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Northrop Grumman Foundation/NSBE

Northrop Grumman and NSBE holding a check"...Programs such as this one are crucial to graduating Black Engineers by providing professional, academic and financial support to those (who) might not otherwise have access." — Sebrenia Coleman, Florida A&M University

Announced at NSBE's 42nd Annual Convention in Boston, in March 2016, the Northrop Grumman Foundation/ NSBE Integrated Pipeline Program aims to provide 72 engineering students with $8,000 scholarship grants, internship opportunities with leading STEM corporations and year-round academic and professional development support. Funded by the Northrop Grumman Foundation to the tune of $2 million over three years, the program is partnering with three Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) — Florida A&M University, Howard University and North Carolina A&T University — to advance NSBE's continuing efforts to increase the number of Black Engineers.

The first cohort of 24 Northrop Grumman Foundation/NSBE scholars was selected in December, and their participation in the program will kick off with a summit meeting this March, during NSBE's 43rd Annual Convention in Kansas City, Mo. All of this year's scholars are sophomores concentrating in computer science or computer, mechanical, electrical or industrial/ systems engineering.

The grants are a part of a larger institutional capacitybuilding program to build upon and support the efforts of the selected HBCUs to recruit, retain and graduate more black engineering students. At present, the program includes FAMU, Howard and North Carolina A&T. Plans to include additional HBCUs and non-HBCU institutions are under consideration. Learn more about the scholars' program here.