How does it feel to be named a School of Engineering Alumni-Industry Scholar? When this year’s cohort of Scholars was recently asked to describe their reactions upon receiving the news, their responses ranged from thankful and humbled, to overjoyed and ecstatic, to “really”???
The Alumni-Industry Scholars program was launched in 2012, thanks to the generous contributions and commitment of School of Engineering alumni, and rewards juniors and seniors who have proven themselves academically with both the financial and hands-on, experiential support needed to launch successful careers. A unique and important component of the program is establishing student-alumni connections that are realized through career development internships and mentoring.
“As the Alumni-Industry Scholar program advances into its second year, I am particularly proud of the support generated by SOE alumni which has allowed us to increase the number of Scholars from three in year one, to ten recipients in this current year,” commented Thomas N. Farris, dean of the School of Engineering. “This program exemplifies our values as a community of scholars working together as students, faculty, and alumni in support of each other as we achieve great things and make the School of Engineering an exciting place to learn.”
The Alumni-Industry Scholar program awards academic proficiency—students must maintain a greater than 3.00 GPA average through their first two years—passion for the engineering profession, important character qualities including leadership, honesty, and integrity, and a desire to give back by helping other students. Students receive full scholarships for their remaining two years of study, as well as summer internships and mentorship opportunities throughout the year with members of the Rutgers Engineering Industry Advisory Board and other engineering alumni. With the establishment of this program, new internships have been secured with prominent companies including Bell Helicopter, Raytheon, National Instruments, Boeing, JP Morgan, adding to the many companies already providing internship and co-op experiences for Rutgers engineers.
“Becoming involved in this program as a financial supporter and a mentor has been extremely rewarding and I look forward to meeting the new class of Scholars,” said Robert Beardsley ENG’68, an initial funder of the Alumni-Industry Scholars program. “Re-engaging with the School of Engineering and its students has been a wonderful experience for me and I would heartily encourage all the members of our alumni community to become involved in this excellent program as both financial and corporate resources.”