Center for Diversity and Inclusion


The MiCUP Scholars Program is a collaborative effort between three Michigan community colleges and Michigan Tech, which brings students to Michigan Tech's campus for 7 weeks in the summer to participate in a research/project experience  with a Staff/Faculty or Graduate Student  mentor, the participants are enrolled in an honors research course, complete community services, and end the program with a research poster presentation.

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The MiCUP Scholars Program encourages community college students to continue to follow their dreams of a higher education. For those who come from a low-income background and/or who are the first in their family to go to college, MiCUP Scholars Program makes the transition to a four-year university an achievable goal, and is targeted specifically to students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This program is highly competitive with only 14 available spots, priority is given to students studying science, technology engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

About the Program

During the MiCUP Scholars Program, students learn by doing, the best approach to succeeding in the STEM disciplines.

The program shows students what it is like to live and study on a university campus, how to navigate challenges, and how to make the most of opportunities. The summer experience also includes recreational activities, tutoring sessions, social events, and weekly meetings with MiCUP directors to ensure that students are prepared for a smooth and positive transition to a university environment.

Students will participate in a seven-week summer research experience at Michigan Tech, where they:

  • Will live in a Michigan Tech residence hall,
  • Take a one credit university summer course, and
  • Work with a faculty or staff mentor on a research project.


Students who are interested in applying to MiCUP Scholars Program must:

  • Have earned a minimum 2.80 GPA
  • Currently enrolled in a partner Community College
  • Completed at least one year at the community college
  • Wish to continue their education at a four-year institution
  • Be a US Citizen or permanent resident
  • Resident of Michigan

MiCUP’s Summer Research Internship begins the first week of May and continues through June. The required orientation weekend starts the Friday before the program begins.


As part of the MiCUP Scholars Program students will receive:

  • $2,500 Stipend
  • Room and meals in a Michigan Tech residence hall
  • Scholarship for a one credit university summer course
  • An opportunity to develop a professional research poster with your faculty/staff mentor
  • Greater earning potential (Bureau of Labor estimates that someone with a bachelor’s degree earns about 20 percent more per week than someone with an associate’s degree.)

How to Apply:

All applicants should meet with their Community College liaison for support and guidance through the application process.

The Summer 2021 Online Application 

MiCUP Scholars Program Contacts

Michigan Technological University

  • Kellie Raffaelli, Director, Center for Diversity and Inclusion., 906-487-2920

Delta College Liaison

  • Dr. Russel CurleyDean of Enrollment Management, 989-686-9339
    University Center, Ml -

Grand Rapids Community College Liaison

  • Anna Maria Clark, Program Advisor - 616-234-4150
    Grand Rapids, Ml -

Wayne County Community College District Liaison

  • Dr. Tammy Anderson, Associate Vice Chancellor of District Student Services - 313-496-2689
    Detroit, MI -

2018 MiCUP Brochure (Outside)
2018 MiCUP Brochure (Inside)

The MiCUP program evolved from the King-Chavez-Parks Initiative that Michigan's Department of Labor and Economic Growth established in 2000 to give the state's most educationally disadvantaged citizens an opportunity to complete college degrees, preferably in STEM fields, and obtain employment. The MiCUP Transfer Transition Program began in 2000 as the MiCUP Unlock Your Future Program. Michigan Tech received a five-year grant in 2006 and a six-year grant in 2011.In 2017, the King-Chavez-Parks Initiative awarded Michigan Tech a six-year grant to continue this shared goal.

Delta College 
 Michgian Tech