Creating Opportunities for Women in Engineering
Engineering is a vibrant and important degree at KSU. With more than 5,000 students, KSU has the second largest engineering college in the state and has the largest percentage of engineering graduates who remain in Georgia to work in this profession.
At Kennesaw State, we are going beyond just providing opportunities for our students; we are also creating pathways to help them achieve their goals.
One program doing just that is the WE-GROW Engineers Program in the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology. Supported by a $1 million National Science Foundation grant, the program provides scholarships and support services for engineering students with a focus on utilizing opportunities proven to increase retention of female engineering students, in particular, but is open to all high-achieving engineering students who demonstrate financial need.
According to the American Association of University Women, by the time students reach college, women are significantly underrepresented in STEM majors. In engineering, only approximately 21% of engineering majors are women.
Through the WE-GROW program, students receive annual scholarships of up to $8,800. In addition, they gain access to resources and services such as opportunities in undergraduate research, peer and career mentoring, peer tutoring and other STEM outreach efforts.
In the three short years since receiving the grant, WE-GROW has already begun to make a lasting impact on our students.
I am incredibly proud to see the success of this program, and I look forward to seeing more women make their mark in engineering. Likewise, I am equally proud of our faculty for taking the initiative to create a program that addresses a critical gap in STEM education.