NACME Scholorships


What We Do

NACME has always provided scholarship money to underrepresented minority students through the nation’s universities. NACME manages its programs through leveraged partnerships with universities, encouraging those universities to increase the retention-to-graduation rates of all minority students. NACME provides scholarships to students in the form of block grants to universities and in return asks those universities to promote a campus environment that embraces diversity and inclusiveness, and provides encouragement and support for underrepresented minority engineering students.

The universities benefit from participation in NACME’s annual meeting, where best practices are shared on college recruitment, retention, and graduation. The 2015 meeting, "Celebrating NACME's Partnerships", was sponsored by the Northrop Grumman Company. Below you can view the presentations and agenda.

Continuum Meeting Agenda (200 kb pdf)

Continuum Meeting Presentations:

Accomplishments for the current 2010-2015 Plan (1 mb pdf)

NACME Scholar Engagement Opportunities - Executive Speaker Series (2.4 mb pdf)

NACME Scholar Engagement Opportunities - NACME Career Center Demonstration (2.3 mb pdf)

NACME STEM Integration Model - Outcomes (500 kb pdf)

NACME Next Five-Year Strategy  (900 kb pdf)

The Big Study: Key Findings (1.2 mb pdf)


Partner Universities

NACME Partner Universities demonstrate their leadership by

  • Recruiting high-achieving URM students from high schools and community colleges;
  • 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;
  • Striving to improve the retention to graduation of underrepresented minority engineering students.

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.

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The toolkit is a guide for universities for report submissions to NACME

NACME Scholarships Toolkit cover


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).


NACME Scholars

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NACME Evaluation Reports are developed and compiled by the NACME Research, Evaluation and Policy department and are reviewed by members of the NACME Research and Policy Advisory Council.

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