Posted: February 18, 2000
More than 50 engineering and computer science students each semester will receive tuition and paid work experience through a new scholarship program at California State University, Sacramento.
The scholarships are funded with a two-year, $220,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, which the University received today. Recipients will be low-income students in their final two years of undergraduate study who are served by the MESA Engineering and Computer Science Program (MEP).
Each student will receive about $2,000 annually, along with placement in paid work experience through the CSUS Cooperative Education program, the largest co-op program in California. The combined funds should cover most of an average student's expenses, including housing. Students also will receive mentoring and professional development assistance.
The first scholarships will be awarded this semester.
"Our idea of blending the scholarship with co-op work experience really got the attention of NSF," said Larry Hill, director of the CSUS Cooperative Education program. "We'll be able to help students get college funds through both scholarships and solid work experience."
This is the second large grant obtained this school year with the help of the CSUS Co-op program. The first, a $75,000 grant from the National School to Work Program in December, helped create a work program at Valley High.
The new scholarships build upon the Project Success model developed through the MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement) Engineering and Computer Science Program, which will administer the grant. Project Success helps about 30 high-achieving engineering students each year find paid positions in their fields, and provides counseling and monitoring programs.
More information is available from Madeleine Fish, director of the MESA Engineering and Computer Science program, at (916) 278-5911.
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