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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

2020 CEAT Summer Bridge students gather outside on the Library Lawn to celebrate their successful completion of the Summer Bridge Program.

The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) awarded Oklahoma State University’s College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT), a NACME Scholars Block Grant award of $120,000 and a NACME Summer Bridge Grant award of $20,000.

The NACME grant recognizes OSU’s commitment to the NACME Scholars Program, which recruits, enrolls, educates, retains and graduates underrepresented minority students in engineering, through providing both financial and programmatic support.

In partnership with NACME and CEAT, ONEOK scholarships will share the cost of awarding renewable annual scholarships in the amount of $2,500 per student for a cohort of 24 students, through a matching scholarship. This brings the total amount awarded to NACME/ONEOK Scholars to $60,000 per year for a total of $240,000 over four years.

Studies indicate students who participate in an academic focused, multi-week, residential rising freshman bridge program are more likely to graduate within five years and end their freshman year with a significantly higher cumulative GPA as compared to students who did not participate in a similar bridge program. To this end, NACME joins Phillips66 and countless others in support of the CEAT Summer Bridge Program.

The NACME Summer Bridge Grant will be used to award 5 incoming underrepresented freshmen $1,000 to help cover the cost of attending CEAT Summer Bridge, a 3-week preparatory program designed to guide students as they transition from high school to the academic rigors of CEAT coursework through academic review, mock exams, orientation seminars and engineering design projects.

Funding Breakdown

  2020-21 2021-22 2022-23 2023-24 Total
NACME Scholars $30,000 $30,000 $30,000 $30,000 $120,000
NACME Summer Bridge $5,000 $5,000 $5,000 $5,000 $20,000
Total $35,000 $35,000 $35,000 $35,000 $140,000

MEDIA CONTACT: Kristi Wheeler | CEAT Marketing and Communications | 405-744-5831|

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