Full-tuition scholarships provided for summer engineering program

DAYTON — The popular Engineering Innovation program is returning to Clark State Community College this summer, with full-tuition scholarships guaranteed to qualified local students until the program reaches capacity.

Johns Hopkins University’s Engineering Innovation program is a fun and engaging four-week college-level summer program for motivated high school students with an aptitude in math and science and an interest in — or curiosity about — engineering.

During this non-residential (day) program that runs from June 26 through July 21, students apply their knowledge of math and science to projects and problems that range from how to design a robot that moves toward light to constructing the strongest possible bridge out of dry spaghetti. Participants who complete the EI program with grades of “B” or better are eligible to receive a Johns Hopkins University transcript with three engineering elective credits.

To be accepted into the Clark State program, students must have completed algebra II, trigonometry and at least one basic lab science course, such as biology, chemistry or physics, with grades of “B” or better. Tuition is free to accepted students from Clark, Madison, Miami, Montgomery, Green, Logan, and Champaign counties in Ohio. Scholarships also are available to qualified students from other areas.

This is the third year for the Springfield-based program, which is one of 13 around the country operated by Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering in Baltimore. As part of the Clark State program, students will travel for one day to the Johns Hopkins campus, where they will tour the university, speed network with practicing engineers, interact with Homewood campus EI students, and attend a college-level lecture.

Kyle Taylor, a Champaign County resident who attended the Clark State program for two years, characterizes the program as “life-changing.”

“The Engineering Innovation program is incredible. It exposes high school students to many types of engineering, allowing them to attend college-level lectures, solve problems, experience hands-on projects, test theories, and learn to think like engineers. I was challenged at a level higher than any challenge I have experienced. The program gave me the opportunity to push my limits and work hard to solve problems,” said Taylor, who will be a senior at Nightingale Montessori School in Springfield this fall.

Applications are due by June 5. For more information, call (410) 516-6224, email ei@jhu.edu, visit the program website or call Kanesha Hall, manager of STEM programming for Clark State Community College, at (937) 328-6079.