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AACC Engineering Scholars Program Seeks Applicants

Nov. 11, 2011

      Anne Arundel Community College is seeking students interested in careers in engineering and engineering technologies for its innovative Engineering Scholars Program, which offers up to $4,000 annually in scholarships to qualified applicants who demonstrate financial need.

      The “AACC Engineering Scholars Program: Increasing Access and Diversity” (ESP Scholars) is funded by a National Science Foundation grant of $598,000 awarded to the college in 2011. The program’s purpose is increasing numbers of academically talented students who graduate from AACC, transfer to a four-year college or university and work in engineering or who go directly from graduation from AACC into an engineering technologies career.

      This fall marked the launch of the program, which has 10 scholars and targets underrepresented populations such as women and minorities. High school seniors, currently enrolled AACC students and career changers of all ages are welcome to apply. The deadline to apply for this spring 2012 term is Dec. 1.

      In addition to receiving financial assistance, scholars benefit from a weeklong summer orientation (Aug. 6-10, 2012), faculty and industry mentoring and support as well as opportunities for internships, attendance at conferences and professional meetings and in engineering research. Students participate in organized tutoring and study groups during the academic year and get help accessing career services.

      Application criteria includes being a U.S. citizen or having permanent U.S. residency status. Students must either be or intend to be enrolled full time in the college Engineering Transfer Associate of Science degree program, Electrical Engineering Associate of Science in Engineering degree program or Electronic Engineering Technology Associate of Applied Science degree program, which has options of Electronics or Telecommunications. They must have a 2.75 GPA and agree to participate in ESP Scholar academic and professional activities.

      To join the 2012-2013 program, apply by Jan. 16, 2012 to receive notification of acceptance by March 1, 2012 or apply by March 16, 2012 to receive notification by May 15, 2012. For an application or for more information on ESP Scholars, visit or contact AACC’s Melissa Figueira at 410-777-2110 or