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LTU to offer 50 $80,000 scholarships to Wayne-Westland students

Release Date: November 10, 2021
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LTU President Virinder Moudgil (left) and John Dignan, superintendent of the Wayne-Westland Community Schools, sign the scholarship agreement.
LTU photo / Brian Breen

SOUTHFIELD—Officials of Lawrence Technological University and the Wayne-Westland Community Schools have signed an agreement to offer students from the district college scholarships to pursue careers in the science, technology, engineering, arts and architecture, or mathematics (STEAM) disciplines. 

The Blue Devil Wayne-Westland Scholars program will provide scholarships to 50 Wayne-Westland students from the district’s two high schools, Westland John Glenn and Wayne Memorial High School, as well as its William D. Ford Career-Technical Center. Each scholarship is worth $80,000. 

“This new partnership accomplishes several of our goals as a school district,” said John Dignan, superintendent of the Wayne-Westland Community Schools. “We want to create more STEAM scholars to fill the huge talent gap in those disciplines. This gap is especially severe in Southeast Michigan.” 

The agreement between LTU and the Wayne-Westland schools creates a comprehensive partnership between the two educational institutions. In addition to providing the scholarships, LTU has also pledged to:  

  • Design middle school summer camps in the STEAM disciplines that will provide educational and career exploration for students in the middle schools. 
  • Host Wayne-Westland students in its “Extreme Science Saturdays” program. 
  • Establish a focused STEAM exploration day for Wayne-Westland middle schools. 
  • Host campus tours for Wayne-Westland students. 
  • Provide workshops for Wayne-Westland teachers in teaching techniques known as Active Collaborative Learning and Project-Based Learning. 

“The programs and degrees Lawrence Tech offers in the STEAM disciplines lead to exciting, well-paying careers that can help solve some of society's biggest problems, from sustainability to better health care,” LTU president Virinder Moudgil said. “Higher education improves people's lives in profound ways, and we're happy to partner with the Wayne-Westland Community Schools to offer more opportunities for their students.”

About Lawrence Technological University
Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. The Brookings Institution ranks Lawrence Tech fifth nationwide for boosting graduates’ earning power, PayScale lists it among the nation’s top 100 universities for graduates’ salaries, and U.S. News and World Report places it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus in Southfield, Michigan, include over 60 student organizations and NAIA, varsity, junior varsity, intramural, and club sports.

About Wayne-Westland Community Schools
Wayne-Westland Community Schools provides the best educational opportunities for our 9,500 students from Westland, Wayne, Canton Township, Dearborn Heights, Inkster, and Romulus. Wayne-Westland Community Schools has an early childhood center that serves children from birth to age five, 10 elementary schools (K-5), three middle schools (6-8), two high schools (9-12), an alternative education high school, and an ultra-modern facility for career-technical training. Great Futures Start Right Here! For more information, visit https://www.wwcsd.net

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