Summer Youth Diversity Incentive Awards (SYDIA)

Criteria: awarded to Michigan and non-Michigan residents who are new incoming first year undergraduate students. Awarding for the scholarship will have both merit and need based considerations. Recipients must have participated in a Summer Youth academic program at Michigan Tech.

How to apply: Applicants must complete an essay (requirements below).

Value: variable up to $4,000 per year.

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By participating in a Michigan Technological University Summer Youth Experience, you took the first step to securing your future. Your week on campus began your college experience and provided a diverse environment. Now is your chance to use that experience and apply for the Summer Youth Diversity Incentive Award (SYDIA).

To be considered for these scholarships, you need to complete the following steps:

To apply for the SYDIA you will need to complete an essay by answering the question:"Leaders have the ability to ask outstanding questions that make people think and inspire action. What question do you feel you should answer for this scholarship application? Tell us your question, and provide your answer. There is no wrong answer (or question), so have fun--and don't be afraid to think outside the box."  The essay should be typed and not exceed one page double-spaced in length. With your essay please include the following information:

  • Full Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Michigan Tech ID number (if known)
  • Email address

Please email your essay to, with a subject line of "SYDIA".  Alternately, you may fax your response to 906-487-3042 or mail it to: Michigan Tech Financial Aid, 1400 Townsend Dr., Houghton, MI 49931.

Scholarship decisions will be made by mid-March and will be communicated to recipients as part of their financial aid award package which they will receive in the spring. All other applicants will be notified of the decision via their Michigan Tech email address.

The Summer Youth Program and the University Scholarship Committee wishes you the best of luck in your senior year and in the competition. We look forward to seeing you on our campus this fall.