The Black American Engineering Scholarship Award provides opportunities to underrepresented students in the field of engineering through scholarship funds and mentorship.

CREATING OPPORTUNITY THROUGH EDUCATION

The Helping Project Corp is dedicated to creating diversity in the field of engineering and further dismantling institutional racism toward Black Americans in STEM careers. With only 7% of STEM programs comprised of Black Americans and 9% of engineering degrees awarded to Black Americans, the need to provide opportunities and level the playing field is vitally important—especially since diverse teams are 21% more likely to outperform competitors and 33% more likely to create industry-leading profitability.

This annually renewable flexible scholarship of up to $10,000 (up to four years) provides a pathway to achievement for Black Americans pursuing careers in civil, mechanical, electrical, and chemical engineering. Selected candidates receive substantial financial assistance that can be applied to school expenses, including tuition, books, fees, and housing. Scholarship recipients also participate in a mentorship program designed to support their professional success.

ABOUT THE AWARD

– Up to $10,000 per school year is awarded to recipients to be used for tuition, books, fees and/or room & board
– Open to students pursuing careers in the classical engineering fields of civil, mechanical, electrical, and chemical engineering, including any subfield of those disciplines
– Opportunity to receive mentoring from successful business professionals
– Renewable annually for up to 4 years for a complete Bachelor’s degree

QUALIFICATIONS

– Black American pursuing a degree in civil, mechanical, electrical, or chemical engineering (or any subfield of those disciplines) at a public or private university or college with a strong engineering program
– In good academic standing with demonstrated financial need
– High school senior/incoming freshman OR transfers from a two-year program attending a four-year university for the first time
– Willing to participate in a mentoring program

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TURNING POTENTIAL INTO PROGRESS

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Inspired to take action by the powerful Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the summer of 2020, the team at The Helping Project was compelled to find actionable ways to combat systemic racism. The group set out to create pathways and opportunities that would have a generational impact and long-term effects on breaking down barriers for Black Americans, while also championing diversity in STEM fields.

The Helping Project team specifically designed this scholarship award to help dismantle institutional racism and help Black American women and men pursue engineering degrees. Statistics show STEM fields lack diversity, and institutional racism plays a role. However, research proves diverse teams actually increase profitability and drive innovation. Without equity in STEM careers, exceptionally talented Black American engineers often lack inroads to high-level career opportunities and entry into social-professional networks.

ROBUST MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

Scholarship winners also participate in a professional mentorship program with experienced professionals at top companies in their field. The mentors are excited to create opportunities for a new generation of talented future engineers.

Studies show a strong correlation between mentors and the success of underrepresented students in college. Through extensive interviews with university administrators, the team at The Helping Project realized that having experienced and trusted advisers to steer, guide, and encourage young people as they enter their careers and form their professional identities is invaluable. The Black American Engineering Scholarship Award’s mentorship program is designed to give recipients the network and support they need to make the most of their talents in school and in their future careers.

The mentors in this program are recruited from some of the strongest, most influential engineering circles in the field. Partnered with scholarship recipients who have similar career interests as their professional paths, mentors work with students in a relaxed, friendly one-on-one training program built for the students’ success. Mentors answer questions, offer career advice, help mentees set and meet goals, and provide real-world experience that will help scholarship recipients build successful, long-lasting careers and professional relationships.

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