Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is launching a college-based merit and leadership scholars program. The school says the first-of-its-kind program is designed to support STEM students, with 81 first-year students taking part in the inaugural class.
Rose-Hulman says a $10 million gift from alumnus Niles Noblitt and his wife, Nancy, will fund the Noblitt Scholars program. The program will be led by a faculty program director who will serve as a mentor for students as they identify their career path.
“We are extremely grateful to Nancy and Niles for their generosity and commitment to the success of our students,” said Rose-Hulman President Robert Coons. “By establishing a nationally recognized merit scholars program, we’ll continue to provide the personal attention that is the hallmark of a Rose-Hulman education but in exciting new ways that will bring transformative societal change. I believe this gift will also be transformational to the institute, helping to position Rose-Hulman as a national leader in educating students in STEM fields.”
Eighty-one first-year students were selected to be part of the inaugural class of Noblitt Scholars, beginning with the 2020-21 academic year.
Each student scholar will have the opportunity to participate in educational travel, mentoring, and leadership development workshops. In addition, the school says Noblitt Scholars will receive enhanced scholarships up to the cost of full tuition.
“We wanted to establish a program that will enable our students to make a positive impact on environmental, infrastructure, health care and other major challenges as soon as possible,” said Noblitt. “This program will further unlock the tremendous potential of Rose-Hulman’s talented and hard-working student body.”
Rose-Hulman says the program hopes to add 55 first-year students each year. Noblitt Scholars will remain in the program for their entire four years at Rose-Hulman.