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Engineers of Tomorrow scholarships awarded to 50 Tulsa-area students

Fifty Tulsa-area students were awarded $2,000 Engineers of Tomorrow scholarships on March 7 at the OSU-Tulsa Helmerich Research Center.

Oklahoma State University awarded 50 scholarships to Tulsa-area students March 7 during the Engineers of Tomorrow event at OSU-Tulsa’s Helmerich Research Center.

Each $2,000 scholarship was awarded to an area middle school, high school or college student to inspire an interest in pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers and an OSU degree in engineering.

The scholarships were awarded to area students who have shown an interest in STEM and helping younger STEM students succeed. Recipients may use the scholarship during their junior year at OSU-Tulsa or OSU-Stillwater.

“Research shows that the engineering and STEM education pipeline needs to start as early as elementary school in order to help young girls and boys realize they can address the grand challenges of the 21st century through engineering,” said Dr. Paul Tikalsky, dean of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology.

He said the program is part of CEAT's vision to reach children early and expose them to engineering and technology-based careers.

The scholarship program is a joint effort of OSU's CEAT, OSU-Tulsa, Tulsa Community College, NORDAM, Tulsa Flight Night and the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance.

NORDAM, headquartered in Tulsa, is one of the world’s largest independently owned aerospace companies, employing 2,500 stakeholders across multiple facilities in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance (TRSA) works to ensure that education policy initiatives on a local, state and federal level appropriately identify the needs and employ vital resources responsibly and effectively so that every student has access to the best possible STEM education. And Tulsa Flight Night is a nonprofit group that supports STEM education, programs and projects that inspire curiosity and learning in tomorrow’s leaders

“The Engineers of Tomorrow scholarship is a game changer for Green Country students considering becoming engineers,” said Xan Black, TRSA Program Director. “These generous scholarships impact our students in many ways. Imagine the impact it would have on a student's self-esteem and confidence to win an engineering scholarship as a middle schooler or even high school student."

Through TCC's Tulsa Achieves program, Tulsa County students with a 2.0 GPA may attend TCC tuition-free.

"The Engineers of Tomorrow scholarship provides assistance with that next financial step as students transition from TCC to OSU on their journey to engineering," Black said. "This will change the lives of our students as they work in the light of knowing that no less than OSU along with TRSA, Flight Night and TCC have put a down payment on their future."

For more information about the Engineers of Tomorrow scholarship, contact OSU CEAT scholarship coordinator Amanda Williams at a.n.williams@okstate.edu or 405-744-2446.

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