Bosch's $500,000 grant targets automotive engineering grad students

Published on Thursday, June 26, 2014

A $500,000 grant from the Bosch Community Fund will establish an endowment in perpetuity for automotive-engineering fellowships that are aimed at diversifying the workforce and inspiring the next generation of engineers and scientists.

Fellowships of $20,000 a year will go to exemplary students who seek a master of science in automotive engineering at Clemson University–International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) in Greenville.

Each year, the chair of Clemson’s automotive engineering department will recommend a recipient. Final approval will be determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid and the Graduate School.

The awards will target students who are from groups with low representation in engineering and science, including women and minorities.

Bosch fellows will go to local elementary and middle schools, where they will participate in activities that support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Those schools will include the Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School, which opens in August at CU-ICAR’s Millenium Campus.

The intent is for the Bosch fellows to help reverse some troubling trends.

Educators have struggled to recruit students into STEM fields and keep them interested throughout their academic careers.

It’s a national problem raising concerns that significant parts of the population could be falling behind in some of the country’s fastest-growing and highest-paying job markets.

Bosch has operations in more than 30 U.S. locations, including four in South Carolina.   Charleston and Fountain Inn each have one, and Anderson has two.






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