Alumni-Industry Scholars Program

 

More than a scholarship, the Alumni-Industry Scholar program is a unique award opportunity, envisioned and funded with the support of alumni, that gives Rutgers engineering students the opportunity of an enhanced education combining academics, professional networking, career coaching, and financial support.  The program is specifically designed to set the stage for professional and personal success and to instill commitment from scholars to continue the cycle by giving back to current SoE students.

Successful candidates receive: a $6000 scholarship from the School of Engineering ($3000 for each fall and spring terms) during their last two years of undergraduate study; an opportunity to conduct an informational interview with a successful alumnus; and invitations to alumni and industry events. The scholars will also collaborate to organize semester events where current students will benefit from learning more about the engineering industry. 

The Alumni-Industry Scholar award, available to School of Engineering juniors and seniors, recognizes students who have demonstrated academic proficiency by maintaining a greater than B average through the first two years, a passion for their profession, important character qualities including leadership, honesty, and integrity, and a desire to give back by helping other students. 

Awardees will receive the scholarship for their junior year, and renewal will be automatic for the senior year as long as the students actively participate in program activities and maintain the full-time status with a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA.

How to Apply

Rising juniors can apply through the general engineering scholarship portal at http://soe.rutgers.edu/scholarships. An interview will be scheduled soon after the AIS application deadline. 

Spotlight

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