Cummins Inc. and the National Society of Black Engineers have announced a new partnership to increase the success of retaining engineering majors from groups underrepresented in the field.The Cummins-NSBE Integrated Pipeline Program will be funded by a $1.48 million, five-year grant from Cummins.
The fund includes scholarship grants and academic and professional development support for select NSBE collegiate members beginning in their sophomore year, as well as one-on-one time with a mentor from Cummins.
The IPP is part of Cummins’ US Diversity Initiative and aligns with NSBE’s push toward the Society’s main strategic goal, which is to lead the U.S. to increase its number of black engineering bachelor’s degree recipients to 10,000 annually by 2025.
In its first year, five students from Howard University and five from Purdue University will be selected for the program. Scholarship recipients accepted into the program will each be awarded a total of $15,000 during their junior and senior years. Each scholar will be required to apply for one summer internship assignment with Cummins.
The program is open to majors in chemical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, industrial/systems engineering, mechanical engineering and software engineering.