NACME awards Kettering $225,000

Jun 13, 2005

A five-year block grant will help Kettering recruit and retain minority students.

Kettering University has been selected by the National Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME) as one of eight new NACME Scholars Program Block Grant institutions, beginning in the 2005-06 academic year.

Kettering will receive scholarship funds totaling $225,000 over five years from NACME to support the success of minority students studying engineering. Chosen based on excellence in recruiting, enrolling, educating and graduating African American, Latino and American Indian engineers, Kettering will receive $45,000 for the 2005-06 academic year to provide up to 18 scholarships of $2,500 each.

"This gift is significant," said Dwight Tavada, director of the Office of Minority Student Affairs at Kettering. "Kettering has had one of the highest minority student retention rates in the country for the past 10 years," he said. "We are part of an elite group of universities striving for academic excellence and retention," said Tavada.

"The NACME grant is going to off-set the cost of an education for our students and enable us to continue to recruit high caliber students to the institution," he added.

One such student is Ernest Estes, of Portland, Ore., a junior this fall majoring in Electrical Engineering. A co-op student with General Motors in Moraine, Ohio, Estes combines co-op earnings with scholarship monies to offset his educational costs. "I still have to take out loans," he said, "but every little bit helps."

Estes said the NACME grant will be very beneficial to Kettering this year, especially after a state budget cut of $100,000 that supported minority recruitment and retention. "This will help Kettering's Office of Minority Student Affairs recruit minority students and keep them here," said Estes.

He chose Kettering because of the opportunity to work during school. "It's a good system," he said, "you can learn things that are not taught in a classroom."

Kettering's Office of Minority Student Affairs has also been recognized recently by the National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Administrators (NAMEPA) as an exceptional contributor to increasing the participation of minorities in engineering disciplines in higher education for the Academically Interested Minorities (AIM) pre college program.

Written by Dawn Hibbard
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