Lawrence Technological University STEM Scholarship Program: Be a Nuclear Expert in Southeast Michigan
Lawrence Technological University (LTU) is enabling students to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering with a concentration in power engineering, and well positioned to be employed by the U.S. nuclear power industry. Students complete an associate's program at any community college in southeast Michigan in Nuclear Engineering Technology and then transfer to LTU to complete the BS degree. Two pre-engineering scholarships are awarded to students at any community college in southeast Michigan each year of the five-year award, and eighteen to LTU students in the electrical or computer engineering programs.
The project is preparing highly-adaptable energy technicians skilled in the generation, transmission, and distribution of power, while simultaneously laying the foundation for continuing education and training necessary to upgrade workforce personnel skills. To ensure student success, LTU is offering a comprehensive package of student outreach and support, career exploration, and job placement services. Scholarship recipients are learning about power engineering through interdisciplinary courses, guest lecturers, and field trips, as well as participation in a local chapter of professional organizations. LTU is leveraging its network of local and regional industry partnerships, including DTE Energy Corporation, to aid in the recruitment, retention, and job placement of the S-STEM scholars.
The project is meeting national needs for a highly-skilled, diversified workforce in the generation, transmission, and distribution of power, and for highly-qualified candidates for graduate studies. The project is strengthening the partnership between the two-year and four-year institutions of higher education, along with local engineering and technology employers. As southeast Michigan is changing its economic base, the project will benefit a region with substantial challenges.
Specifically, a total of twenty (20) S-STEM scholarships totaling $104,000 per year will be awarded to S-STEM scholars who have completed their two-year nuclear associate program and enter LTU electrical and computer engineering programs seeking a B.S. degree. The amount available for each scholarship year has been selected because it will cover costs for tuition, books, and supplies at each institution. In details, students will be required to select forty eight (48) credits pre-engineering courses in four (4) semesters in any community college in southeast Michigan. Two (2) students in the second year of pre-engineering will be awarded the NSF scholarship. Eighty four (84) credits courses will be continually studied in LTU regularly in at least five (5) semesters. Most of the scholarship will be awarded for students in LTU. The scholarship funds up to $10,000 per student per year (average amount is $5,200) and can be renewed to cover the entire undergraduate study at LTU. An energy certificate will be awarded to students who finish this program with excellent outcomes. Along with targeting women and underrepresented minorities in ECE programs, the project will also increase access to these programs by providing scholarship funds to those students with the greatest financial need.
General Scholarship Requirements for All Applicants:
At the time of application each S-STEM applicant at LTU* must:
- Be United States citizens, Nationals refugee aliens, or permanent residents at the time of application;
- Enroll full time at LTU (12 credits, with at least 9 credits at LTU during the award period);
- Demonstrate financial need by following the Department of Education guidelines;
- Demonstrate leadership and academic potential;
- Major in one of the four STEM programs, and
- Have a GPA of 3.0 or above. core course GPA higher than 3.2, ranking in top 30%
- Commit to meeting regularly with co-PI/advisor and participating in S-STEM activities
- Agree to respond to surveys to determine employment or student status following graduation
* Will discuss with the scholarship collaborator on MCCC scholars criteria.
Required documentation list:
- Completed NSF S-STEM scholarship application
- Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
- Three letters of recommendation (one should be from a college professor or counselor at MCCC; one from a LTU professor and another can be from a community member or employer who can address your skills)
- Personal statement addressing your educational and career goals which is an opportunity to let the scholarship committee know them more personally.
An additional requirement will be that these students are (1) completing two-year degrees in one of the industrial technology programs at Monroe County Community College (MCCC): Nuclear Engineering Technology (NET), Electronic and Computer Technology (ECT), Industrial Electricity/Electronic Technology (IET), Machine Manufacturing Technology (MMT), and Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET); or (2) are S-STEM scholars who have completed one of the above technology programs and who chose to transfer into Lawrence Technological University (LTU) four-year electrical and computer engineering (ECE) programs to seek a B.S. These students will receive scholarships from the second year of pre-engineering program at MCCC to the fourth year of the LTU program.
Selection Process: Students will apply for S-STEM scholarships by first completing a FAFSA and then LTU’s standard scholarship application which is used for all scholarships distributed through LTU’s Financial Aid Office. These forms will be made available at financial aid and student support services offices on all campuses and in area high schools and targeted community organizations. The application that students will use to apply for S-STEM scholarships consists of four sections: personal and educational information, financial information, a one-page personal statement that addresses educational and career goals, and three letters of recommendation.
Scholarship Renewal: Scholarships will be renewed each term, provided that students continue to meet all eligibility requirements and demonstrate progress towards graduation. Scholarship award are available for the second year pre-engineering of MCCC students and five additional semesters for students continuing their education at LTU.
Reallocation Procedure: Regular monthly meetings between co-PIs and each S-STEM scholar will make it possible to identify and avoid any difficulties by ensuring that students receive the support they need. Student hardship will also be considered as a part of this decision and a deferral of scholarship funds may be offered, if justified. If at the end of any term, a student does not meet the criteria listed above, the remainder of the scholarship will be forfeited. The remaining money will then go to the next-ranked applicant who did not receive a scholarship.
If you are a new student:
1. Complete application for admissions here.
2. Submit all official transcripts from schools attended prior to attending LTU
3. Complete FAFSA application on the web at www.fafsa.ed.gov
4. Complete Placement Assessments
5. Register for Classes
Make sure you review your email and direct mail after applying. The Office of Admissions and Enrollment Services will be communicating with you regarding next steps, missing documents and scholarship opportunities. You do not want to waste time by not communicating back to us about your admissions to the university
If you are a returning student:
1. Complete application for admissions if you have been gone from the university for three years or more here.
2. Submit all official transcripts from any universities that you have attended since leaving LTU.
3. Complete FAFSA application on the web at www.fafsa.edu.gov
4. Complete upper classroom scholarship application
5. Contact the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering to schedule an appointment to register once you have been admitted or re-admitted. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Assistant to the Department Chair is Reka Dobbins and her email is firstname.lastname@example.org and her telephone number is 248.204.2540.
6. If you have been gone from the University less than three years, contact Reka to make an appointment for advising because you will only need to register.
A link to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid can be found here.
The application form can be found here (.docx).
(Left to Right) Dr. Philip Olivier, Co-PI, Dr. Kun Hua, PI, and Dr. Lisa Anneberg, Co-PI
Dr. Kun Hua, Assistant Professor
Lawrence Technological University
21000 West Ten Mile Road
Southfield, MI 48075
Dr. Lisa Anneberg, Associate Professor
Lawrence Technological University
21000 West Ten Mile Road
Southfield, MI 48075