestudents attend may not increase the number of underrepresented students in the profession. Inaddition, the scholarship awards need to be complemented with academic support programs sothat students persist to graduation.In this paper, these ideas will be illustrated using results from a National Science FoundationScholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) project thattargets students from underrepresented groups who have financial need, but do not qualify foruniversity-level scholarships. The project provides scholarships of full in-state tuition supportfor up to 4 years, so students can complete their degrees. The requirements are designed to sethigh expectations, but at the same time provide incentives and encouragement for students thatmay have difficulty in the adjustment from high school to college. The students are alsoprovided with various types of academic support. The design of this scholarship program andlessons learned from its implementation will be presented.
Fergus, J. W., & Scott-Harris, S. A. (2013, June), Design of a Scholarship Program for Optimal Impact Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19388
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