The State of the Gifts

The State of the Gifts
Catching up on what’s become of some high-profile gifts and programs in CoE.

The College of Engineering's Center for Engineering Education and Diversity (CEED) is committed to increasing the pipeline of students who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM majors. In summer 2015, the Intel Corporation made a $5.5 million gift to CEED in order to support its efforts to recruit, retain and graduate underrepresented students in engineering and science fields for the subsequent five years.

Since then, Intel's gift has enabled CEED to increase the scope of its programs and reach more students.

For example, the Summer Engineering Institute (SEI), a three-week residential summer program for rising junior and senior high school students, has increased its enrollment by 33 percent, expanded its staff, and doubled its budget in order to enhance its program. 10 SEI alumni will be enrolling at Georgia Tech in fall 2016 and will be eligible for other CEED programs.

Intel's support also led to a 126 percent increase in Peer 2 Peer mentoring program awards, twice as many funded scholars in the Retaining Inspirational Students in Technology and Engineering (RISE) program (who also saw their scholarships grow from $7,500 to $20,000), a 90 percent increase in the number of students participating in Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE), and twice as much funding for the FOCUS program.

FOCUS is one of the longest running recruitment programs for underrepresented minority students who are interested in attending graduate school at Georgia Tech and is instrumental in recruiting talented graduate students. This year Rosalind Hudnell, the chief diversity officer and global director of education and external relations for the Intel Corporation, gave the keynote address at the FOCUS banquet.

With Intel's support, CEED has been able to reach and support more under-represented students than ever before.

“Intel invested $5 million in its partnership with Georgia Tech to help build the pipeline of diverse engineers in the tech industry. We anticipate this will benefit more than 1,000 students over five years through mentoring, access to meaningful research opportunities and scholarships,” says Barbara Whye, executive director for strategy and external alliances at Intel. “We believe Georgia Tech’s SEI, SURE, and peer-to-peer mentoring programs make a tremendous difference in strengthening engineering and computer science students’ commitment to their education. This will deepen the pipeline of technical talent for Intel and the industry at large."

ExxonMobil Success Program

The ExxonMobil Success Program[LLJ1] , which is run out of the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, provides mentoring, study help, and professional development assistance to minority students. The program also sponsors guest speakers from academia and business. Geared towards ChBE majors, the program also gives participants the chance to hear from industry representatives and tour local facilities in order to see large-scale chemical engineering in action.

Dozens of undergraduates participate in the program each year and are mentored by graduate students, who gain valuable leadership experience. The ExxonMobil Success Program also provides networking opportunities with Georgia Tech alumni who serve as guest speakers at program events.

Joe S. Mundy Global Learning Endowment

The Joe S. Mundy Global Learning Endowment gives students in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering the opportunity to participate in an international learning experience. Joe Mundy (CE ’65) served on the Georgia Tech advisory board, and his family foundation has supported the Institute for decades.

Established in 2009, the Global Learning Endowment has supported international travel for 161 civil and environmental engineering students, who have traveled to more than 60 countries. The program allows students to engage in a wide variety of educational and cultural experiences — from international research to a summer-long study abroad — that help them develop as leaders in the global community. The program also adds value to the degrees students earn at Georgia Tech, giving them a more well-rounded perspective of the world.

George International Study Abroad Scholarship

Industrial engineering graduate William W. “Bill” George (’64) didn’t study abroad at Georgia Tech, but he wants to make sure that current students have the opportunity to do so in order to gain an understanding of what it means to be a global citizen.

Students can apply for funding before committing to a study abroad program, making an invaluable international experience attainable for students who may not otherwise have the means to travel. Recipients receive up to $5,000 to be applied toward a Georgia Tech study- or intern-abroad program.

Godbold Family Foundation Scholarship

Francis S. “Bo” Godbold graduated from Georgia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering in 1965 and went on to have a successful career in the financial services industry. In 1999, the Godbold Family Foundation created an undergraduate scholarship program to help academically qualified students who face financial challenges meet their educational goals.

The scholarship is open to entering freshmen from specific counties in South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee. Godbold Scholars receive 100 percent of their financial needs met through scholarships, institute gift aid, and work-study opportunities.