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About ESP

The Engineering Scholars Program: Increasing Access and Diversity (ESP Scholars) at AACC is a scholarship program for students in engineering or engineering technologies.

In 2011, AACC was awarded a $598,000 grant from the NSF to support this five-year program. It is the first of its kind at AACC! The program provides scholarships of up to $4,000 each year to academically talented students demonstrating a financial need to help them graduate from AACC in engineering or engineering technology programs, transfer to a four-year institution and enter the workforce. The program targets underrepresented groups in engineering such as women, African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans, although anyone can apply.

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Application Requirements

If you are interested in the ESP program and would like to apply, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Have a strong interest in pursuing a career in Engineering or Engineering Technologies field
  2. Have a desire to become actively engaged in your learning by conducting research or participating in an internship.
  3. Be enrolled full-time at AACC as an Engineering or Engineering Technologies major currently or for the semester after you apply for ESP program
  4. Have a minimum GPA of 2.75
  5. Submit a FAFSA form along with your application to document you need financial assistance

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Apply for the Spring 2013 or Fall 2013 semester!

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The Second Friday Engineering Series

Dr. Robert Leathers, Physical Scientist, Optical Sciences Division-Naval Research Laboratory will be joining us for a discussion on the development and testing of airborne hyperspectral imaging systems Friday, April 12th at 2:30 PM.

ESP Scholars Speak

“I am motivated to keep going because I see that a professional career will develop!”
“I also enjoyed ... the personalized mentorship and opportunities for me to succeed.”

ESP Success

During the first year of the program, 14 students were awarded scholarships. Among these students, 8 graduated and/or transferred and were accepted to engineering programs at the following institutions: University of Maryland at College Park, University of Maryland Baltimore County, and the Naval Academy. Two scholars have received scholarships with additional applications pending. We anticipate additional graduates/acceptances for the scholars who are continuing their studies for the upcoming academic year. Based on current applications, we are expecting a diverse class of about 25 scholars who will participate in the program during the upcoming year.

ESP Program Leadership

The Engineering Scholars Program is led by Principal Investigator/Professor of Mathematics Dr. Alycia A. Marshall along with CO-principal investigators Dr. Richard Cerkovnik (Director of the STEM Center) and Professor Frank Lanzer (Chair of the Engineering Department).

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