NEWARK, NJ – A new needs-based support program for undergraduate scholarships and pre-college STEM programs from the New Jersey Institute of Technology will come to the school as part of an agreement with the offshore wind developer, Ørsted.
A 10-year memorandum of understanding signed between NJIT and Ørsted is expected to create new scholarship and career development opportunities in the field of offshore wind for undergraduate engineering and computer science students at NJIT. It will also help fill the gap in STEM education for under-represented students in Newark with plans to expand a range of outreach events, initiatives and college preparation programs.
“This agreement marks the start of a promising partnership that opens up dynamic new opportunities for our hardworking and high performing students with one of the world’s leading developers of renewable energy projects,” said NJIT President Joel Bloom. “Equally important, it also reinforces NJIT’s long-standing commitment to improving access to STEM careers for young people in our city.”
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STEM-based initiatives will target students in local elementary, middle and high schools, offered through the university’s Center for Pre-College Programs and the NJIT-Newark Math and Science Initiative.
As part of the MOU, annual Ørsted Opportunity scholarships are expected to be made available to NJIT undergraduate students pursuing studies in fields of study related to Ørsted’s computer operations, such as electrical engineering. and computer science, information technology, computing and data science.
In addition to financial support and mentoring opportunities, scholarships can create new opportunities for cooperation, internships and full-time employment for NJIT students in fields related to offshore wind development.
The new partnership would also provide funding to the Center for Pre-College Programs at NJIT, which currently offers in-school and after-school STEM programs to more than 3,000 local elementary and high school students each year.
It would also serve to increase the number of Newark high school students who are able to pursue STEM degrees at NJIT through the university’s Math and Science Initiative program.
The Intensive Mathematics Program, launched in 2019 by the Center for Pre-College Programs, NJIT’s College of Science and Liberal Arts, City of Newark, and Newark Public Schools, aims to dramatically increase the number of Newark residents enrolled in the NJIT for the undergraduate. education to 600 students over the next five years.
“We are proud to partner with an institution like NJIT that does a great job preparing its students for the start of their careers, regardless of their family’s financial situation,” said David Hardy, CEO of Ørsted Offshore North America . “This scholarship fund will ensure that the next generation of offshore wind IT workers are ready to take on the many new roles that will be available to them after graduation.”