Become a university partner

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.

Partner Universities

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;

Click here to see a regional list of the institutions that NACME currently partners with.

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:

Provide financial support to minority engineering students who have demonstrated financial need.

Leverage NACME’s partnerships with academic institutions to increase the retention-to-graduation rate of all minority engineering students enrolled at those schools.

Increase the capacity and capability of academic partner institutions to recruit, admit, retain, educate, and graduate minority engineering students.

For more information about the NACME Scholars program or to become a partner, please email


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).