More Than a Scholarship
The Engineering Career Awareness Program is designed to recruit students who are underrepresented in the field of engineering, and to give these students the support they need to feel comfortable, confident and ready to succeed. The ECAP program provides financial assistance to qualifying students, but ECAP is much more than a scholarship. Starting with a three-week summer bridge program and continuing through graduation and beyond, ECAP students become part of a family.
Benefits of ECAP
ECAP provides scholarships to students who are underrepresented in the field of engineering. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of finacial need as determined by the FAFSA as well as academic leadership and potential. ECAP students receive financial assistant for tuition, fees, books, and room and board.
ECAP students are required to participate in extra-curricular activities every summer, including internships. Some of the places that ECAP students have interned include Walmart, Murphy Oil, Tyson Foods, The Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Conoco-Phillips.
ECAP students are also encouraged to study abroad. Studying abroad allows students to broaden their professional network and develop academically. Costa Rica and Germany are just a couple of the many countries that have been visited by ECAP students.
Students who choose to do undergraduate research are supported by the ECAP program. Past research projects done by ECAP students include radio frequency identification, stream preservation, biodiesel fuel, and concrete damage prevention.
Quotes from Students
“It was a pure blessing. My grandma cried and told me she loved me and she was proud of me. ECAP was a dream come true.”
“My family was ecstatic. It took a huge weight off of their shoulders.”
“ECAP gave me the ability to focus on my education without having to worry about the financial burdens.”
“ECAP is a family-like support system that helps the people who need it get through school.”
“ECAP helps students take their degree to a whole different level. It’s college up a notch; it’s how much can you do in four years. By the time you leave, you’ve gained experience through internships, research, talking to people, meeting people. You have a network, you’ve learned about life in general and what it means to be an engineer.”
“ECAP is a family. We grow together, we learn together, we succeed together. I will know my ECAP classmates for the rest of my life.”