Two graduating seniors from Southern Maryland just moved a lot closer to realizing their dreams of becoming an Engineer. Eudora Tak, of Leonardtown High School and Ryan Evans, of Patuxent High School won the 2015 The Patuxent Partnership’s Pathways to Engineering Scholarships.
The scholarship is designed to encourage students to pursue engineering degrees through a collaborative program between the College of Southern Maryland and University of Maryland. Recipients receive a full scholarship to attend CSM’s Engineering Program. The scholarship covers the cost of tuition, books, and any associated lab fees.
After graduating from the CSM program, students transfer to UMD’s A. James Clark School of Engineering and attend courses taught at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center.
TPP works with scholarship recipients on intern positions and mentors them during the Pathways to Engineering program. According to Bonnie Green, TPP Executive Director, “Our support for these students goes well beyond financial. We want to set them up for success by making sure they have access to mentors and other resources necessary to maximize their education experience.”
The first two students to complete TPP’s program, Sabrina Paz and Zachary Venables, will graduate from CSM this month. Both have been accepted to the UMD Mechanical Engineering program and will begin classes in the fall at SMHEC.
“Receiving this scholarship has had a tremendous impact on my life … and my future. Not only did the scholarship cover my educational costs during the first two years, but The Patuxent Partnership made sure that I had an engineering mentor and helped me find internships. The entire experience has been a blessing.” said Ms. Paz.
Mr. Venables said, “The Patuxent Partnership Pathways scholarship has helped me immensely both financially and in providing me with the contacts and information for internship positions and other opportunities in Southern Maryland.”
To learn more about the Pathways to Engineering scholarship and other opportunities, visit the St. Mary’s County Business, Education and Community Alliance (BECA) Scholarship page. Calvert students may apply through the Southern Maryland College Access Network (SoMD CAN) program.
To learn more about the Southern Maryland Pathways Program, visit the CSM Engineering page here.
The Patuxent Partnership works with government, industry and academia on initiatives in science and technology, hosts programs of interest to NAVAIR and the broader DoD community, supports workforce development including education initiatives and professional development. Visit the TPP website to learn more.