The holiday season is a time to rejoice and relish time spent with family and friends. It is also a much needed moment of reflection, allowing us to give thanks for the things we often overlook.
As I think about the teams, partners and support that make this college so great, a key aspect of our success is our donors and their commitment to our students, faculty and staff.
Our students receive nearly $1 million in scholarships annually thanks to donor support. Scholarships allow our students to get more involved in our college, join professional societies, clubs and competition teams. They provide assistance during emergencies and allow students to participate in research and engage in a variety of ways. These opportunities would not be possible if our students were wrapped up in finding ways to afford their college education.
The average unmet need for our Vandals is about $5,000 per year. This unmet need is a focus of Brave. Bold. A Promise to Idaho’s Students, our recently launched philanthropic campaign focused on scholarships, experiential and hands-on learning opportunities, and programming that supports job placement and career success.
Despite our fast-growing population and economy, Idaho’s percentage of high school students pursuing a college education is much lower than the national average.
In the College of Engineering, we know scholarships open doors and forge the path for future engineers of all backgrounds. Mechanical engineering sophomore Kathy Ruiz is an incredible testament to that fact.
Kathy spent her first year at the University of Idaho working in the fields during the summer and full-time during the academic year to pay her way through school. With the help of scholarships, Kathy is now more focused than ever on academics and the hands-on, real-world experience for which our college is nationally known.
“Because of my scholarships, I was able to feel more comfortable in school not only because it was something I really wanted, but because I have this incredible support system from donors who want me to succeed.” Kathy Ruiz
In addition to her involvement with the U of I Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, she is helping the next generation of engineers get engaged in STEM education and learn more about our college, traveling to rural high schools as an Engineering Ambassador. She is also working in partnership with the National University of Colombia on a sustainability-focused research project.
Like Kathy, many students struggle to see obtaining a college degree as an attainable piece of their future, despite the fact that Idahoans with a college education earn on average $1.2 million more over their lifetimes and live nine years longer than those who do not.
Read more stories like Kathy’s in this edition of our newsletter. We’ve published a few of the thank you cards our students have written to their scholarship donors, and how these donations allow them to focus on what’s most important in college – a fantastic education and a meaningful student experience.
Thank you for your support of our students and being part of our Vandal family. I hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday season!
John Crepeau, Ph.D, P.E. Interim Dean College of Engineering
Giving Thanks: Student Scholarships
Each semester, our students write thank you cards to the donors who funded the scholarships they received. Every scholarship donor in the college receives a note. If you are one of those, keep an eye on your mailbox this holiday season! - Read More Letters on Facebook
Students Earn More than $7K at GCSP Pitch Event
Six engineering students earned a total of $7,500 during the sixth annual Grand Challenge Scholars Program (GCSP) Pitch Event last week! – Learn more
2020 and 2021 Academy of Engineers
Eleven engineering leaders were recognized during our Academy of Engineers induction ceremony late October. - Read Their Bios
SWE Attends Largest Conference for STEM Women
Our Society of Women Engineers U of I Chapter recently attended the world’s largest conference for women in engineering and technology, the #WE21 national conference in Indianapolis. Their travel was sponsored by industry partners Avista, BP, POWER Engineers and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories. - Give to U of I SWE
Thinking of our Vandal Engineer Veterans
How does an engineering mindset lend toward military service? Take it from our alumni: “Engineering teaches you to be a problem-solver, and that is what being an officer in the military is – I helped solve problems. I learned that an engineering degree could be used for almost any type of engineering, as the skillset was the same.” – Kristin Eis ’94 - Read More Stories on Facebook
Worldwide Chemical Engineering Professionals
Vandal engineers part of the world's leading organization for chemical engineering professionals!
Chemical engineering students were recently in Boston for the 2021 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) annual meeting, presenting their research and networking with industry leaders.
Students also participated in the ChemE Jeopardy Competition. Teams compete to answer engineering questions in a jeopardy-style elimination competition. - Learn More About Our ENGR Clubs