NACME Scholarship Programs

Scholarship Programs

Expanding Participation for Tomorrow’s Underrepresented Minority Engineers

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Career Center

College-to-Career Engagement by Connecting NACME Scholars with Corporate Supporters

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Corporate Support

Committed to Helping Minority Women and Men Succeed in STEM Education and Careers

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Partner Institutions

Graduating More Than 30 Percent of All Underrepresented Minority Engineering Students

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STEM Scholarships for Under-Represented Minorities

Through partnerships with like-minded entities, NACME’s scholarship program for under-represented minorities serves as a catalyst to increase the proportion of Black/African American, Native/American Indian, and Latinx/Hispanic American young women and men in STEM careers. We inspire and encourage excellence in engineering education and career development toward achieving a diverse and dynamic American workforce.

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STEM Scholarships & Education

The academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are typically referred to under the acronym STEM. These subjects have become a focal point for educators and policy makers due to the high demand for qualified professionals in these fields. To fill this demand, the pool of students who receive STEM education from K-12 through college must be expanded. NACME works to bring engineering education scholarship funds to underrepresented minorities (URM’s) — African Americans, American Indians, and Latinos — who are expected to comprise 40 percent of the overall population by 2050. The key to U.S. competitiveness in the future global market is engaging these groups to pursue STEM education and careers. 

College Scholarships for Historically Under-Represented Minorities in Engineering and Computer Science

College students have been forced to absorb increasing amounts of debt due to rising educational costs. This issue, which NACME refers to as The College Affordability Crisis, is particularly problematic for underrepresented minority students, who, on average, accumulate higher student loan debt totals compared to their peers (see NACME’s College Affordability Research Brief). Once enrolled, many under-represented minority (URM) students are forced to work in order to support themselves financially, which can often be detrimental to their academic performance. Financial aid and scholarships, in particular, can help to alleviate this burden. 

For the past 40 years, NACME has awarded engineering scholarships to URM students seeking a postsecondary degree. NACME distributes these awards, through the NACME Scholars (block grant) Program, to colleges and universities that, in turn, distribute funding to talented underrepresented minority students enrolled in engineering programs as part of their financial aid packages. NACME annually awards more than $4 million in scholarship funds to underrepresented men and women minority engineering students. 



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