New Scholarship Supports Community College Transfers to Michigan Tech

08/16/2022

A new program will help students from community and technical colleges follow their dreams to Michigan Technological University. Anonymous donors recently endowed a scholarship to support undergraduate students transferring into programs in Michigan Tech’s College of Engineering and/or College of Computing. 

The scholarship program, called Husky Technology Pathways, will cover half the cost of full-time undergraduate tuition for two years. Priority will be given to students from Tech’s partner colleges in the MiCUP Scholars Program — Delta College, Grand Rapids Community College and the Wayne County Community College District — but students from other community colleges in Michigan and technical colleges in Wisconsin will also be eligible. Scholarship recipients may also be eligible for additional forms of financial aid or student loans. 

The main goals of Husky Technology Pathways are to support workforce development in Michigan, enhance the University’s relationships with community colleges and provide opportunities for student populations who are underrepresented at Michigan Tech.

Gabriel Escobedo, the director for Michigan Tech’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion, is grateful for the donor support. “When the donors approached the University with this scholarship, I was moved by how much these individuals cared about fostering a genuine Husky experience for traditionally underserved and underrepresented transfer students, especially those who are a part of our MiCUP program,” he said. “They understood that many are unable to fulfill their ambitions due to financial constraints and created this scholarship to support highly talented students in not just obtaining a Michigan Tech degree, but to also enter their dream career. This scholarship opportunity will enable Michigan Tech’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion to recruit more future scholars to join Michigan’s flagship STEM university.”

The donors hope the program will continue to grow through industry engagement and additional philanthropic support. Anyone interested in making a contribution to Husky Technology Pathways should contact Michigan Tech Director of Advancement Bryant Weathers at weathers@mtu.edu.