Pelham Scholars are socially-conscious engineers seeking to expand their education to solve society’s most pressing problems. We’re looking for students who share our commitment to diversity—in people and ideas. Being a Pelham Scholar provides you two semesters of free tuition, plus you’ll receive one-on-one mentorship with industry professionals and an education that prepares you for a successful and rewarding career as an industry thought leader. As a Pelham Scholar, you’ll be joining a close-knit campus community of faculty, staff, students and industry leaders who are invested in your success.
Get financial support for your degree. The Pelham Scholars Program pays for two full semesters of tuition, putting you in a strong financial position with higher earning potential. New graduates with a master’s degree can typically earn 10-20% more than new graduates with a bachelor’s degree.
Build your network. Pelham Scholars are offered professional development programming that enriches their education. This programming involves industry sponsors who offer their time for mentoring. This direct interaction with industry partners gives Pelham Scholars exclusive access to a high-caliber professional network that will accelerate your success in industry after you graduate.
Do daring projects. Our state-of-the-art facilities put your ideas to the test – but the real world is the best laboratory. Our collaborations also span across the globe – from Flint, Michigan to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – offering scholars the opportunity to work on real-world projects impacting communities. There’s nowhere your work can’t take you.
“I was drawn to the Pelham Scholars Program because of the professional focus. This is a critical skill that I did not see other programs prioritizing in the same way. Knowing that there was a small group of us let me know that we would each receive the attention we needed to develop professional skills and relationships.”
–Ariana Sabbat, Pelham Scholar 2019-2020
The Pelham Scholars Program is open to newly admitted students in a graduate degree program who:
And meet one or more of the following criteria:
You can find the application for our MSE and MEng programs here. Please note that there is no separate application for the Pelham Scholars Program – by applying to one of our master’s programs, you will automatically be considered for the Pelham Scholars Program.
We would like to thank our industry partners for their generous support of the Pelham Scholars Program:
If you are interested in becoming an industry partner or otherwise supporting the Pelham Scholars Program, please contact Melanie Zauel (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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