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Tuskegee University’s College of Engineering is one of three recipients to receive a share of $1 million from the Fluor Corporation and the Fluor Foundation Engineering Scholar Program for HBCUs. In partnership with North Carolina A&T University, and Texas’ Prairie View A&M University, Tuskegee University will receive $240,000 over the next three years to support and develop the ‘Makerspace’ facility.
The Makerspace lab will provide students a physical location, equipped with tools and machines, that will allow students to a learning environment that is conducive to academic growth. In addition, Tuskegee will also use the funds to, student peer mentoring and establish scholarships under Fluor’s Foundation, the Global University Sponsorship Program (GUSP).
“Tuskegee University is excited to come together in partnership with Fluor and its philanthropic arm, The Fluor Foundation to enhance the academic quality of Tuskegee’s engineering programs,” said Dr. Benjamin Oni, Interim Dean, College of Engineering, and Professor and Head, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. “This opportunity will help establish a collaboration with Fluor for active participation in the educational related activities within the College of Engineering.”
The program specifically addresses merit-based scholarships for civil, chemical, and mechanical engineering students; the integration of innovative experiential learning strategies; laboratory and creative workspace improvements; faculty professional development; and engineering student associations and groups.
"Fluor and the Fluor Foundation’s program will assist the universities’ science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs and students in further developing undergraduate research and capstone design projects,” said Torrence Robinson, president of the Fluor Foundation and senior director of Fluor Global Community Affairs.
Through its Global University Scholarship program, since 1952 the Fluor Foundation sponsors annual grants for more than 30 member colleges and universities focusing on engineering, construction, and business programs. The program fosters strong relationships between Fluor’s executives and university faculty, staff, and students. This leads to a more robust talent development pipeline enabling potential internship opportunities and future job prospects for qualified students.
As a part of the GUSP program, seven merit-based scholarships will be awarded each year to civil, chemical, and mechanical engineering majors at Tuskegee who have sustained the legacy of academic excellence of the engineering programs.
“The scholarship recipients will benefit from professional development with Fluor engineers, as well as gaining enhanced engineering experience, which will allow our students to become more competitive for internship opportunities and the global market,” noted Oni.
Under the terms of Fluor’s partnership Oni added, Tuskegee can earn an additional $140,000 through via dollar-for-dollar matching in coordination with external donors.
“Alumni financial support is strongly encouraged, as this will allow our students to thrive in today’s competitive global engineering and construction industry.”
About Fluor Corporation
Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) is building a better world by applying world-class expertise to solve its clients’ greatest challenges. Fluor’s 44,000 employees provide professional and technical solutions that deliver safe, well-executed, capital-efficient projects to clients around the world. Fluor had revenue of $14.2 billion in 2020 and is ranked 196 among the Fortune 500 companies. With headquarters in Irving, Texas, Fluor has provided engineering, procurement, and construction services for more than 100 years. For more information, please visit www.fluor.com or follow Fluor on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube.
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