CSU, Chico News

National Science Foundation Awards CSU, Chico $598,000 for Scholarships in Computer Science, Engineering and Engineering Technology

Date: 09-04-2007

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

The California State University, Chico Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) Program has received $598,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for scholarships for educationally disadvantaged students.

The award puts the total of scholarship funds received from NSF to $1.7 million over a seven-year period.

Approximately 40 students with financial need entering the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management will receive $4,250 scholarships for up to three years via the NSF grant.

The new Computer Science, Engineering and Engineering Technology Scholarships, which will be known as CEET, will be administered by MESA’s Engineering Program (MEP). Scholarships will begin in fall 2008 and extend to 2012.

Paul Villegas, MESA program director, said the recent award brings the total of students assisted with NSF scholarship funds to more than 200.
“The impact of these awards on students is really substantial,” said Villegas. “For some it is been the reason they have chosen to attend our institution versus other schools. This new award will help us continue to support our students and allow them to focus on their education.”

“The continuing support of NSF for our MESA students is deeply appreciated,” said CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg, “ but it is also necessary. For it not only represents a commitment to students who need this help, but it also helps address the critical shortage of math and science-educated students that our state and national workforce so acutely needs. Chico State is part of the solution to this challenge, which our successful partnership with NSF underscores.”

Villegas said approximately 250 institutions competed for NSF awards, with 90 funded. He said the high quality of the University and the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management played a major role in receiving the awards. Evidence of student success in engineering and manufacturing contests, student scores on professional exams and letters from corporations that have hired CSU, Chico graduates accompany the scholarship application.

This award will expire in 2012.