Engineering Scholars Program Pre-College Camp Scholarships

Institution: Michigan Technological University
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Why This Project Is Important 

For too many high school students, science and engineering are perceived as abstract, difficult subjects. Students fall into the trap of believing that success in STEM is not attainable for them - or, just as distressingly, they are never introduced to the everyday critical role that fast-moving fields like engineering and technology play. Engineering Scholars Program gives students an immersive STEM experience with faculty and industry role models that can catalyze their interest in pursuing engineering in college and careers.

Project Description 

Scholarships provide opportunities for high-achieving young men and women in grades 9-11 to experience different areas of engineering including: chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer science, electrical & computer engineering, environmental engineering, geological engineering, materials science, and nanotechnology. For many of these students, your donation will create an opportunity to discover their own potential for success in engineering career fields. Led by Michigan Tech faculty, staff, and graduate students, participants will: • Explore engineering by constructing a building strong enough to withstand an earthquake, create their own message encryptor (share secrets only your friends can read), and more. • Get the inside scoop from role models working in engineering fields. • Work in teams to solve engineering problems and complete engineering projects. • Learn about the college application process and tips for succeeding in university engineering programs. • Experience college life—stay in a residence hall, explore campus, and meet other driven students with similar backgrounds and interests. • Enjoy team competitions, a variety show, and tons of outdoor activities in Michigan’s beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula. This program needs your sponsorship to provide opportunities to as many future engineers as possible. Students applying for ESP are highly competitive and motivated young people. They come from around the country and widely varying backgrounds to ignite their passion and engage in an experience that will shape their lives and benefit society.

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Meet the Researchers

Liz Fujita

Liz is a Coordinator at Michigan Tech's Center for Pre-College Outreach. Her outreach focus is on programs to benefit local students: GEAR UP (11th grade college readiness), after-school STEM clubs, and events for local students (including Get WISE and Engineering Olympics). She graduated from Michigan Tech in 2012 with a dual degree in mathematics and social science.

Cody Kangas

As Director of the Center for Pre-College Outreach at Michigan Tech, Cody leads a team of six to deliver three innovative university flagship operatives--Mind Trekkers, Summer Youth Programs, College Access Programs--as well as develop the Pre-College Innovative Outreach Institute. Prior to coming to Michigan Tech in 2008, Cody worked in several academic and athletic outreach programs, including Ann Arbor Public Schools and the United States Olympic Committee. While at Michigan Tech Cody has served on a number of task forces and steering committees, managed the delivery of innovative outreach programming for several hundred-thousand students and families through federal and private-funded sponsors, and created effective partnerships with stakeholders across K-12 schools, industry representatives, and non-profit organizations. Cody holds an MAED in Postsecondary Leadership from Michigan State University, and a BA in Sport Management from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. He is a proud father of two girls and spends his free time with his wife and family, traveling, and playing the guitar.

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What Your Donation Can Help Us Do: 

  • Provide Scholarships for students to attend ESP

$100+ 1 Funder

Thank you card, photo of students

$500+ 1 Funder

Souvenir mug

$1,000+ 1 Funder

Hand-written thank you letter from student

$2,500+ 1 Funder


$5,000+ 1 Funder

Gift sponsorship (logo on t-shirt, bag)

$10,000+ 1 Funder

Special event sponsorship (day of the week, dinner, full branding)

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