The Minority and Women in Engineering Program at the University of Missouri-Rolla will receive $100,000 over the next five years through the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) Scholars Program. UMR is one of only 13 universities in the nation chosen for the designation.
The funding will allow UMR to provide more scholarships for minority students, further preparing them for careers in engineering, science and technology fields.
NACME selected UMR based on its track record in graduating and recruiting minority students as well as for efforts to provide strong academic programs, a vibrant support community and access to industry, says Dr. Robert Mitchell, dean of the School of Engineering.
"In 2001-2002 UMR graduated 38 African American engineers, more than any other school in the midwest, except for the state of Michigan," says Mitchell. NACME is the nation’s largest private source of scholarships for minorities in engineering. Since 1980, more than 17,000 students (about 15 percent of all minority engineering graduates) have received NACME support. Although most NACME scholarships are offered to individuals, they have also instituted a block grant program for a few universities.