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Scholarships available for incoming computer, mechanical engineering technology students

May 24, 2012

Indiana State University has a limited number of scholarships available for students seeking to study computer or mechanical engineering technology this fall.

The $5,000 awards come from the Sycamore Technology Academics and Recruitment Scholarships, or STARS program, which is funded through a National Science Foundation grant. The scholarships are for incoming freshmen or transfer students who meet financial eligibility and who participate in additional programming and events.

"We also mentor STARS award recipients and involve them in hands-on learning experiences," said M. Affan Badar, STARS project director and chair of the applied engineering and technology department at ISU. "We are helping to make sure that this will help the retention and graduation rates for the students."

To be eligible for the program, incoming students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, show financial need of at least $5,000, have a 2.8 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and take at least 12 credit hours per semester.

The program started last year with six STARS scholars receiving the annual awards. Last academic year's STARS scholars each maintained GPAs higher than the minimum 2.8 required to renew the scholarship, Badar said. They have been renewed for the next year. These are the second-year award recipients and will receive $6,000 for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Eight new $5,000 awards are available for 2012-2013, with three students already named as scholars. They are: - Benjamin Baumgart, who is from Lanesville and attending Lanesville High School, will study computer engineering technology. - Matthew Goelz, who is from Indianapolis and attending Perry Meridian High School, will study mechanical engineering technology,- Jami Stinchcomb, who is from West Baden Springs and attended Springs Valley High School, is studying mechanical engineering technology.

"Looking at their resumes, each of them had good community volunteer experience and leadership-type opportunities at their high school," Badar said. "They all had a pretty high GPA as well."

The students receiving the award this year will have the opportunity to renew it for up to two additional years, Badar said. He hopes the program will attract more students to the mechanical engineering and computer engineering technology programs.

Perspective students from unrepresented groups, including people of color and women, are encouraged to apply. Each of the two STARS classes has at least one female, who are underrepresented in many technology fields.

"The STARS program funded through a grant by the National Science Foundation has done a terrific job of attracting students to Indiana State University," said Bradford Sims, dean of the College of Technology. "The great quality of students is reflected in the pool of applications that we receive. The students who receive the STARS award are tremendous, and we look forward to working with them when they arrive at Indiana State this fall."

This year's recipients will be able to renew their scholarships for two years if they meet certain requirements. More information about the STARS awards, and other scholarship available at Indiana State, can be found at

Photo: Technology Center at Indiana State University, which houses many of the programs in the College of Technology.

Photo: Affan Badar

Contact: M. Affan Badar, chair, STARS project director and chair of applied engineering and technology management department, College of Technology, Indiana State University, 812-237-3982 or

Writer: Austin Arceo, assistant director of media relations, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or