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Tech360 Scholarship Program

Designed to offer extraordinary academic, financial, and peer support, the Tech360 Scholarship Program provides 360 degrees of guidance, encouragement, and reinforcement for students from underserved populations. 

In addition to financial support, students will be enrolled in our ExSEL Program (Excelling the Student Experience of Learning), designed to promote student success. 

Award Value: Twelve to fifteen students will be awarded a $5,000 annual scholarship in additional to other Michigan Tech merit-based aid they may qualify for. Need-based aid is also available for qualifying students. 

The essay question: Provide a response to the following essay question. You may submit a written response (about 300 words), or upload a video response (maximum of three minutes) of you personally addressing the essay topic. 

Michael Jordan has said, “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” Share with us an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you and what lessons did you learn? How will you apply those lessons toward succeeding at Michigan Tech?

Who Should Apply

High school seniors from the following schools, districts, and partnerships are encouraged to apply for Tech360. Students must enroll at Michigan Tech in the fall following high school graduation.

  • Beecher High School (Flint, MI)
  • Belleville High School (MI)
  • College Decision Day participants (Detroit, MI)
  • Detroit EAA Public Schools (MI)
  • Detroit Public Schools (MI)
  • Jackson Public Schools (MI)
  • Kalamazoo Public Schools (MI)
  • Northwestern High School (Flint, MI)
  • Southwestern Academy (Flint, MI)
  • Booker T. Washington High School (Houston, TX)
  • Chicago Public Selective Enrollment High Schools (IL)
  • Cristo Rey Jesuit High School (MN)
  • Don Bosco Technical High School (Rosemead, CA)
  • McKinley Technology High School (Washington, DC)
  • Noble Street Charter High Schools (Chicago, IL)
  • Northwestern High School (Hyattsville, MD)
  • St. Joan Antida (Milwaukee, WI)

How to Apply

Students must apply for admission to Michigan Tech by December 20.

Use our online application page to submit your written or video essay response. Please choose the essay format (written or video) that you’re most comfortable with—essays will be judged equally regardless of format.

Application Deadline and Other Important Dates

  • December 20: Tech360 Scholarship applications are due by 11:59 p.m. (eastern time). You must also have an application for admission on file by this date.
  • January 10: Award recipients and applicants are notified

What We Are Looking For

The scholarship committee is interested in getting to know you. Students will be evaluated not only on the experience shared through the essay response, but in how the information in conveyed.

Essay Tips

  1. Don't think about the answer we’re looking for--think about what you want to share with us.
  2. We want to get to know more about you, hear how you’ve learned from your past, and find out how you plan to use those lessons to succeed at Michigan Tech.
  3. If you plan to write your essay, we strongly encourage you use Word or a similar program that allows you to copy and paste into the online application system. At this time, our application system does not allow you to save your work to complete it at a later date.
  4. If you decide to submit a video response for your essay, feel free to use the video function from a smart phone or tablet, digital video camera, or other device.
  5. With these suggestions in mind, ensure that your essay is well written, free of errors, follows the instructions, and is submitted on time. The application system will close at 11:59 p.m. (eastern time) on December 20--late submissions will not be accepted.

Additional Scholarship Details

See our Financial Aid Tech360 page for additional details.

For more information, contact Bill Roberts, Director of Financial Aid at wrrobert@mtu.edu or 888-688-1885.