Wayne-Westland Community Schools and Lawrence Technological University have partnered to offer students the opportunity to earn a college scholarship to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, arts, or math (STEAM). The Blue Devil Wayne-Westland Scholars program will provide scholarships to 50 Wayne-Westland students from John Glenn and Wayne Memorial High School and the William D. Ford Career-Technical Center. Each scholarship is worth $80,000.
“This new partnership accomplishes several of our goals as a school district. We want to create more STEAM scholars to fill the huge talent gap in those disciplines. This gap is especially severe in Southeast Michigan,” said Dr. John Dignan, superintendent, Wayne-Westland Community Schools.
In addition to the Blue Devil Wayne-Westland Scholars program, LTU will also:
· Design middle school summer camps in the STEAM disciplines that will provide educational and career exploration for students in the middle schools.
· Host students in its “Extreme Science Saturdays” program.
· Establish a focused STEAM exploration day for Wayne-Westland middle schools.
· Host campus tours for Wayne-Westland students.
· Provide workshops for Wayne-Westland teachers in teaching techniques known as Active Collaborative Learning and Project-Based Learning.
“The programs and degrees Lawrence Tech offers in the STEAM disciplines lead to exciting, well-paying careers that can help solve some of society’s biggest problems, from sustainability to better health care,” LTU president Virinder Moudgil said. “Higher education improves people’s lives in profound ways, and we’re happy to partner with the Wayne-Westland Community Schools to offer more opportunities for their students.”
Lawrence Technological University is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management.
The Brookings Institution ranks Lawrence Tech fifth nationwide for boosting graduates’ earning power, PayScale lists it among the nation’s top 100 universities for graduates’ salaries, and U.S. News and World Report places it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus in Southfield, Michigan, include over 60 student organizations and NAIA, varsity, junior varsity, intramural, and club sports.
Wayne-Westland Community Schools provides the best educational opportunities for our 9,500 students from Westland, Wayne, Canton, Dearborn Heights, Inkster, and Romulus.