1. To Increase the number of students applying to engineering graduate programs with an emphasis on low-income academically talented first generation students
  2. To increase the admission rate of low income academically talented first generation engineering applicants by improving the qualify of submitted graduate applications.
  3. To increase the number of low-income academically talented first generation graduate students that persist to graduation.
  4. To strengthen the workforce skills awareness of low-income academically talented first generation graduate students entering the workforce
  5. To contribute to the body of knowledge about successful strategies to recruit and retain engineering graduate students for contributions to the 21st century workforce

The program will admit applicants once a year from Fall 2016 through Fall 2019. Between 10-15 scholarships will be awarded each year (dependent upon on available NSF funding).