Incoming Tuskegee University freshmen who want to jump-start their engineering careers can apply for a scholarship that covers an intensive eight-week summer program of mathematics, science, engineering, graphics, and freshman orientation courses.
Lockheed Martin donated $90,000 in scholarships for students attending the university’s Freshman Accelerated Start up and Training for Retention in Engineering Curricula (FASTREC), the school announced Nov. 6.
The summer program has given graduating high school seniors a leg up on their competition for nearly three decades. The head-start includes up to seven course credits toward a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering.
Dr. Heshmat Aglan, interim dean of the College of Engineering, said participants are awarded a full scholarship, which includes books, tuition, and supplies.
“Tuskegee University thanks Lockheed Martin for their support of the FASTREC program which is a staple in the College of Engineering program that prepares students for successful matriculation, retention and persistence,” said Dr. Brian L. Johnson, president of Tuskegee University.
The Alabama college has a long aviation history and is known for producing the Tuskegee Airmen who flew P-51 Mustangs during World War II.
The university was founded in 1881 by Booker T. Washington and is home to approximately 3,000 students from the United States and 30 foreign countries.