Become a university partner
NACME is the largest provider of college scholarships for underrepresented minorities pursuing undergraduate degrees at schools of engineering, with the mission of diversifying the engineering workforce to look like America. NACME manages its programs through leveraged partnerships with our university partners, encouraging them to implement programs that will increase the retention-to-graduation rates with competitive GPAs of all minority students. NACME’s primary scholarship is administered through a block grant to our partner institutions with the expectation that these universities create a campus environment which embraces diversity and inclusiveness, which in turn provides encourage and support for the underrepresented minority engineering students.
When you become a NACME Partner Institution, your institution’s underrepresented undergraduate minority engineering students will have the opportunity to receive scholarship funding through our grant programs and other scholarships opportunities offered by our Partner and Non Partner Corporate Sponsors. Your Scholars will also have the opportunity to apply for internships and full-time jobs after graduation with our Partner Corporate Sponsors. Your students will also have access to our C.A.S.E Academy (Career Accelerator in Science and Engineering Academy) which provides exposure to our many career focused programs intended to better equip students with the knowledge and skillsets needed post-graduation. Your university will also be able to participate in annual conferences where we discuss best practices in engineering education targeted towards underrepresented minority engineering students.
Join us as we strive to create an engineering workforce that looks like America!
When you give at a Leadership level you enable us to meet our most pressing needs and to fund our highest priorities. By supporting NACME with a gift of $1,000 or more you directly ensure that we can continue to improve our research into the engineering education and workforce, build on new initiatives such as pre-engineering, and most importantly, increase our ability to give more STEM education scholarships to more deserving URMs across the nation. Your gift makes the dreams of aspiring engineers come true.
Membership in the NACME Leadership Gift Society recognizes individual donors for their annual support. Unless you prefer to remain anonymous, your generosity will be recognized in our annual report. Our fiscal year runs from September 1 through August 31.
NACME Partner Universities demonstrate their leadership by
Recruiting high-achieving URM students from high schools and community colleges;
Striving to improve the retention to graduation of underrepresented minority engineering students.
Implementing admissions policies and procedures that reflect a broad approach beyond SAT/ACT scores and GPAs in evaluating student potential to succeed;
Providing programs that engage students in the engineering culture and expose them to opportunities to transform their college life into an enriching experience;
How to Become a Partner University
Academic institutions that wish to participate in the NACME Scholars program must demonstrate a commitment to underrepresented minority student success that is evidenced in their recruitment, admission, retention, and graduation of African American, American Indian, and Latino engineering students.
Participating universities and colleges enter into a five-year partnership, which is reviewed annually to compare institutional performance against established enrollment and graduation goals. NACME expects evidence of continuous improvement toward parity. Such indicators of success would include in the aggregate rising GPAs, reduction in retention rate between NACME scholars and comparison group (e.g., other minority engineering students or non-minority engineering students), and stable or decreasing time to degree.
The program was created to achieve the following goals:
The toolkit is a guide for universities for report submissions to NACME
Best Practices in Graduation Rates
These academic support systems are working for underrepresented minority (URM) students across the country. The University of Seattle reports using NACME funding to back students who are in their final quarters of study, when traditional funding sources are exhausted. And the University of Alaska in Anchorage, which serves about 300 Native American engineering students, has a 70% graduation-to-retention rate through their Alaska Native Sciences & Engineering Program (ANSEP).